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What does Elijah mean?

Elijah \e-li-jah\ as a boys' 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.


Elijah has 15 variants: Eli, Elia, Elias, Elie, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliyahu, Eljah, Elliot, Ellis, Ely, Elyot, Elyott and Lige.

For more information, see also related boy names Elisha, Ellsworth and Ilias.

Elijah has 20 more related variations via Elia, Elias, Elliot, Ellis, Ilya: Eelia, Eliasz, Elice, Eliott, Elis, Eljasz, Elli, Ellice, Elliott, Elliss, Ellyce, Elyas, Ilia, Ilie, Ilija, Ilja, Illya, Ilya, Ilyaas and Ilyas.

Elijah has 1 feminine form: Ellis.


Elijah is a very popular first name for men (#491 out of 1220, Top 40%) and a slightly less popular last name for both adults and children (#73243 out of 88799, Top 82%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Elijah for boys. Elijah reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elijah name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elijah and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Elijah (#11 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Eli (#49 last year), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233), Ellis (#443), Elisha (#739), Ely, Lige, Ellsworth, Elie, Eliot and Elis. Adoption of this boy name was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Elisha, Lige, Ellsworth and Elie becoming less in vogue. The most trendy baby names in this compilation are Ellis (#443), Elliott (#233), Elliot (#217), Elias (#103) and Eli (#49), with Eli, Elias, Elliot, Elliott and Ellis having a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elisha, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Ellsworth in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ely, Lige in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elis, Elliot outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elliott, Ellis outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Elishah. This name tends to be less commonly used than Elijah.