Elijah Name Meaning

Long before he was conquering the name charts, Elijah was formed from the Hebrew elements of God, “el” and “yah.” A variant of the ancient Eliyyahu, Elijah is a deeply religious names, appearing in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

Elijah was rarely used in the United States up until the 2000s when he burst onto the scene and took the boy name charts by storm. His rich history and gentle sound left parents swooning, similar to Josiah and Judah. His inner “j” sound add an exotic flair as seen in Urijah and Alejandro but he’s familiar enough to fit in well with Isaiah and Matthew.

While Elijah is delicate on the ear, he exudes a silent confidence and strength that’s hard to find in a name. He isn’t an obvious tough guy name like Hunter or Archer, but he no doubt could be an action star or movie hero.

Elijah’s biblical roots are strong yet he’s not as obvious of a choice as Moses or Noah. In the Bible, Elijah is said to have ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire after working as a diligent messenger of God. Similarly, in Islam Elijah is a prophet, said to appear at the Last Judgment. In Judaism, Elijah is an archangel and prophet.

Variants include Eli, Elias, and Elisha.

Infographic of Elijah name meaning, which is A Hebrew name meaning my God is Yahweh, Elijah has strong biblical ties.
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Elijah Name Popularity

How popular is the name Elijah? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Elijah was the 7th most popular boys name, representing 0.9379% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Elijah has been the 110th most popular boys name, representing 0.1937% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 215 74 0.021%
1911 240 75 0.0201%
1912 285 119 0.0236%
1913 322 117 0.0206%
1914 320 165 0.0237%
1915 336 208 0.0229%
1916 348 205 0.0212%
1917 336 231 0.0231%
1918 342 238 0.0222%
1919 314 271 0.0259%
1920 349 247 0.0222%
1921 356 240 0.021%
1922 311 296 0.0266%
1923 326 278 0.0248%
1924 353 242 0.0208%
1925 338 258 0.0228%
1926 336 255 0.0232%
1927 329 263 0.0238%
1928 346 231 0.0216%
1929 341 229 0.0221%
1930 363 207 0.0198%
1931 387 176 0.0178%
1932 348 212 0.0215%
1933 374 170 0.0182%
1934 369 184 0.019%
1935 365 182 0.0187%
1936 354 195 0.0202%
1937 366 179 0.0182%
1938 398 165 0.0161%
1939 359 206 0.0203%
1940 395 172 0.0162%
1941 371 205 0.0182%
1942 377 220 0.0174%
1943 404 192 0.0147%
1944 388 202 0.0163%
1945 387 198 0.0162%
1946 407 201 0.0136%
1947 391 269 0.0161%
1948 434 200 0.0125%
1949 410 231 0.0144%
1950 395 252 0.0157%
1951 446 186 0.011%
1952 408 247 0.0142%
1953 433 228 0.0129%
1954 435 230 0.0126%
1955 467 207 0.0113%
1956 524 163 0.0086%
1957 509 189 0.0098%
1958 532 170 0.009%
1959 566 139 0.0073%
1960 558 156 0.0082%
1961 548 163 0.0086%
1962 564 149 0.0081%
1963 619 116 0.0065%
1964 591 131 0.0074%
1965 675 77 0.0047%
1966 606 108 0.0069%
1967 601 109 0.0072%
1968 646 90 0.006%
1969 641 110 0.0071%
1970 588 144 0.009%
1971 564 160 0.0106%
1972 576 147 0.0108%
1973 541 163 0.0126%
1974 474 237 0.0182%
1975 486 227 0.0177%
1976 462 245 0.019%
1977 351 471 0.0349%
1978 322 508 0.0378%
1979 291 664 0.0471%
1980 275 731 0.05%
1981 276 724 0.0493%
1982 278 709 0.0474%
1983 294 643 0.0436%
1984 308 594 0.0399%
1985 294 656 0.0432%
1986 288 692 0.0458%
1987 287 717 0.047%
1988 267 856 0.0549%
1989 255 963 0.0597%
1990 243 1,114 0.0672%
1991 221 1,322 0.0811%
1992 202 1,500 0.094%
1993 169 1,876 0.1203%
1994 133 2,609 0.17%
1995 93 3,974 0.2637%
1996 81 4,807 0.321%
1997 74 5,086 0.3439%
1998 66 5,662 0.3783%
1999 60 6,595 0.4404%
2000 52 7,470 0.489%
2001 45 8,336 0.5532%
2002 41 10,050 0.6706%
2003 37 10,658 0.7006%
2004 31 11,707 0.7681%
2005 31 11,605 0.759%
2006 29 12,044 0.7692%
2007 30 12,405 0.7862%
2008 22 13,225 0.8557%
2009 22 12,825 0.8581%
2010 18 13,891 0.9639%
2011 13 13,960 0.9799%
2012 13 13,865 0.973%
2013 11 13,783 0.9681%
2014 11 13,813 0.9481%
2015 11 13,628 0.9366%
2016 9 13,867 0.9618%
2017 8 13,268 0.9507%
2018 7 12,886 0.9379%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Elijah

