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Quick Facts on Elvis

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 904
Simple meaning:
All wise

Characteristics of Elvis

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elvis

The origin of Elvis is uncertain, but most likely it’s a variant of Alvis which means “all wise” in Old Norse (“eall-wīs” in Olde English). In Norse mythology there is a dwarf character named Alvíss (All Wise) who was betrothed to Thor’s daughter Þrúðr. Thor was displeased with the notion of his daughter marrying a dwarf and so the god required Alvíss to answer a series of questions designed to prove his wisdom. Alvíss agreed to the challenge. His rapid-fire and “wise” answers to each of Thor’s questions kept him going through the night. In the end, Thor outwitted his adversary by keeping him distracted until dawn. When the first sunlight struck, Alvíss was immediately turned to stone, and so Þrúðr would remain unmarried. Aside from this mythological connection, the name Elvis is also considered the anglicized name for Saint Ailbe of Emly, a 6th century Irish saint (in this case, the Gaelic word “ailbe” is said to mean “white” or “ail” meaning “rock”). Saint Ailbe is a legendary Irish saint who was born the son of the King of Munster and a slave woman. The King sent his bastard child away with a servant to be killed, but the servant instead gave the baby to a she-wolf to be raised. Some Britons living in Ireland found Ailbe and fostered him until they all left on a ship bound for the Roman province of Gaul. Ailbe made his way to Rome where he was educated and ordained in the name of Christ. After returning to Ireland, Ailbe founded a monastery in Emly (South Tipperary). The townspeople asked Ailbe to bless a fishless river; after doing so, the river was miraculously filled with an abundance of fish. In a display of gratitude the local-people built five churches along the banks at the river’s five best fishing spots in Saint Ailbe’s honor. Today however the name Elvis is most synonymous with the “King of Rock-n-Roll” Elvis Presley (1935-1977) who received his name from his father’s middle name (Vernon Elvis Presley). Many people might be surprised to learn that the name Elvis predates the American iconic legend because it was really he who brought the name into mainstream America.

Popularity of the Name Elvis

Elvis has one of the most interesting historic naming charts that we’ve seen, but of course it all makes sense. This is a name that predates Elvis Presley; in fact, it’s existed on the American list of boy’s name since the 19th century. During the first half of the 20th century the name Elvis showed pretty consistent yet sporadic usage so we know it’s been a given name long before the King of Rock-n-Roll stepped on the stage with his blue suede shoes. The year 1956 marked the biggest jump for Elvis on the boy’s naming charts – an unprecedented 550 positions in one year alone. Several things happened for Elvis Presley that year bringing his name to the masses. In January of 1956 he released his #1 hit single “Heartbreak Hotel” and in November he made his film debut in “Love Me Tender”. In September of 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show to a record-breaking 60 million viewers (more than 80% of the television audience at the time). His uninhibited performance style, his handsome good looks and his arousing songs made the girls swoon until they fainted. Popularity of Elvis as a given name abated after the first couple years of frenzied interest. The next big jump the name saw was in 1977, the year Elvis Presley died. President Carter described Elvis as a man who “permanently changed the face of American popular culture” and indeed he did. Since Elvis Presley came into the hearts and minds of the American imagination the name has seen inconsistent usage. It’s an exotic name and one which is so strongly associated with Presley that is doesn’t work for every parent (and understandably so). In 2010 the name actually disappeared from the American male Top 1000 names pushing it off the charts. However, the name did reappear in 2011 but it may be just a matter of time before the younger generations lose their appreciation for the name who changed the face of American music.
Popularity of the Boy Name Elvis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elvis

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elvis

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elvis

    Elvis We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Elvis.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elvis

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elvis

    Ben & Elvis: A Snake-Skin Mischief (J. Page & S.T. Rainier) - Ben & Elvis are two adventurous little mice who live in the countryside with their little sister Sarah and their mother Mrs. Smith. While playing in the fields, Ben finds a snakeskin and convinces his brother Elvis to scare the barn animals with it. Learn what happens after Mother Hawk intervenes! Children will be delightfully entertained reading this first Ben & Elvis Adventure full of hilarious moments and a heartwarming end. Ages 4 and over.

    Ben & Elvis: Birthstone Magic (J. Page & S.T. Rainier) - It's Little Sarah's birthday. Ben & Elvis recruit the help of their friends to make a very special present for her. After much effort and trouble, Sarah's gift disappears! Join Ben & Elvis in this wonderful adventure as they learn about the value of friendships and the months of the year. In this story, kids will experience the virtue of communication, creativity and imagination. Ages 4 and over.

