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 is a very popular first name for males (#534 out of 1220, Top 44%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30472 out of 88799, Top 34%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Eli for boys. Eli reached its highest rank of #43 in the U.S. in 2013. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Eli and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elijah (#11), Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Elisha (#739), Elie, Ely, Eloy and Eliot. (2014 statistics).
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. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eli.