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What names are diminutives of Elijah?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Elijah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Elijah, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Elia

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

Elie

God is my help; high; the Lord is my God

Hebrew

#2,109 (0.001%)  
Ely

High

Hebrew

#1,635 (0.0025%)  
Lige

The Lord is my God

Hebrew


What names are variants of Elijah?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Elijah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elias

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

#67 (0.3865%)  
Elihu

My God is He

Hebrew

Elija

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

Eliot

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

#1,040 (0.0088%)  
Eliyahu

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

#1,180 (0.0066%)  
Eljah

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

Elliot

My God is Yahweh

English

#162 (0.1712%)  
Ellis

My God is Yahweh

English

#314 (0.0751%)  
Elyot

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

Elyott

The Lord is my God

Hebrew


What names sound like Elijah?

If you like how Elijah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Elijah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eleazar

God is my help

Hebrew

#1,131 (0.0071%)  
Eleazer

God is my help

Hebrew

Eliakim

God will establish

Hebrew

Eliam

God is my nation

Hebrew

#1,061 (0.0083%)  
Elihu

My God is He

Hebrew

Elisha

God is my salvation

Hebrew

#805 (0.0153%)  
Eljah

The Lord is my God

Hebrew

Ilias

Greek

#1,849 (0.0017%)  

What names are similar to Elijah?

Find a name that’s like Elijah, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Ezekiel

God will strengthen

Hebrew

#87 (0.3139%)  
Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

#51 (0.4808%)  
Jonah

Dove

Hebrew

#145 (0.1959%)  
Joshua

God is salvation

Hebrew

#41 (0.5353%)  
Judah

Praise

Hebrew

#201 (0.1446%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  

Lists With Elijah

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Siblings of Elijah

Mamas with kids named Elijah also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Kadyn

Fighter

American

Grayson

Son of the steward

English

#32 (0.6215%)  
Joshua

God is salvation

Hebrew

#41 (0.5353%)  
Rebekah

To bind

Hebrew

#670 (0.0261%)  
Aurora

Goddess of dawn

Latin

#44 (0.3483%)  
Adler

Eagle

German

#988 (0.0102%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
Arianna

Most holy

Latin

#94 (0.2147%)  

37 Comments

  1. I love everything about Elijah I just wish I didn’t always feel like I’m not doing sumn right

  2. his name came from a tv show i love

  3. Elijah is a family name. I like that I can call him Eli or EJ or Elijah

  4. hes a hamd full but i love him

  5. He’s just perfect . A angel

  6. We chose the name Elijah because of its meaning “my God is Yahweh”, we like to pick a name based on its meaning.

  7. I loved the name Elijah

  8. i love it so much becz it as a good meaning

  9. I decided to go with the name Elijah because it’s a very strong, noble name. I can call him Eli for short (which is what the father wanted to name him) so we both got our way.

  10. I tell my Husband if we have a baby boy you can picked he name out so he picked Elijah

  11. Well Elijah I got from the show the originals from the bad ass brother Elijah he is my favorite character on the show

  12. Elijah’s father has 2 girls and their names are from the Bible and we wanted a name from the Bible too for him but we didn’t want a common name so that’s how we picked Elijah. Elijah’s middle name is Bleu and that from his father’s side because they have a lot of Indian in them and one of his relatives name was Bleu and he has always liked Bleu as a name so that’s how we got Elijah’s first and middle name. My daughter’s name is Paige Elizabeth. I was having the hardest time trying to figure out a name for my daughter, one day I got a call from my grandmother and she told me something kept telling her that my daughter’s name is Paige and that I had to name my daughter Paige. Her middle name is my middle name, I wanted her to have part of my name so I gave her my middle name.

