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Gender: M Meaning of Elijah: "Yahweh is God" Origin of Elijah: Hebrew Elijah's Popularity in 2015: #11

Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, bringing it inside the Top 20 for the fifth year in a row -- a possible challenge to Noah for Number 1 in the future.

After long neglect, Elijah was suddenly rejuvenated when Cher and Greg Allman bestowed it on their son Elijah Blue in 1976, and got another shot of youth serum via young actor Elijah Wood.

Among other celebrities who have chosen Elijah for their boys are Donnie Wahlberg, James Spader, Tracy Nelson, Wynonna Judd and Bono (who followed it with middle names Bob Patricus Guggi G.).

Elijah figures in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. There are numerous songs containing the name, and Elijah also figures in many books--including Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit-- and in films.

Famous People Named Elijah

Elijah Jordan Wood, American actor
Elijah Kelley, American actor and singer
Elijah Samuel Burke, American pro wrestler
Elijah Eugene Cummings, U.S. Congressman from Maryland
Elijah Brigham, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American journalist and abolitionist
Elijah Muhammad (born Elijah Robert Poole), American leader of the Nation of Islam
Elijah Hunt Mills, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Elijah Adams Morse, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor
Elijah Eugene Pitts, American NFL football player
Elijah Blue Allman, son of singers Cher and Gregg Allman
Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, son of singer Elton John and David Furnish
Elijah Makai Solomon, eldest son of octomom Nadya Suleman
Elijah Judd, son of singer Wynonna Judd
Elijah Spader, son of American actor James Spader
Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg, son of American actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg
Elijah Dylan Westbrook (b. 2010), son of Karen Fairchild and Jim Westbrook
Elijah Beckwith (b. 2013), son of American actress Heather Morris

Pop Culture References for the name Elijah

Elijah Mikaleson, Character from the TV series 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals'
Elijah Springfield, character in Frank Peretti's "Veritas Project"

Ely, Elijio, Elyot, Eli, Elliot, Eliya, Elyott, Elian, Ellis, Elijuo, Eliot, Eljah, Eliyah, Elijuah, Elias

Elijah's International Variations

Elihu, Eliyahu (Hebrew) Ilias, Elio (Russian) Ilie (Romanian) Ilya (Greek) Élie (French) Elia (Spanish)