Elijah

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Gender: M Meaning of Elijah: "Yahweh is God" Origin of Elijah: Hebrew Elijah's Popularity in 2015: #11

Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, bringing it inside the Top 20 for the fifth year in a row -- a possible challenge to Noah for Number 1 in the future.

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.

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 Eugene Pitts, American NFL football player
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 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 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)