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Meaning and name origin
Elijah \e-li-jah\ as a boy's name is pronounced ee-LYE-jah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elijah is "Jehovah is God". From Eliyahu. In the New Testament it appears in the Greek form Elias. Biblical: Elijah was a great prophet of Israel who performed many miracles as told in the Book of Kings, and who is said not to have died, but was carried up into Heaven in a fiery chariot. The name is often given to Jewish boys born during Passover. It is recently used among Black Muslims. See also Elliot, Ellis, and Ilya. Film director Elia Kazan; actor Elijah Wood.
There is 1 feminine form of Elijah: Ellis.
Elijah is a very popular first name for males (#491 out of 1220) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#73243 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elijah for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elijah and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elisha, Elliot, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ely and Lige. (2014 statistics).
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