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, Top 40%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#73243 out of 88799, Top 82%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elijah for boys. Elijah reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 2014 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elijah and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elijah (#11), Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Ellis (#443), Elisha (#739), Lige, Ely, Ellsworth, Elie and Eliot. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).