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What 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.

Associated with: high (great), river, england


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

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

Top 2000 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 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ely, Eleazar, Eli, Elie, Elijah, Eloy in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.