The meaning of the name “Elijah” is: “The Lord is My God”.
Additional information: Elijah is a Latin masculine name, which in turn derived from the Hebrew name Eliyahu. Eliyahu meant “Yahweh is my God”, giving Elijah the anglicised meaning “The Lord is my God”. Elijah was a Hebrew prophet who appeared mysteriously during the 9th century B.C. and left this earth in a blazing chariot ascending into the heavens. He appears in the Bible in 1 and 2 Kings, and is seen with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus. A fashionable biblical choice, other biblical names that can be used in place of Elijah are Noah, Isaac, and Joshua. Because of its roots in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, there are a number of foreign variants for Elijah, including Ilyas (Arabic), Élie (French), Elias (German), and Elia (Italian). The feminine variants of the name Elijah are taken from the Latin Elias – examples such as Iliana, Ileana, and Eliana are more typically used in Eastern European countries, while Éliane is a French feminine variant for Elias. Elijah is commonly misspelled as ‘Eligah’, ‘Elijiah’, and ‘Elija’.
While Elijah was a reasonably common name in the Middle Ages, what with the name being used by saints and figures in medieval stories, it had declined in popularity by the late nineteenth century, struggling to reach the top hundred names for boys in the USA. It wasn’t until 1995 that the name finally breached the top hundred, and since then its popularity has increased substantially – Elijah was the eleventh most popular name for boys in 2013 and 2014. In the US, Elijah reached it's highest rank of popularity in 2006 in Hawaii at #5. A similar increase in popularity is noticeable in England and Wales, where the name climbed from 312th in 1996 to 69th in 2013.
Perhaps the most well known celebrity with the name Elijah, whose height of fame coincided with Elijah’s spike in popularity during the early 21st century, is Elijah Wood, best known for his work in The Lord of the Rings. Other famous people named Elijah are Elijah Kelley (American actor), Elijah Blue Allman (musician and son of Cher), and Elijah McCoy (Canadian-American inventor).
The first thing you should know if you are considering Elijah for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Elijah is a boy name.
The name Elijah is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Elijah we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Elijah Name Meaning
The meaning of Elijah is “The Lord is My God”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Elijah and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Elijah and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Elijah is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Elijah
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Elijah displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Elijah Boy Name Popularity Chart
Elijah Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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