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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.


Elijah has 15 variant forms: 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.

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).

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

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

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).

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

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

Similar Names

Elijah is also pronounced similarly to Ilija. Another suggested similar baby name is Elishah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elijah.