What does Eli mean?
Eli [eli] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Eli) is pronounced EE-lye. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Eli is "high". Biblical: Eli was a priest and judge who brought up the prophet Samuel. A holy name that was popular among Puritans in the 17th century. It is also used as a nickname for Elias, Elijah, Eliot and Elisha. American inventor Eli Whitney; author Elie Wiesel; actor Eli Wallach.
Eli has 25 more different relations via Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elisha: Eelia, Elia, Elias▲, Eliasz, Elice, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliott, Elis, Elisee, Eliseo▲, Eliso, Eljah, Elli, Ellice, Elliot▲, Ellis, Elyas, Elyot, Ilia, Ilie, Ilija, Ilja and Ilya.Creative forms:
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How popular is Eli?
Eli is a very popular first name for men (#534 out of 1220, Top 44%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#17799 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Eli reached its peak position of #43 in the U.S. in 2013, and is currently at #53. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Eleazar (#1359 a year ago), Elias (#100), Elie, Elihu, Elija, Elijah (#11), Eliot (#1103), Eliott (#1925), Elis, Eliseo (#911), Elisha (#778), Elliot (#208), Ellis (#419), Eloy, Ely (#1505) and Elyas are the prominent related forms of Eli (#53 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Eli were favored by parents 2 years ago (median #1191) and have remained as popular to this day (#1198, down 1%). The most trendy baby names here are Eli, Elias, Elijah, Eliseo and Elliot.
Eli▲ is pronounced similarly to Ali▲, Alia, Allie▼, Alois▼, Aly, Eliu, Elois, Ola, Ollie▼, Willi and Wylie. Other recommended names are Efi and Eri. These names tend to be less frequently used than Eli.See names in meaning and etymology.