What does Ely mean?
(male) Eeloy, Ery, ..
(female) Eel, Elei, ..
How 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 statistics of Ely for boys. Ely was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #910 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1548. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ely and corresponding names. Elijah (#11 in recent rankings), Eli (#49), Eleazar (#1364), Elie and Eloy are the popular varying forms of Ely (#1548 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Heli, are uncommon. These forms of Ely were at the height of their popularity in 2013 (average #1133) and have remained as common to this day (#1162, ▼3%). Elijah is more widely used than the rest, although Eli appears to be becoming a favorite too.
Ely is pronounced similarly to Ali▲, Alia, Alley, Aly, Eelia, Elia, Eliu, Elli, Elois, Ilia, Ilie, Illya, Ilya, Ola, Olley, Wally, Wiley▼ and Willy. Other suggested similar names are Bly, Erly, Ewy and Sly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ely.