Meaning and Origin of: Elias

Elias is from a medieval personal name, the New Testament Greek form of Hebrew Eliyahu "Jehovah is God"
Meaning and Origin of Elias

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : The Lord is God

What does Elias mean and stand for?

The name Elias is of Hebrew origin and means "the Lord is God" or "Yahweh is God". Elias is a form of Elijah in various languages and appears in the Greek New Testament.

Syllables: 3

Family name origins & meanings

  • Greek, Spanish (Elías), Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, French (Élias), German, Dutch, Hungarian (Éliás), Czech (Eliáš), and Jewish : from a medieval personal name, the New Testament Greek form of Hebrew Eliyahu ‘Jehovah is God’ (Anglicized as Elijah in the Old Testament of the King James Bible). This name was borne by a Biblical prophet, but its popularity among Christians in the Middle Ages was a result of its adoption by various early saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Syracuse and a 9th-century Spanish martyr.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Elias has been consistently popular, jumping quite a few spots from the 242 place it held in 2000. Rapidly jumping the ranks, Elias is close to breaking the top 50 in 2020, positioned at 53.

However, it is the 46th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Elias was at its peak popularity in March 2017.

Elias was widely used in the 18th century by English Protestants. It is the name of an oratorio about the prophet Elijah, composed by Felix Mendelssohn. Sir Walter Scott, Anthony Trollope and Thomas Hardy have all written novels with a character named Elias. The inventor of the sewing machine was also named Elias - Elias Howe. Both Walt Disney and Robert Downey Jr. chose the name Elias as a middle name for their sons.

Nicknames for Elias

  • Eli

Where is it Popular?

Elias was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names