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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 on this name, 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 also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#26761 out of 150436, Top 18%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Popular varying forms of Elijah (#11 last year) are Eli (#49 last year), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233), Ellis (#443), Elisha (#739), Ely, Lige, Ellsworth, Elie, Eliot and Elis. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4691%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4004%, down 14.6%), with the versions Elisha, Elie, Lige and Ellsworth becoming less in vogue. The most trendy baby names in this compilation are Ellis (#443), Elliott (#233), Elliot (#217), Elias (#103) and Eli (#49), and there is a rekindling in birth name popularity for Eli, Elias, Elliot, Elliott and Ellis. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elijah and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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.