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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 "Spelling Bee Name Game".

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)