What does Ilya mean?
Ilya \i-lya, il-ya\ as a boys' name is pronounced ILL-yah. It is of Russian and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ilya is "Jehovah is God". Short form of Elijah. The glamorous Russian Illya Kuryakin from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Elias.
Ilya is an uncommonly occurring first name for men. Ilya is also an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Ilya and associated names. Eli (#49 the previous year), Elias (#103), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Elliot (#217), Ellis (#443), Ely and Lige are the popular variation forms of Ilya (#unlisted). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during 1880-1889 and have remained as popular to this day, but with the forms Elie and Lige becoming less in vogue. The most trendy baby names in this compilation are Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elijah (#11), Elliot (#217) and Ellis (#443), with these names going through a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)