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What does Ely mean?

Ely Pronunciation of 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.

Creative forms:
(male) Eeloy, Ery, ..

(female) Eel, Elei, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ely Hugo (E.H.), ..

How popular is Ely?

Ely is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2583 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ely for boys. Ely reached its peak position of #910 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #1505. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ely name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the ranking of Ely and corresponding names. Eli (#53 from current records) is the only other popular variation form of Ely (#1505 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Ely was widespread in 2012 (median #675) and is almost as conventional today (#779, down 12%). Eli is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ely, Eli in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ely is pronounced similarly to Ali, Alia, Alley, Aly, Eelia, Elia, Elie, Eliu, Elli, Eloi, Elois, Eloy, 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.