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Elijah

What does Elijah mean?

Elijah Pronunciation of Elijah [eli-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.

Associated with: greek, great, prophet, book (literary), kings, heaven, fiery, black (dark), wood (tree).

Variations

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

Related boy names: Elisha, Ellsworth and Ilias.

Elijah has 10 more relations via Elia, Elias, Elliot, Ellis, Ilya: Eelia, Eliasz, Elice, Eliott, Elis, Eljasz, Elyas, Ilia, Ilija and Ilja.

Elijah has 1 feminine form: Ellis.

Creative forms:
(male) Edijah, Elljah, ..

(female) Elica, Eliga, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elijah Benaiah (E.B.), ..

How popular is Elijah?

Elijah is a very popular first name for men (#491 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#26761 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Displayed below is the baby name history of Elijah for boys. Elijah reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Elijah (#11 last year) are Eli (#53 last year), Elias (#100), Elliot (#208), Ellis (#419), Elisha (#778), Eliot (#1103), Eliyahu (#1349), Ely (#1505), Eliott (#1925), Lige, Ellsworth, Elyas, Elis, Elie, Elihu and Elija. Usage of these relations of Elijah was at its highest 2 years ago (average #1248) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1261, down 1%), but with versions like Ellsworth going out of style. Elias, Elliot, Eli and Elijah are four of the more chic birth names in this list.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elija, Eliot, Eliott, Elisha, Eliyahu in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elliot, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ely, Elyas, Lige in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Elijah is pronounced similarly to Eligia and Eligio. Other suggested similar names are Abiah, Abidjah, Abijah, Alvah, Aviah, Eian, Eidan, Eilad, Eilam, Eilan, Eilian, Einar, Eitan, Elam, Elan, Elazar, Elgar, Eliam, Elian, Eliana, Eliazar, Eliran, Eliron, Elisee, Eliseo, Elishah, Eliso, Elison, Elisud, Eliu, Eljin, Elkan, Elkanah, Ellar, Ellgar (see Alger), Ellrad (see Elrad), Elman, Elmar, Elrad, Eltman, Emich, Ephah, Epifan, Erich, Esias, Evian, Ezrah, Faizah (see Faiz), Isiah, Iziah, Micah, Rajah, Ukiah, Uriah, Urijah, Uriyah and Uziah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elijah.

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