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pinWhat does Ely mean?

Ely /ely/ as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ely is "high". Name of a river in South Wales and a cathedral and town in Cambridgeshire, England. Also possibly a variant of Eli.

Affiliated boy names: Eleazar and Elijah.


Ely has 4 alternative forms via Eli: Elie, Eloi, Eloy and Heli.

Kreatif forms: Eiely, Euely. [more]

pinHow popular is Ely?

Ely is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#2583 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ely for boys. Ely was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #909 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ely and corresponding names. Elijah (#11 2 years ago), Eli (#49), Eloy and Elie are the popular varying forms of Ely rated in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Heli, are uncommon. These forms of Ely were at the height of their popularity during 1880-1889 (average #586) and are almost as common today (#612, 6.3%). Elijah is more widely used than the rest, although Eli appears to be becoming a favorite too, while Elie and Eloy have lost favor. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ely, Eli, Elie, Elijah, Eloy in U.S.

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

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Ely is pronounced similarly to Ali, Aly, Elia, Eliu, Elli, Ilya and Ola. Other suggested similar baby names are Bly, Erly, Ewy and Sly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ely.