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Gender: Male Meaning of Elijah: "Yahweh is God" Origin of Elijah: Hebrew Elijah's Popularity in 2017: #8

The name Elijah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is God". Elijah is ranked #8 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Harry Potter House Sorting Name Game".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Elijah

Elijah, of the sons of Harim (Ezra 10:21)
Elijah Eugene Cummings, U.S. Congressman from Maryland
Elijah Jordan Wood, American actor
Elijah Kelley, American actor and singer
Elijah Samuel Burke, American pro wrestler
Elijah Brigham, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American journalist and abolitionist
Elijah Muhammad (born Elijah Robert Poole), American leader of the Nation of Islam
Elijah Hunt Mills, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Elijah Adams Morse, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor
Elijah Jones, American YouTube singer of duo Kinlee and Elijah
Elijah Eugene Pitts, American NFL football player
Elijah "Eli" Levi Dale, YouTuber from The Dale Tribe family vloggers
Elijah Blue Allman (b. 1976), son of singers Cher and Gregg Allman
Elijah Spader (b. 1992) , son of actor James Spader
Elijah Garcia (b. 1992), son of singer Tiffany Darwish and Bulmaro Garcio
Elijah Judd (b. 1994), son of singer Wynonna Judd
Elijah Croce (b. 1997), son of singer A.J. Croce; grandson of singer Jim Croce
Elijah Holyfield (b. 1998), son of boxer Evander Holyfield
Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Hewson (b. 1999), son of singer Bono of U2
Elijah Diamond (b. 2000), son of actress Sheryl Lee and Jesse Diamond; grandson of singer Neil Diamond
Elijah Wright (b. 2001), son of actors Jeffrey Wright and Carmen Ejogo
Elijah Nelson Clark (b. 2001), son of actress Tracy Nelson and Chris Clark
Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg (b. 2001), son of actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg
Elijah Atkins (b. 2002), son of singer Rodney Atkins
Elijah Wolf O'Connell (b. 2002), son of model Amanda Swafford and Tobias O'Connell
Elijah Jeramiah Stotijn (b. 2003), son of singers Anouk and Remon Stotijn
Elijah Alexander-Knox (b. 2004), son of actor/comedian Flex Alexander and singer Shanice Wilson
Elijah Burress (b. 2006), son of NFL player Plaxico Burress
Elijah Harrison (b. 2007), son of NFL player Damon Harrison
Elijah Pineda Palanca (b. 2007), son of actors Bernard Palanca and Meryll Soriano
Elijah Makai Solomon (b. 2009), eldest son of octomom Nadya Suleman
Elijah Dylan Westbrook (b. 2010), son of musicians Karen Fairchild and Jim Westbrook of band Little Big Town
Elijah Porter (b. 2010), son of reality TV personality Alex Nation ("The Bachelor Australia") and Joel Porter
Elijah Joseph Underwood (b. 2011), son of TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood
Elijah Gestede (b. 2012), son of footballer Rudy Gestede
Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John (b. 2013), son of singer Elton John and David Furnish
Elijah Craig Walker (b. 2013), son of singer Clay Walker
Elijah Beckwith (b. 2013), son of actress Heather Morris
Elijah Anderson (b. 2013), son of Australian rules footballer Jed Anderson

Pop Culture References for the name Elijah

Elijah Mikaleson, Character on TV's 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals'
Elijah Springfield, character in Frank Peretti's "Veritas Project"
Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, character in "Unbreakable"
Elijah Leslie "Eli" Pepperjack, character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"
"Elijah Rock," spiritual song
"Elijah," song by Matthew and the Atlas

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

Elijah's International Variations

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


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.