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Gender: Male Meaning of Eli: "ascended, uplifted, high" Origin of Eli: Hebrew Eli's Popularity in 2017: #54

The name Eli is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ascended, uplifted, high". Eli is ranked #54 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "{boys} love/like/lose: alt. version".

From the experts:

Eli--a solid Biblical name with lots of spirit and energy -- shot up the popularity charts in the 90's and 00's, but has plateaued a bit in popularity since.

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.

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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, Americna politician; 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
Elijah "Eli" Levi Dale, YouTuber from The Dale Tribe family vloggers
Eli James Vonnegut (b. 1980), son of Mark Vonnegut; grandson of novelist Kurt Vonnegut
Eli Alistair Stephens (b. 2007), son of actors Toby Stephens and Anna-Louise Plowman
Eli James Senor (b. 2007), son of TV journalist Campbell Brown and Daniel Samuel Senor
Eli Samuel Weisman (b. 2008), son of actor Kevin Weisman
Eli David-Lloyd, son of actor Gareth David-Lloyd
Eli Benjamin Wahl (b. 2010), son of comedienne Rachel Dratch and John Wahl
Eli Christopher Ivery (b. 2016), son of actress Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

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
Eli Loker, character on TV's 'Lie To Me'
Eli Yanakakis, main protagonist in the Compound novels
Elijah Leslie "Eli" Pepperjack, character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"

Eloi, Eloy, Ely

Eli's International Variations

Elie (French)


Francoamericano Says:


Eli is so cute and I can see it as a grown-up

Ciceroan Says:


I do want to point out Eli is also a nickname for Elizabeth (said E-lie, not Ell-e).

Eliza1303 Says:


This is a cool and strong name to me. I personally like it more alone.

cheekygals Says:


Eli is a girls name. In Scandinavia. Just like the original post says.

Spy Says:


Eli is not a girl's name... Ellie yes

Elipeli Says:


Hi, Eli is a girl's name in Scandinavia. I'm a Norwegian lady named Eli. In Norway the name is pronounced almost like "Ellie".

Myanover Says:


My six year old brother is named Eli it's a pretty good name

Sillysarahlily Says:


I named my character Eli, his the only boy in his sibset.

His sisters are Poppy-Mae, Cleo and Rose

Daiseymae Says:


This has been my favorite name for the past 20 years. I was blessed with 3 daughters, so I never had a boy.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I love this as a nickname for Elias, Elliot, Elijah and Felix! So handsome but cute at the same time and even though I love it as a nickname, it can definitely stand on its own.

q​ Says:


I was almost an Eli, instead I got the good old generic "Matthew"

EW314 Says:


I like Elias, Eliezer and Elio as longer forms, but honestly just Eli is my favourite version of this name. It's short, strong and feels playful yet respectable. I can see an Eli in literally any career, from High Court judge to screenwriter to barista to professional athlete. It suits a boy, grown man and elderly man equally. Lovely name!

zoemaks Says:


There was a girl in my biology class last year with this name, except she pronounced it the same way as Ellie. The teacher said her name the boy way every time she called role, and subs thought that she was messing with them when they called role.

bearcub27 Says:


Wow, Eli has hit me hard lately and I'm totally crushing on it! It came out of nowhere one day. I just thought, "You know, Eli is a really handsome name!" I prefer this on its own, not as a nickname for anything else. Eli Michael, Eli Rufus, and Eli Vincent all sound like amazing combos to me! Its popularity doesn't even bother me, which popularity often does, because I think the world would be a much better place with a few more boys named Eli running around :D

scblovesnames Says:


Goodness that's pretty.

Marlz81 Says:


My son is named Eli:) I think it's very cute but still masculine.

jan11th Says:


I love the sibset Eli & Avalon.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I know how to pronounce Eli because one goes to my school, but everyone else (including teachers) call him Ellie when they see his name.

scblovesnames Says:


This is a lovely name that I chose for my son. I love my Eli. It is not unusual, but not too common, and sometimes my Eli is mistaken for Elijah. Another beautiful name, but no. I have an Eli, and it is not short for Elias, Eliot, or Elijah.