ee-LIE-us; ih-LIE-us; eh-LEE-us;EH-lee-us
Greek variation of Elijah, Hebrew
"Yahweh is God"

Elias Origin and Meaning

The name Elias is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "Yahweh is God".

Strong, charismatic, and sleek, Elias has followed in the footsteps of Elijah and Eli to become a popular choice among parents today.

While it may sound cool and fresh, Elias is a name with history and substance. It is the Greek form of the name Elijah, meaning “Yahweh is God,” and was used in both the Greek New Testament and medieval tales. Elias was then given to early saints, to honor the miracles and work of the popular Biblical figure.

Revived by Puritans in the 18th century, notable namesakes include the inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe, writer Elias Canetti and Walter Elias Disney.

Felix Mendelssohn composed a popular oratorio named “Elias”, while Sir Walter Scott, Anthony Trollope, and Thomas Hardy all have characters called Elias in their novels, giving the name literary and classical charm.

In the US, Elias has seen significant usage from the 90’s onwards with its popularity doubling during the 2010’s. Given to over 6000 boys each year, Elias continues to climb the charts and has overtaken Eli as a go to El- choice.

While still outranked by Elijah in the US, across Europe and South America, Elias is the preferred form. Popular in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Mexico, Elias travels well. Most recently, it entered the UK Top 100 in 2022, replacing Ollie.

The name has been chosen for characters in the popular horror podcast, The Magnus Archives, Cassandra Clare’s trilogy “The Infernal Devices”, and the TV series “Person of Interest.” Elias has the celebrity seal of approval too, with singer Michael Bublé, actor Robert Downey Jr, tennis player Boris Becker and actress Barbara Becker choosing to use it for their sons.

Handsome and refined as it is, the main problem with Elias is deciding whether you want to use it, or keep Elijah, Eli, Elliot, Elio, Eliza, Elizabeth, or Elise in the running. To avoid the problem, you could go with similar but lower ranking Tobias, Linus, or Ozias.

# 35 in the US

Elias Rank in US Top 1000

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Elias Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Elias Popularity

Famous People Named Elias

  • Elias Abdulmajidbrother of supermodel Iman
  • Elias Beckerson of tennis player and model Boris and Barbara Becker
  • Elias BoudinotAmerican politician
  • Elias BreeskinRussian violinist
  • Elias BublĂ©son of singer Michael BublĂ©
  • Elias Canettiawarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Elias James CoreyAmerican chemist
  • Elias D'Onofrioson of actor Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Elias DaytonAmerican soldier and politician
  • Elias Charles DisneyCanadian businessman, father of Walt Disney
  • Elias GoldbergAmerican painter
  • Elias Gottlob HaussmannGerman painter
  • Elias Logan HargerAmerican actor
  • Elias HollGerman architect
  • Elias HoweAmerican inventor of the sewing machine
  • Elias KaneAmerican politician
  • Elias KoteasGreek,Canadian actor
  • Elias LindholmSwedish hockey player
  • Elias ibn MudarArab chieftain, ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Elias of ArmeniaArmenian religious leader
  • Elias Bender RønnenfeltDanish musician of band Iceage
  • Elias Alves da SilvaBrazilian football player
  • Elias ToufexisGreek,Canadian actor
  • Elias WrightAmerican Union brevet brigadier general during the Civil War era
  • Exton Elias Downeyson of actor Robert Downey Jr
  • Walter Elias "Walt" DisneyAmerican founder of Disney

Elias in Pop Culture

  • Elias Malmgrena central character in Sara B Elfgren & Mats Strandberg's "Cirkeln" trilogy
  • Elias Acorncharacter in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series
  • Elias Bogancharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Elias Grovercharacter in the 2006 film "Clerks II"
  • Sergeant Elias Grodincharacter in 1986 film "Platoon"
  • Eliasfictional character in Panel de Pon
  • Elias Rykercharacter in Richard K. Morgan's novel, Altered Carbon
  • Elias "Eli" Thompsoncharacter on TV's "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Elias Walkercharacter in the 2013 video game "Call of Duty: Ghosts"
  • Elias Ainsworthcharacter in anime and manga "The Ancient Magus' Bride"
  • Dr. Elias Huercharacter from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979)
  • Carl G. Eliasknown as Elias, crime boss on TV's "Person of Interest"
  • Elias Goldsteincharacter in video game "Shall We Date?"
  • Elias Storypseudonym of Isolt Sayre in J.K. Rowling's "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"
  • Elias Veturiusmain character in the book series "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir
  • Elias Bakkoushcharacter in Norwegian TV show "Skam"
  • Eliasa character from the young adult books, "The Dead,Tossed Waves" and "The Dark and Hollow Places" by Carrie Ryan
  • Eliasa character from Jose Rizal's "Noli Me Tangere"
  • Eliascharacter in the novel Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  • Elias Blackcharacter in the 2017 video game “Prey”
  • Song by the band Dispatch called "Elias"
  • Elias Bouchardcharacter on "The Magnus Archives"

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