What does Ely mean?
Ely /ely/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 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)
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. Forms like Heli are uncommon. 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%, ▼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)