Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Polish, Czech, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Polish and Czech dialect lis ‘fox’, a nickname for a cunning person or, in the case of the Jewish name, an ornamental name.
  2. Czech: nickname for a man with a bald pate, from a variant of Czech lysý ‘bald’.
  3. Dutch: metronymic from a short form of the personal female names Alice or Elisabeth (see Lies).
  4. Dutch (van Lis): habitational name from Lixhe in Belgium or Lieze in the Netherlands.
  5. French: perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a lily, Old French lis.
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