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Eli meaning and name origin
Eli \e-li\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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. Popular among Puritans in the 17th century. American inventor Eli Whitney; author Elie Wiesel; actor Eli Wallach.
Eli has 4 variant forms: Elie, Eloi, Eloy and Ely.
For more information, see also related names Eleazar, Elias, Elijah, Elisha and Elliot.
Baby names that sound like Eli are Ali, Elia and Eliu.
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Popularity of Eli
Eli is a very popular first name for men (#534 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30472 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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