The name in the West Country derives from the Eliot family (South England) of Cornwall at Port Eliot/St.
Germans, who claim descent from a Norman knight, Sir William de Aliot.
Bretons also settled in the north, as vassals of the Breton Earl of Richmond, Alan of Penthievre.
One variant in Scotland was Dalliot (or, more likely, d'Alliot) and a variation from the Breton original name Ellegouet, from which the Scots variant Elligott is derived, is to be found in clusters in Finistere. Robert Bell in The Book of Scots-Irish Family Names adds: "For double L and double T, / the Scots should look across the sea!Legend also has it that the extra "t" in Eliott arose when a branch of the Eliotts adopted Christianity.It is claimed that the surname originated in the early 13th century as "Eliot", as there is supposed to be a reference to "Geoffrey Eliot", Abbot of Hyde, in documents linked to the creation of the Magna Carta.Whatever their true origin, the Scottish Elliots became notorious Border Reivers – cattle thieves – in the Scottish-English border area and a thorn in the side of both governments.The whole subject of the Scottish name origin is discussed by Keith Elliot Hunter on the Elliot Clan website However, Mark Elliot presents a well-argued case that there is no connection between the Elliot river and town with the clan and believes the origins are in the first name of Elwald, which appears in Northumberland in the 8th century king, Elwald 1.It is unknown exactly when the Eliots settled in Devon, but it is estimated they prospered there for 8 to 10 generations before moving to St. The earliest record is of a William Elyot appears in the Somerset Assizes rolls in 1257 and there is a record of the surname in an indenture signed in 1400 by RYC Elyot.The name Eliot appears in Normandy in 1195 and a son of Anschar Elyot in 1198 that the origins of the St.Germans Eliot family were among the Bretons accompanying William the Conqueror, who were originally rewarded with lands in Devon.The Breton origin of Eliot and Elliot is indicated by these names being in significant clusters in Morbihan, southern Brittany.However, the Abbot of Hyde Abbey (near Winchester in Hampshire), who signed the 1224 version was Abbot Aston Among the many famous people with this name are the authors T. Eliot and George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans).Jane Austen's last completed novel Persuasion includes characters belonging to the Elliot family of Kellynch Hall; Sir Walter Elliot, Bart., and his daughters Anne and Elizabeth.) 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 increased from 414 in 2009 to 770 in 2013, in United States.A Thomas Elyot is recorded in West Lothian, dying in 1505 An Elyat (or Elyot) is in Bury St. By 1220, Elyot is well-established in Cambridge in Great St Andrew's Parish where a William Elyot appears. (1343) ) "a bronze jug with three feet and three bands of lettering around the neck and body. The surname first appears in Sussex in the 14th century as Godefro Elyot at Thakham and William Elyot in Grinstead are listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 & 1332.