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What does Elijah mean?

Elijah Pronunciation of Elijah as a boys' name is pronounced ee-LYE-jah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elijah is "Jehovah is God". From Eliyahu. In the New Testament it appears in the Greek form Elias. Biblical: Elijah was a great prophet of Israel who performed many miracles as told in the Book of Kings, and who is said not to have died, but was carried up into Heaven in a fiery chariot. The name is often given to Jewish boys born during Passover. It is recently used among Black Muslims. See also Elliot, Ellis, and Ilya. Film director Elia Kazan; actor Elijah Wood.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, great, prophet, book (literary), kings, heaven, fiery, black (dark), wood (tree)


VARIANTS Eli, Elia, Elias, Elie, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliyahu, Eljah, Elliot, Ellis, Ely, Elyot, Elyott, Lige

SEE ALSO Elisha, Ellsworth, Ilias

RELATIONS VIA ELIA, ELIAS, ELLIOT, ELLIS, ILYA Eelia, Eliasz, Elice, Eliott, Elis, Eljasz, Elyas, Ilia, Ilija, Ilja




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How popular is Elijah?

Elijah is a very popular first name for men (#491 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#26761 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Elijah reached its highest rank of #7 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Elijah (#7 LAST YEAR) are Eli (#58), Elias (#67), Elliot (#162), Ellis (#317), Elisha (#847), Eliot (#1085), Elyas (#1472), Eliyahu (#1569), Eliott (#1876), Ely (#1950), Ellsworth, Elis, Elija, Elihu, Elie and Lige. Usage of these relations of Elijah was at its highest 1 year ago (AVERAGE #1280) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1259), but with versions like Lige going out of style. The most trendy baby names in this compilation are Elias, Elliot, Ellis, Elijah and Eli.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elija, Eliot, Eliott, Elisha, Eliyahu in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elliot, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ely, Elyas, Lige in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Elijah is pronounced similarly to Eligia and Eligio. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abiah, Abidjah, Abijah, Alvah, Aviah, Eian, Eidan, Eilad, Eilam, Eilan, Eilian, Einar, Eitan, Elam, Elan, Elazar, Elgar, Eliam, Elian, Eliana, Eliazar, Eliran, Eliron, Elisee, Eliseo, Elishah, Eliso, Elison, Elisud, Eliu, Eljin, Elkan, Elkanah, Ellar, Ellgar (see Alger), Ellrad (see Elrad), Elman, Elmar, Elrad, Eltman, Emich, Ephah, Epifan, Erich, Esias, Evian, Ezrah, Faizah (see Faiz), Isiah, Iziah, Micah, Rajah, Ukiah, Uriah, Urijah, Uriyah and Uziah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elijah.

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