Gender: Male Meaning of Elijah: "Yahweh is God" Origin of Elijah: Hebrew Elijah's Popularity in 2018: #7

Elijah Origin and Meaning

The name Elijah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is God".

Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. The name is rising in popularity and is near the top of the charts, and if it heats up any more, it could challenge Noah for the Number 1 spot.

After long neglect, Elijah was suddenly rejuvenated when Cher and Greg Allman bestowed it on their son Elijah Blue in 1976, and got another shot of youth serum via young actor Elijah Wood.

Among other celebrities who have chosen Elijah for their boys are Donnie Wahlberg, James Spader, Tracy Nelson, Wynonna Judd and Bono (who followed it with middle names Bob Patricus Guggi G.).

Elijah figures in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. There are numerous songs containing the name, and Elijah also figures in many books--including Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit-- and in films.

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Rank in US: #7

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Famous People Named Elijah

Pop Culture References for the name Elijah

Elias, Elian, Elliot, Eli, Ellis, Elyot, Elyott, Elijio, Eliya, Elijuo, Eliot, Eljah, Eliyah, Elijuah, Ely

Elijah's International Variations

Elihu, Eliyahu (Hebrew) Ilias, Elio (Russian) Ilie (Romanian) Ilya (Greek) Élie (French) Elia (Spanish)


MidnightSky Says:


I never would have thought of this name as having anything to do with slavery. George Washington was a slave owner and yet I don't think the name George should be off-limits.

TechnoKitten Says:


I really don't like it.I don't know why but i just don't..

sweetsaltwatertaffy Says:


There's no name in the world that sounds more like a 19th Century slave plantation owner. Given that it's never been less socially acceptable to be even mildly sympathetic to anything Confederate, I'm surprised so many people honestly give their sons a name that I can't picture on anyone doing anything but whipping a slave.

Mangiafridda Says:


My friend's name is Elijah and she's a 24-year-old female. She's of Persian and Indian descent, but her parents just loved the name, it had no connection to their ancestery.

Alaina Says:


Elijah is a cute, handsome and a sophisticated great name for a little boy!

Niamhdd27 Says:


Love this name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I get you, to be honest. I hate hearing male names on girls, especially ones like James and Michael, that I really love on boys - but I can somewhat see it with Elijah, because Eli sounds kind of unisex, and then I also think, maybe Ellie...??? I intensely dislike the trend though, so I almost wish I disagreed with you. 😀

paulapuddephatt Says:


Handsome name

LV51sfan91 Says:


Some days I love it others not so much. I love Eli but DH doesn't. I like Lijah too!

hermioneameliastyles Says:


This is in my top 5 favorite boy names of all time. I love this name and you definitely don't hear it enough. Love it!!

Jazzy7 Says:


I love this name! So handsome:) Eli of course is a cute nickname and I can see myself calling my baby Elijah, Ellie as well! It's just so cute :)

Essa Says:


We had this name chosen for a boy but some close friends of ours have named their son it (and with our chosen middle name too!!). So it looks like it's time to lose Elijah (and Eli which I just adore!) and start thinking outside the box a little bit more. I'm sick of hearing of people naming their babies names that are in my top choices so I think I'm starting from scratch.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I must admit I think this would be adorable on a girl. I normally hate (and I mean hate) boys names on girls with a passion, but this one is the only exception to my rule.

headintheclouds Says:


One of those not-as-popular-still-relatively-popular biblical boy names I've never really quite liked. The way Elijah is spelled looks very clunky and mish-mashed to me, and I just don't like the sounds of Eli (seems slick and insubstantial)+ jah (sounds like a gargled exclamation) together. It does have a nice meaning and one of the better biblical backstories though.

Leah3456 Says:


I like this name with the nickname Eli.

klemley18 Says:


My favorite name since I was little.