What does Elisha mean?
Elisha /el-isha/ [3 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Elisha?
Elisha is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1204 out of 1220, Top 99%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#74164 out of 150436, Top 49%). (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. in the 1880s, 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. Variants like Elija are seldom used. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4474%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4078%, 8.8% less), 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)