Elvis is an English male name of uncertain meaning. It could be a variant of Alvis, an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by continually asking him questions until sunrise, when the sun turned Alvíss into stone. The name means “all wise”; it’s also possible that it’s a variant of Elwin, a variant of Alvin, an English male name, a variant of either Ælfwine (meaning “elf friend”), Æðelwine (“noble friend”) or Ealdwine (“old friend”).
It’s also possible that Elvis is a variant of Elwes, an English surname which originated as a matronymic name from the given name Eloise meaning “healthy, wide”.
- Elviss (English)