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What does Elgin mean?

Elgin Pronunciation of Elgin [el-gin] as a boys' name is pronounced el-JIN, EL-jin. It is of Old English and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Elgin is "high-minded; little Ireland". The Gaelic source is Eilginn from Eilgin meaning "little Ireland". Place name: a town in the region of Moray in Scotland.

Associated with: old english, gaelic, high (great), little, scotland.


Elgin has 4 variants: Eilgin, Eilginn, Elgine and Eljin.

Creative forms:
(male) Eligin, Eugin, ..

(female) Elgina, Elgini, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elgin Jaycion (E.J.), ..

How popular is Elgin?

Elgin is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#10013 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Elgin reached its top position of #904 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alain, Albin, Aldin, Alin, Allin, Aloin, Alpin, Aluin, Alvin, Alwin, Blain, Eadin, Eagan, Eagen, Edin, Edlin, Edvin, Edwin, Egan, Egil, Egon, Eigil, Elan, Elden, Eldin, Eldis, Eldon, Eldwin, Elgar, Elger, Eli, Elia, Elian, Elie, Eligia, Eligio, Elis, Eliu, Elkan, Elli, Ellis, Elman, Elmir, Eloi, Elois, Elon, Elson, Elton, Elven, Elvin, Elvio, Elvis, Elvyn, Elwin, Elwinn (see Elvin), Elwyn, Emlin, Eoin, Erin, Ermin, Ernin, Ervin, Erwin, Eugen, Evin, Ewin, Fagin, Flin, Glin, Klein, Olin and Regin. These names tend to be more frequently used than Elgin.

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