    Ben & Elvis: Curiosity Strikes (J. Page & S.T. Rainier) - Ben & Elvis are very curious little mice. They love exploring MacKenzie's farm. They love exploring the countryside. But sometimes their curiosity can get them into trouble. In this exciting and intriguing new adventure, kids will learn new words with an emphasis on inside, under, around, behind and next to concepts. A great read for kids ages 4 and over.

    Ben & Elvis: The Bullfrog Story (J. Page & S.T. Rainier) - Ben & Elvis read horror stories about frogs and decide to hunt them down. They leave home and discover good reasons to be fearful. In this scary, yet humorous adventure full of suspense and great facts about bullfrogs, Ben & Elvis learn safety lessons and to trust each other. Ages 4 and over.

    Cat Called Elvis (Brian Moses) - In this fantastic book Brian Moses tells us about cats, dogs, dragons, New York, space, dinosaurs, spider-swallowing, why he has given up playing air guitar, why you cannot take a lobster though security, the ghosts of London underground and why fairies must have taken his brother! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Eddie the Elf Who Would be Elvis (Dr. William A. Guiffre) - When Santa's other elves are busy making toys, elf Eddie is making plans to enter a contest for Elvis Presley imitators at the super star's tribute event in Memphis. Can Eddie reach his dream without creating a Christmas nightmare for the world? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ellie and Elvis (Vivian French & Michael Terry) - A tale of friendship—with a touch of monkey mischief. Ellie and Elvis are best friends. They both like bananas. They both love oranges. And they both adore dancing under the light of the moon. But one day, things go very wrong… It's rotten when a misunderstanding threatens to come between two best friends, which is exactly what happens to Ellie and Elvis. When their oranges and bananas go missing, the two elephants start to suspect each other of greedy guzzling. But who is the real culprit? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Elvis & Olive (Stephanie Watson) - This delightful middle-grade novel! Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal secrets, they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives (Stephanie Watson) - It's a brand new adventure in friendship and sleuthing for Natalie and Annie in this charming middle-grade mystery novel! Natalie and Annie decide to put their detective skills to use as they open the E & O Detective Agency to solve neighborhood mysteries. Together they stumble across an incredibly intriguing one when Mrs. Warsaw, their elderly neighbor with memory problems, begins spreading news about a woman named Zina Zeolite hiding in her bedroom closet. Mrs. Warsaw often speaks of seeing strange things so Natalie doesn't believe her. But Annie insists that they take the case. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Elvis Lives!: and Other Anagrams (Jon Agee) - Jon Agee presents another installment of witty wordplay with Elvis Lives!, a book of over sixty anagrams (words or phrases rearranged to form new words or phrases), each hilariously illustrated by the author. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Elvis Orange (Denton Broadhurst) - Elvis Orange is the Old West--with fruit for characters! Elvis was born in a Land of Lost Souls and was the son of godly parents. They tried to teach him about Jesus and the Fruit of the Spirit. Eventually, Elvis left home to fulfill his destiny--to be the fastest gun in the west. But when Elvis tries to join a notorious outlaw gang, the Blackberries, trouble ensues. Ride with Elvis Orange and see if his journey will take him from darkness into light. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Elvis Presley (Up Close) (Wilborn Hampton) - Elvis Presley made a sound so different it ushered in a new kind of music: rock and roll. He was able to combine gospel, honky-tonk, country and rhythm and blues to create a unique sound that crossed racial and cultural divides. Though he was incredibly popular, at heart, Elvis was a shy and polite man, and the demands of fame began to take a toll. While his dependence on prescription drugs cut short his life, Elvis’s influence on music and popular culture endures to this day. Recommended for ages 13+

    Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender(Elvis Presley & Tom Browning) - “Love me tender, love me sweet; / Never let me go. / You have made my life complete, / And I love you so.” Elvis Presley first sang "Love Me Tender" in the 1956 film of the same name. It was Presley's big screen debut and launched a stellar movie career. But it was the song, which Elvis co-wrote, that people took to their hearts. It is still one of his most popular. Now paired with Tom Browning's beautifully rendered paintings, these moving lyrics become a testament to the unconditional love between parent and child. A birthday, a walk in the park, that first tentative bike ride, and other special moments shared between a father and daughter make Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender an album full of precious memories. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Elvis the Camel (Barbara Devine) - This heart-warming story is illustrated in delicate yet vivid watercolors. It will delight children between the ages of five and nine, and can also be used as a picture book for younger children. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven (Denys Cazet) - Features the wise-cracking rooster from the Minnie And Moo series. When Elvis swallows a bug and the sun comes up without his crow, he thinks his life is over and his career finished. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elvis the Rooster and the Magic Words (Denys Cazet) - Elvis knows what it takes to be boss. He's the rooster's rooster. In his opinion, he's handsome, charming, and intelligent -- no wonder the chickens love him so much. He has it all...until Cluck Gable, the peacock, shows up. Suddenly Elvis can't even get a decent breakfast! Are the chickens trying to tell him something? Something about magic words? Can they teach an old rooster new tricks? Maybe. And then again, maybe not. The popular rooster from Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo books returns for another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud adventure. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elvis, the Turnip, and Me (Dan Greenburg) - Late one night when Zack hears strains of "Heartbreak Hotel" coming from the fridge, he discovers the possibility that Elvis lives a turnip! Talk about getting back to musical roots! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down! (Mark Alan Stamaty) - Subtitled “How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me & Mom”. For his eighth birthday, Mark Alan Stamaty’s parents gave him his very own radio. Little did his mother realize that that innocent-looking plastic box would one day be the gateway for a new kind of sound that would “rock” her nearly out of her mind…Mark first heard the howling thunder of Elvis Presley singing “Hound Dog” on the radio one lazy day and his life was forever changed. Soon he was styling his hair like the King and practicing his dance moves with a tennis racket as his pretend guitar in front o f the mirror. But his mother lived in constant fear that her son’s new love of rock ’n’ roll would turn him into a juvenile delinquent. Could Mark’s performance at his Cub Scout talent show change her mind? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Ten Little Elvi (Laura Henson & Duffy Grooms) - Count down with these little kings. Ten little Elvi gettin' ready to shine. One made a comeback and then there were Nine. Ten little tykes pay tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. While younguns learn numbers with caped Elvis, GI Elvis, Karate Elvis, and seven other diminutive impersonators, adults will enjoy finding hidden references to the King's life and song. For fans and future fans alike. A counting book as one of a kind as its subject. Talented new illustrator. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Adventures of Elvis the Groundhog (Cathy E. McArthur) - In Mulberry's Field, Edgar is betrayed by all his friends and even his own brother as they laugh at him and tell him he is too small to fly their kite. Soon enough, however, Edgar, Elvis, and all their friends learn a valuable lesson about friendship and the error of judging people by appearances. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (Barbara O'Connor) - Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean? Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Who Was Elvis Presley? (Geoff Edgers) - Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for another addition to the Who Was…? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country-western classics. But he forged a sound all his own—and a look that was all his own, too. With curled lip, swiveling hips, and greased pompadour, Elvis changed popular music forever, ushering in the age of rock and roll. Geoff Edgers’s fascinating biography of this icon of American pop culture includes black and- white illustrations on nearly every spread. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Elvis

    Famous People Named Elvis

    Famous People Named Elvis - Elvis Presley (legendary musician); Elvis Costello (b. Declan Patrick MacManus, English musician); Saint Elvis of Emly (Irish saint); Elvis Dumervil (football player); Elvis Mitchell (film critic); Elvis Stojko (figure skater); Elvis Peacock (football player); Elvis Crespo (Merengue singer); Elvis Grbac (football player); Elvis Andrus (baseball player); Elvis Duran (radio personality); Elvis Comrie (soccer player); Elvis Peña (baseball player); Elvis Joseph (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elvis

    Children of Famous People Named Elvis

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Elvis - Anthony Perkins (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Elvis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Elvis Presley (8 Jan 1935 – 16 Aug 1977) - Elvis Aaron Presley is one of the most famous and iconic persons of modern times. Born to humble beginnings in Mississippi, he catapulted to fame in the 1950s, bringing a fusion of African American music, gospel and country to the fore in a new sound: rock and roll. His first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was a number one hit and his first film, Love Me Tender, was a success, and it was roses and lollipops from then on. At first feared by the nation’s church elders and parents for his suggestive hip gyrating while on stage, his 1956 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show put an end to any holding him back, and he skyrocketed to even higher heights. After a stint in the military, Elvis returned to a hugely popular career of recording, performing, making movies, and just being an all around idol. He married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967 and their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. He continued with concerts, recordings and films, but during the 1970s, things began to go downhill. He and Priscilla divorced in 1973, his problems with drugs took an increasing toll on him, and his weight fluctuated alarmingly. Still, his concerts were well attended events, and he was preparing for his latest one when he died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42. Elvis is the best-selling solo artist of popular music ever. To his fans, he is as real to them today as he was during his short lifetime, and millions make the journey to his home in Memphis, Graceland, to pay loving tribute to him.

Personality of the Boy Name Elvis

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Elvis

  • No Variations Found.
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