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pinWhat 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: Eieli, Eliei, Elieu. [more]

pinHow 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)

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

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

Elias (#103 a year ago), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Elis, Eliseo (#952), Elisha (#739), Elliot (#217), Ellis (#443), Eloy and Ely are the prominent related forms of Eli (#49 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These forms of Eli were favored by parents today (median #626), except for the versions Elie, Elisha and Eloy which have become less fashionable. The most trendy baby names here are Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elliot and Ellis, and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for these names.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eliseo, Elisha, Elliot, Ellis, Eloy, Ely in U.S.

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

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