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.
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.
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 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)
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 the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3946%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.3752%, down 4.9%), 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), and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for these names. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Eli and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)