Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- Czech: nickname for a man with a bald pate, from a variant of
Czech lysý ‘bald’.
- Dutch: metronymic from a short
form of the personal female names Alice or Elisabeth
- Dutch (van Lis): habitational name from
Lixhe in Belgium or Lieze in the Netherlands.
- 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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