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