1. English pet name for Elisabeth/Elizabeth [q.v.], and a variant of Liz, hence also a pet name/diminutive for Lisa/Liza. Lis may also be a given name in its own right.
2. Scandinavian given name derived from Elisabeth. This element has been adopted since early in the 20th century in the construction of popular compound names, e.g. Anne-Lis, Ing-Lis, Maj-Lis and Gull-Lis.