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Gender: M Meaning of Eli: "ascended, uplifted, high" Origin of Eli: Hebrew Eli's Popularity in 2014: #49

Eli--a solid Biblical name with lots of spirit and energy -- has been bounding up the popularity charts, now firmly in the Top 50 at Number 49.

While Eli is a full name on its own, it can be a shortened form of Elijah, Elias, Eliezer, or even Elliot. CNN anchor Campbell Brown and SNL alum Rachel Dratch chose Eli for their baby boys.

In the Old Testament, Eli was the high priest and last judge of Israel, who trained the prophet Samuel.

Famous People Named Eli

Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning, American NFL football player; brother of football players Peyton and Cooper Manning
Eli Raphael Roth, American actor and director
Eli Whitney, American inventor
Eli Herschel Wallach, American actor
Eli Long, American Civil War general
Eli Charles Daniel Shortridge, 3rd governor of North Dakota, USA
Eli Metcalfe Bruce, American Confederate Congressman
Eli Jones Henkle, U.S. Congressman from Maryland
Eli Thayer, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Eli May Saulsbury, U.S. Senator from Delaware

Pop Culture References for the name Eli

Eli Goldsworthy, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Eli Sammler, character on TV's "Once and Again"
Eli Lloyd, nurse on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Eli Cottonmouth, character in movie "Dog Days of Summer"
Eli, character on TV's "Xena: Warrior Princess"
Eli, character in "Not a Drop to Drink" by Mindy McGinnis
Eli "Weevil" Navarro, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Eli David, father of Ziva David on TV's "NCIS"
Eli, song by Bosnian Rainbows
Eli Stone, TV Show

Eloi, Eloy, Ely

Eli's International Variations

Elie (French)