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What does Eilidh mean?

Eilidh Pronunciation of Eilidh [eilidh] as a girls' name is pronounced AY-lee. It is of Scottish, Gaelic and Greek origin, and the meaning of Eilidh is "sun ray". Modern coinage from English Ellie, from Helen.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, greek, sun (star), modern.


Eilidh has 2 variants: Ailie and Eiley.

3 more relations via Ellie, Helen: Eileen, Ellie and Ellin.

Creative forms:
(female) Edlidh, Eilied, ..

(male) Eilias, Eilied, ..

Middle name pairings:
Eilidh Sunny (E.S.), ..

How popular is Eilidh?

Eilidh is a rare given name for women. Eilidh is also a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Eilidh reached its apex position of #19 in Scotland in 2014, and is at #19 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eilidh name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eilidh outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Eilidh are Eileen (#694 from current records), Ellie (#47) and Helen (#419). Usage of these relations of Eilidh was well-received in the 1920s (median #735) and has become significantly diminished since (#790, 90%). Helen has historically been a favorite of parents, though Ellie is currently higher in the list, while versions like Helen have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eileen, Ellie, Helen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eilidh, Ellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ailish, Ailith, Ceilidh, Eadith, Eanid, Edith, Edlin, Edlinn, Eidith, Eidyth (see Edith), Eilah, Eilat, Eilean, Eilena, Eilene, Eilin, Eilis, Eilise, Eilish, Eilith, Eilona, Eilwen, Eily, Eimile, Eirian, Eirinn, Elah, Elda, Eli, Elia, Elian, Elida, Elidi, Elidia, Elika, Elin, Elina, Elinda, Eline, Elisa, Elisah, Elise, Elish, Elisha, Elita, Eliz, Eliza, Elize, Elli, Ellia, Ellice, Ellina, Ellisha, Ellita, Elody, Elpida, Elvah, Emili, Emilia, Emilija, Emiline, Eneida, Enid, Enidd (see Enid), Ennish, Erlina, Erline, Eulah, Eulia, Evlin, Evline, Eydith, Giliah, Keilidh and Lilith. These names tend to be more frequently used than Eilidh.

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