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

Related boy names: Eleazar and Elliot.

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.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Eel, Eili, ..

(female) Eel, Elei, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history 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 2000 baby names ranking of Eli name in U.S.

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

Eleazar (#1364 a year ago), Elias (#103), Elie, Elihu, Elija, Elijah (#11), Eliot (#1041), Eliott, Elis, Eliseo (#952), Elisha (#739), Elliot (#217), Ellis (#443), Eloy, Ely (#1548) and Elyas (#1756) are the prominent related forms of Eli (#49 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Eli were favored by parents 1 year ago (median #1191) and have remained as popular to this day (#1189, down 1%). The most trendy baby names here are Eli, Elias, Elijah, Eliseo and Elliot.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eli, Eleazar, Elias, Elie, Elihu in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elija, Elijah, Eliot, Eliott, Eliseo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elisha, Elliot, Ellis, Eloy, Ely, Elyas in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.