Meaning and Origin of: Elijah

Boy name origins & meanings

Elijah baby name

  • Hebrew : God the Lord, the strong Lord

Syllables: 3

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Welsh, Jewish, and American : from the personal name Elijah, the usual English transliteration in the King James Bible (Old Testament) of the Hebrew name Eliyahu ‘Jehovah is God’, name of one of the Biblical prophets (see Elias).

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Elijah has been gradually rising to popularity over the last 20 years. It finally broke into the top 10 in 2016, after breaking the top 20 in 2009.

However, it is the 32nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Elijah was at its peak popularity in February and March 2019.

Although the name Elijah has been in use since biblical times, it is at its peak popularity today in the number seven spot. The name was originally used in the Old Testament for a prophet and has been used prominently in religious history. Due to its steady rise in popularity and similarity to the number one name Noah, many believe it could move even further up the ranks to a spot in the top three position. Today its popularity can be attributed to Elijah Blue Allman, son of Cher and Greg Allman, and popular actor Elijah Wood.

Where is it Popular?

Elijah was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Elijah

  • Eli
  • Lijah

Pairs well with these middle names