What does Elisha mean?
Elisha \e-li-sha\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Elisha) is pronounced ee-LYE-shah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elisha is "God is salvation". Contracted form of Elishu'a. Biblical: faithful attendant and successor to the prophet Elijah.
Elisha is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1204 out of 1220, Top 99%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Elisha for boys. Elisha reached its highest rank of #292 in the U.S. then, and is at #739 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elisha and associated names. Prominent related forms of Elisha (#739 the previous year) are Eli (#49 the previous year), Elias (#103), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Eliseo (#952), Elliot (#217), Ellis (#443), Ely and Lige. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1880-1889 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Elie, Elisha and Lige becoming less trendy. The more fashionable boy names in this list are Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elijah (#11), Elliot (#217) and Ellis (#443), with these names enjoying a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)