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Gender: Male Meaning of Ilya: "the Lord is my God" Origin of Ilya: Russian variation of Elijah

The name Ilya is a boy's name of Greek, Russian origin meaning "the Lord is my God". Ilya and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

A rare example of an a-ending boy's name that sounds masculine, Ilya has a large measure of creative Slavic charm. >p>Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is the central character in Goncharov's novel "Oblomov." Unfortunately, he spends most of his life in his bathrobe and slippers.

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Famous People Named Ilya

Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russian realist painter
Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov, Russian ice hockey player
Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
Ilya Mikhailovich Frank, Russian physicist and Nobel Prize winner
Ilya Romanovich Prigogine, Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Prize winner
Ilya Yankelevich Gabay, Russian civil rights activist
Ilya Perfilyev, Russian explorer

Pop Culture References for the name Ilya

Ilya Muromets, Russian folk hero
Ilya Afanasyevich Shamrayev, character in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"
Ilya Stepanovich Igolkin, character in Vladimir Obruchev's "Plutonia"
Ilya "Ilyusha" Snegiryov, character in Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov"
Ilya Pasternak, character in video game "Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation"
Ilya Kuryakin, main character on TV's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Ilya Tretiak, character in 1997 movie "The Saint"
Ilya, character in "Letters from Rifka" by Karen Hesse
Ilya, Julian's real name in visual novel The Arcana

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sweetsaltwatertaffy Says:


Sounds like a Russian villain. Completely unusable outside of Russia.

AuthenticSpirit Says:


That's my father's name! I love it. In Russian it is pronounced "ILL-YA". Not "EE-LAH-YA" or "EE-LEE-YA".

madehatter Says:


I'm surprised there are no comments on this name! Like the description says it is hard to find a name ending with an a that sounds masculine but this name does it well. This name is a great way to use a wonderful bible name with an interesting twist!