Elliot (also spelled Eliot, Elliott, Eliott and Elyot) is a personal name which can serve as either a surname or a given name. Although the given name was historically given to males, females named Elliot have seen an increase in recent years. For example, one of the main characters on the television show Scrubs was female and named Elliot. The origin of the surname is obscure, perhaps due to much of the genealogy of the Eliott clan being burnt in the destruction of the castle at Stobs in 1712 AD. The clan society usually accepts that the name originated from the town and river Elliot in Angus, Scotland. Some other sources suggest it may be derived from a French form of Elias, which is itself derived from the biblical name "Elijah". Other sources claim that the Scottish surnames (Eliott, Elliot) originate from the Ellot Scottish border-clan, from a transformation of the name Elwold. There are also records in the Domesday Book of the name spelled "Ailiet", thought to originate from an old English name "Æþelgeat" (meaning "noble gate") and leading to the English and Scottish given name speller "Elyat", which in turn leads to the modern alternative spelling of the name "Elyot".

It is generally agreed that spelling of the surname originated in the early 13th century as "Eliot" as there is reference to "Geoffrey Eliot", Abbot of Hyde in documents linked to the creation of the Magna Carta. Later, around the 15th century (although the precise dates are unknown) derivations began to appear and now the original spelling is relatively uncommon.

Among the many famous people with this name, the most notable include authors T. S. Eliot and pseudonymous George Eliot. Other uses of the word include:

Read more about Elliot:  Surname, Given Name

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Elliot - Given Name
... Elliot Brown, Singer and songwriter Elliott Carter, American composer Elliot Easton, lead guitarist for the Cars Elliott Ecton, lead guitarist for Signum A.D ... Elliot Eisner, American educational theorist and art educator Elliot Gleave, British singer/rapper Elliot Goldenthal, American composer Elliott Gould ...
Arthur Elliot (politician)
... The Honourable Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (17 December 1846 – 12 February 1923), known as Arthur Elliot, was a British journalist and Liberal Unionist politician ...
List Of Hollyoaks Characters (2008) - Roger Kiddle
... Occupation Physics Lecturer Roger Kiddle is a Physics lecturer who befriended Elliot Bevan and took an interest in Sarah Barnes ... Elliot let Roger sleep in his room while he was busy, and walked in on Roger and Sarah in bed, which helped drive Elliot to a nervous breakdown ... Meanwhile, Sarah was disgusted by Roger's behaviour towards Elliot and was shocked when she met his wife Jennifer ...
Little Jock Elliot - Synopsis
... John Elliot of Park was a famous Scottish border reiver and infamous plunderer and cattle 'lifter' from the powerful Elliot family along the lawless Scottish ... He is also the subject of a well-known Border ballad called "Little Jock Elliot" ... The ballad asserts Elliot's prowess in battle and contains the famous refrain "My name is Little Jock Elliot, and wha daur meddle wi' me!," which has traditionally been offered as one possible source ...
List Of Hollyoaks Characters (2009) - Gareth Bevan
... owner Family Wife Bonnie Bevan Carly Bevan Sons Elliot Bevan Maynard Bevan Gareth Bevan, played by Phil Howe, is the father of Elliot Bevan who arrived in Hollyoaks in August 2009 ... Gareth was mentioned in 2008 when Elliot planned to meet the man who had walked out on himself and his mother when he was young ... It was announced that Elliot would be shocked when his father turns up and causes problems for him and girlfriend, Leila Roy ...

Famous quotes containing the word elliot:

    I’ll be right here.
    Melissa Mathison, U.S. screenwriter, and Steven Spielberg. ET, ET The Extra-Terrestrial, saying goodbye to Elliot as he touches Elliot’s forehead—ET’s final words in the film (1982)

    The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let’s think about what’s the whole battle.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner)

    I think I’m going to have a drink.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner)