Elvis (name)

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Elvis is a given name. It is an anglicisation of the Irish name of Saint Ailbe.[1] However, Ailbe may itself be a gaelicisation of an Ancient British name such as Eilfyw or Eilfw,[2] and the saint was also a popular figure in medieval Wales, where he was claimed to be of Ancient British descent.[3]

The earlier meaning of Ailbe is uncertain; it may have been understood in the Middle Ages to derive from Irish ail, 'rock',[4] but this is unlikely to have been its historical meaning.

In internet sources, the name is widely claimed to derive from Old English Eall-wīs, meaning "all-wise", but the development of w > v would be irregular and the name is not, in any case, attested in Anglo-Saxon sources;[5] it is possible that this claim is inspired by the existence of the Old Norse mythological name Alvíss.[6] Other alternative etymologies have been proposed for the name, including that it is derived from the surname Elwes, and that it is related to the Welsh name Alwyn.

Usage[edit]

Most commonly, it refers to American singer Elvis Presley (1935–1977). It may also be the first name of people who were born before Presley became a household name, as in the case of the former U.S. administrator Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. (1916–1998, born the same year as Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Elvis Presley),[7] but in most cases it refers to those who either took the name themselves, as was the case with the UK/born singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, or were given the name by their parents as a tribute to Presley.[citation needed]

According to a recent study by the UK-based People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, the name Elvis ranks eight in the top ten celebrity names chosen for a pet dog in Britain.[8]

People with the name[edit]

Sports[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Elvis Costello (born 1954), the stage name of Declan Patrick MacManus, an English musician and singer
  • Elvis Crespo (born 1971), Puerto Rican Merengue singer
  • Elvis Maswanganyi, South African DJ, better known as DJ Mujava
  • Elvis Otieno (a.k.a. "Sir Elvis") Kenyan singer of U.S.-style country music.
  • Elvis Perkins (born 1976), American singer/songwriter, son of actor Anthony Perkins
  • Elvis Presley (1935–1977), American singer, also known as ''The King of Rock & Roll'', or simply ''The King''.
  • Elvis J. Kurtovich (born 1962), the stage name of Mirko Srdić, a Bosnian musician and singer[9]
  • Elvis Blue (born 1979), stage name of South African Idols' season 6 winner Jan Hoogendyk.

Government[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • Elvis Duran (born 1964), host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show

Journalism[edit]

  • Elvis Mitchell (born 1958), American film critic, formerly with the New York Times
  • Sir George Elvis, a character in the tragic play, Sir Thomas Overbury, by Richard Savage, 1724
  • Elvis "EJ" DiMera, a character on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives
  • Elvis Cridlington, fireman on the UK children's TV programme Fireman Sam
  • Elvis Cole, a private detective in books by Robert Crais

Additional notes[edit]

L. Albeus, also Ailbe, Ailbhe,[10][11][12] from Saint Ailbe, the Bishop of Munster who baptised St. David.

St Elvis, Pembrokeshire, place in South Wales,[13] near St David's.

Monument/Shrine to St. Ailbe at 51°52′12.68″N 5°10′43.2″W / 51.8701889°N 5.178667°W / 51.8701889; -5.178667 has an explanation.

The name Ailbhe remains a common female name in Ireland.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iseabail Macleod and Terry Freedman, The Wordsworth Dictionary of First Names: A Concise and Useful Guide to the Origins and Meanings of Over 2000 Names (Ware: Wordsworth, 1995), p. 68; Leslie Dunkling and William Gosling, Everyman's Dictionary of First Names, 3rd edn (London: Dent, 1991), pp. 82-83.
  2. ^ Plummer, Charles (1968) [1910]. Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae [Lives of the Saints of Ireland]. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon. p. 46 ff., vol. 1. 
  3. ^ "Saint Elvis" in Terry Breverton's Wales: A Historical Companion, pp. 164 f. Amberley Publishing (Stroud), 2009.
  4. ^ S. Baring-Gould and John Fisher. The Lives of the British Saints: The Saints of Wales and Cornwall and Such Irish Saints as Have Dedications in Britain, 4 vols (London: Clark for the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1907-13), I pp. 129-30, accessed from https://archive.org/details/livesofbritishsa01bariuoft 24 November 2010.
  5. ^ Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England. 2000–. Available at http://www.pase.ac.uk (accessed 24 November 2010).
  6. ^ Cf. "Re: Etymology of "Elvis"". Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Elvis Presley roots in Scotland". Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Elvis Lives! Just ask UK pet owners...". PDSA. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2009. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ hr:Elvis J. Kurtović
  10. ^ "St. Ailbhe". Catholic Online. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Rabenstein, Katherine I. (1998). "Saint of the Day, September 12". St. Patrick Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Dunkling, Leslie (1977). First Names First. Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. ISBN 978-0-460-12025-8. 
  13. ^ Google map of St Elvis, Pembrokeshire
  14. ^ "Three Irish-language Poets Named For Western Writers' Centre Project". 26 November 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2009.