Gender: Male Meaning of Elias: "Yahweh is God" Origin of Elias: Greek variation of Elijah, Hebrew Elias's Popularity in 2018: #67

Elias Origin and Meaning

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

Elias, strong and charismatic, is following in the path of family members Elijah and Eli, and is also moving on up in popularity.

Used by the English Puritans in the eighteenth century, Elias is the name of an oratorio about the prophet Elijah, composed by Felix Mendelssohn. There have been characters named Elias in novels by Sir Walter Scott, Anthony Trollope and Thomas Hardy. And in the inventors' Hall of Fame is Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It has also been the middle name of both Walt Disney and Robert Downey Jr's son Exton.

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Rank in US: #67

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Pop Culture References for the name Elias

Ellis, Eliyas, Elia, Eliasz, Eliaz, Elice, Ellice, Ellias, Ellice, Elice, Elyas, Lincha


ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


When I was younger I always thought it was pronounced ''EL-EE-ES'' LOL

Ejluehrs Says:


Our boy is about to be 1 and his name is Elias. We pronounce it Uh-LIE-us. That's how I have always heard it pronounced and felt it was more masculine. Also I don't love the nickname Eli and people only call him "Eli" who read the name before hearing it (example: secretary at Drs office). It is higher on the baby name trend list than I would have liked, but I have never met another Elias child (only a sweet older Lebanese man)...

C Dep. Says:


Just the meaning of this makes me want to use it. I don't think my husband will go for it.... 4 more weeks to figure it out! Hahaha.

Mangle64 Says:


Love this name!!

ccmrath Says:


Love this name. My dear nephew is named Elias 'Eli' and it's such a unique name with an International sound.

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name. The only problem is I don't like the name/nickname Eli! The name Elias is definitely susceptible to the shortening of Eli and I don't want that AT ALL.

jaz.fortune Says:


I really like this name! Great biblical meaning and you get the cute nickname Eli. We like the combo Elias "Eli" Draven, would go well with son Caspian Wolf.

headintheclouds Says:


I like Elias slightly better than Elijah since it doesn't have that awkward -jah sound, but I still don't quite like the Eli- sound, especially when combined with the -as at the end. The "Ee-lie-us" pronunciation sounds off to me, and the nickname Eli still sounds slick and gloopy to my ears. Again as I said in the Elijah comments, Elias is a nice name with a rich meaning and history, and it has the bonus of being more offbeat and alternative than the more popular Elijah.

Starelli Says:


Depends on who you're talking to. In the Dispatch song, it's pronounced like the word alias.

tiffinapit Says:


I had no idea it was even that popular! We go for really offbeat names, and this is on the top of our list! Major bummer, gotta talk it over with the hubs and son

Leah3456 Says:


I like the way this name sounds. I can picture a farmer with this name.

GreenEyes375 Says:


I still can't believe how popular it is. The first person I ever heard about with this name was a three-year-old I met last year.

rahel Says:


It can be pronounced either way, depending on where you come from. In Europe and Spanish-speaking cultures I've heard it pronounced eh-LEE-us, which I prefer, but in the US I've also heard it the other way.

Leah Says:


I love this name, but my husband said absolutely not.

eveyalecia Says:


I've heard it as Uh-LIE-us.

Guest Says:


ee-LIE-us. Long e sound.

onlythingbetterthanhairspray Says:


Is it pronounced EH-lee-us or eh-LIE-us?