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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. 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 variant forms: Elie, Eloi, Eloy, Ely and Heli.

For more information, see also related names Eleazar and Elliot.

Eli is also pronounced similarly to Ali, Alia, Aly, Eelia, Elia, Eliu, Elli, Elois, Ilia, Ilie and Ola. Other suggested similar baby names are Efi, Elihu, Elis and Eri.

View a list of the 8 names that reference Eli.


Popularity of Eli

Eli is a very popular first name for males (#534 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30472 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Eli name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Eli with its variant forms and related boy baby names.


Top 1000 ranking of Eli name in U.S.
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