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Elkins Family HistoryThis interesting surname of English origin is a patronymic of the diminutive of the medieval given name Elis, from the Greek personal name Elias, itself coming from the Hebrew Eliyahy meaning "Jehovah is God". The given name was borne by a biblical prophet, but its popularity among Christians in the Middle Ages was as a result of its adoption by various early saints the name may also be a diminutive of Ella, from the give name. Ellen, itself coming from the medieval vernacular form of the given name Helen.
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