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What does Eli mean?

Eli \e-li\ 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.


Variations

Eli has 5 variants: Elie, Eloi, Eloy, Ely and Heli.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Eleazar and Elliot.

Eli has 37 more different forms via Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elisha: Eelia, Eleisha, Elia, Elias, Eliasz, Elice, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliott, Elis, Elisee, Eliseo, Elishah, Elisher, Eliso, Eliyahu, Eljah, Eljasz, Elli, Ellice, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Elyas, Elyot, Elyott, Ilia, Ilie, Ilija, Ilja, Ilya, Ilyaas, Ilyas, Lige, Lisha and Yelisei.


Popularity

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 (#30472 out of 88799, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Eli for boys. Eli reached its peak position of #43 in the U.S. in 2013, and is currently at #49. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Eli and associated names. Elias (#103 a year ago), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Elis, Eliseo (#952), Elisha (#739), Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233), Ellis (#443), Eloy, Ely and Lige are the prominent related forms of Eli (#49 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 and are almost as popular today, but with the versions Elie, Elisha, Eloy and Lige becoming less fashionable. The most trendy baby names here are Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233) and Ellis (#443), with these names undergoing a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Eliseo, Elisha, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eloy, Ely, Lige in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elis, Elliot outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elliott, Ellis outside U.S.


Similar Names

Eli is pronounced similarly to Ali, Alia, Aly, Eliu, Elois and Ola. Other recommended similar baby names are Efi and Eri. These names tend to be less frequently used than Eli.

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