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What does Ely mean?

Ely \e-ly\ 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.

For more information, see also related boy names Eleazar and Elijah.


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


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 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 in 2014), Eli (#49), Eloy and Elie are the popular varying forms of Ely rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.414%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.388%, down 6.3%), but with the forms Elie and Eloy becoming less in vogue. Eli (#49) and Elijah (#11) are two of the more trendy birth names among these, and there is a rebound in baby name usage for both names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

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.