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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."


Ilya has 2 variants: Ilia and Illya.

For more information, see also the related boy name Elias.

Ilya has 15 more different forms via Elijah: Eli, Elia, Elias, Elie, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliyahu, Eljah, Elliot, Ellis, Ely, Elyot, Elyott and Lige.


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) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4681%) and have remained as popular to this day (usage 0.4641%, down 0.9%), 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), and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for these names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elliot, Ellis, Ely, Lige in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ilya is alike in pronunciation to Alia, Aly, Ilie and Ola. Other recommended similar baby names are Ilja and Ilyas. Like Ilya, these names are not commonly used.