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What does Elihu mean?

Elihu Pronunciation of Elihu as a boys' name is pronounced ee-LYE-hew. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elihu is "He is my God". Biblical: a young man whose fiery defense of God's righteousness is written of in the Book of Job. Also form of Elijah.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, fiery, book (literary)



(male) Elahu, ..

(female) Eliea, ..

Elihu Noam (E.N.), ..

How popular is Elihu?

Elihu is an uncommonly occurring first name for males. Elihu is an unusual last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Elihu entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #1071 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Elijah (#7 IN RECENT RANKINGS) is the only other popular variation form of Elihu listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Elihu was at its highest less than a decade ago (USAGE OF 0.7%) and has remained as conventional to this day (USAGE 0.7%, 2% LESS). Elijah is the most fashionable boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elihu, Elijah in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Elihu is pronounced similarly to Eliyahu. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ebisu, Eli, Elia, Eliam, Elian, Elias, Elice, Elie, Elija, Eliot, Elis, Elisha, Eliso and Elisud. These names tend to be more commonly used than Elihu.

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