Gender: Male Meaning of Eli: "ascended, uplifted, high" Origin of Eli: Hebrew Eli's Popularity in 2018: #58

Eli Origin and Meaning

The name Eli is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ascended, uplifted, high".

Eli derives from the Hebrew ’aly, meaning “high.” In the Old Testament, Eli was the high priest and last judge of Israel, who trained the prophet Samuel. While Eli is a full name on its own, it can be a shortened form of Elijah, Elias, Eliezer, or even Elliot. Eli is used as a feminine name—most often as a nickname for Elisabet or Elin—in some Scandinavian countries.

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.

CNN anchor Campbell Brown and SNL alum Rachel Dratch chose Eli for their baby boys.

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Rank in US: #58

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Famous People Named Eli

Pop Culture References for the name Eli

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.