  13. My boyfriend picked Elijah’s name because he thought it was a unique name,and a name in the bible. We both decided that the name Elijah was perfect for our little bundle of joy. Elijah’s biggest fan is his big brother kayden who is now 5 years old everytime kayden talks to him Elijah has the biggest smile. I thank god every day for our two favorite little guys there my whole world and much more!

  14. I’ve always loved biblical names for my boys, so Elijah Matthew was the perfect match for me.

  15. He such a happy baby

  16. I am glad that he is here and safe

  17. We wanted a biblical name as our faith is very important in our family life. Our last name sounds best with A or E names. We picked the middle name Emeric based on the baby’s birth date, which is St. Emeric’s saints day. Also, St. Gerard was a tutor to St. Emeric, and Gerard was the middle name we had for our first miscarried baby. This special connection solidified our choice for a name. We felt like having a unique middle name helped balance out the popular Elijah first name and felt complete for our family. We didn’t have a middle name picked out until he was born.

  18. I just liked the name. I liked that it was a name from the Bible, a prophet. I like that I can shorten the name to Eli.

  19. I love his name

  20. I chose the name Elijah because it means (to me) “noble”.
    I’ve loved the name for years, I always knew that if I had a son then that would be his name, and when I found out I was having a boy, we chose the name Elijah.

  21. I named him after my deceased grandfather which I loved very much. ?

  22. Chose the name Elijah after Elijah in the Bible. Elijah in the Bible did alot og good things and was a good person.

  23. Elijah is a very strong biblical name. It means my GOD is always with me. I wanted my son to understand the power GOD has over his life and when against all odds who will always be with him.

  24. Well His Dads Name is Eli , I Really Didnt Want Him To Be A Jr So We Named Him Elijah

  25. Elijah was a great profit and brought back someone from the dead with the lords help and I feel having Elijah has brought me back from “death”

  26. I have always liked the name Elijah and boy names that start with the letter E. I have 5 boys and 2 have names that start with E.

  27. First it was from the Bible which means Yahweh is Lord.
    Second was from the history of Elijah’s role in the bible.
    And last was, its the second teddy bear’s name given by my husband during our anniversary.

  28. I’m very in love…

  29. Love the biblical name

  30. I have two children Imani is 6 and Elijah was born June 6,2019.

  31. Honestly I was watching the book of eli and eli was stuck in my head. I had to fight with his father he wanted a jr and i didnt so we came to an agreement and that’s how we got Elijah. I love his name it fits him perfectly. Elijah is a sweet funny strong little person with a big personality and super smart I’m glad hes here

  32. He is named after a family friend of ours and his middle name of Leroy is from his grandfather who passed away from brain cancer a year before Elijah was born

  33. It was always just a name from the Bible I wanted to name my second son as my first was a Junior. I didn’t think he would come along and 11 years later here is, my king Elijah ?

  34. I choose the name through the inspiration of God. I don’t have any regret for choosing the name.

  35. Our daughter, Hannah, 7, named after Hannah in the Bible, liked the name Elijah and it was Biblical too. It also ends with ah like Hannah’s name does.

  36. Elijah was my 3rd child, but only boy. Again wanted that Biblical name. With his 2 sisters, we had always said we would name them Noah if they had been a boy. When I got pregnant with my 3rd, I just felt that was not going to be the case. I asked my husband if he liked Elijah over Noah, and without hesitation, he agreed. I absolutely love the story of Elijah in the Bible. A co-worker was speaking at chapel (private school where I used to work) one day, and she spoke on Elijah. I felt that was confirmation if God was going to bless us with a boy, and He did. I could not have imagined it any other way!

  37. We had a hard time choosing a boys name! We decided on 3 that we liked- Elijah, Avery and James then waited to meet baby boy before choosing the final name. Once we spent a day with our boy we knew Elijah was the right fit! Sometimes it helps to meet baby to get a feel for who he/she is!!


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