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What does Elihu mean?

Elihu [eli-hu] as a boys' name is pronounced ee-LYE-hew. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elihu is "He is my God". Biblical: a young man whose fiery defense of God's righteousness is written of in the Book of Job.

Associated with: biblical, fiery, book (literary).


Elihu has 1 variant: Eliu.

Related boy name: Elijah.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Elahu, Evihu, ..

(female) Eliea, Elihua, ..

How popular is Elihu?

Elihu is an uncommonly occurring first name for males. Elihu is an unusual last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Displayed below is the birth name history of Elihu for boys. Elihu entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #1071 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elihu name in U.S.

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

Elijah (#11 in recent rankings) is the only other popular variation form of Elihu listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Elihu was at its highest less than a decade ago (usage of 0.7%) and has remained as conventional to this day (usage 0.7%, 2% less). Elijah is the most fashionable boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elihu, Elijah in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Elihu is pronounced similarly to Eliyahu. Other suggested similar names are Ebisu, Eli, Elia, Eliam, Elian, Elias, Elice, Elie, Elija, Eliot, Elis, Elisha, Eliso and Elisud. These names tend to be more commonly used than Elihu.