Elijah first name popularity, history and meaning

Find out how popular the first name Elijah has been for the last 50 years (from 1974 to 2023) and learn more about the meaning and history.

Meaning of Elijah

A masculine Hebrew name meaning "my God is Yahweh/Jehovah".

Popularity of Elijah by gender

Based on the last 50 years of data, Elijah is more commonly used as a male name, with approximately 100% of people named Elijah being male.

For the most recent data in 2023, there were 11,452 male babies and 20 female babies born with the name Elijah.

Yes—according to the SSA data, 20 baby girls were named Elijah in 2023, despite it being a predominantly male name. We'd love to know why!

Year Male Count Female Count
2023 11,452 20
2022 11,979 31
2021 12,774 28
2020 13,172 31
2019 13,393 21
2018 12,997 33
2017 13,420 28
2016 13,956 27
2015 13,698 28
2014 13,865 34
2013 13,812 33
2012 13,895 28
2011 13,990 33
2010 13,911 48
2009 12,839 37
2008 13,234 44
2007 12,413 40
2006 12,051 38
2005 11,610 39
2004 11,712 77
2003 10,664 46
2002 10,052 39
2001 8,339 42
2000 7,471 25
1999 6,596 36
1998 5,662 50
1997 5,088 32
1996 4,816 36
1995 3,977 35
1994 2,621 22
1993 1,882 13
1992 1,522 21
1991 1,345 16
1990 1,139 11
1989 992 13
1988 886 8
1987 746 9
1986 718 11
1985 681 8
1984 630 5
1983 670 10
1982 740 9
1981 750 7
1980 754 5
1979 697 7
1978 547 6
1977 503 5
1976 301 9
1975 263 0
1974 288 0

The history of the first name Elijah

The name Elijah is a Hebrew name derived from the elements "El" meaning "God" and "Yah" which is a shortened form of the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh or Jehovah. It is believed to mean "Yahweh is God" or "My God is Yahweh". The name can be traced back to the 9th century BCE and the biblical prophet Elijah from the northern kingdom of Israel.

The prophet Elijah is a significant figure in the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the Quran, and the Baha'i writings. He is venerated in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith. In the Bible, Elijah is described as a hairy man who lived in the wilderness and worked miracles such as raising the dead, bringing fire down from the sky, and being taken up to heaven by a whirlwind in a chariot of fire.

One of the earliest recorded examples of the name Elijah is the biblical prophet himself, who lived during the reign of Ahab in the 9th century BCE. Other notable individuals named Elijah include Elijah ben Solomon, a Jewish Talmudic scholar from the 12th century CE, and Elijah of Vilna, a prominent rabbi and Jewish leader from the 18th century CE (1720-1797).

Throughout history, several influential people have borne the name Elijah. Elijah Craig (1738-1808) was an American Baptist minister and entrepreneurial distiller credited with being the first to mature bourbon in charred oak casks. Elijah Lovejoy (1802-1837) was an American Presbyterian minister, anti-slavery reformer, and journalist who was killed by a pro-slavery mob for his abolitionist views.

Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) was a prominent African-American religious leader who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975. Elijah Jeremiah McCoy (1844-1929), known as the "Real McCoy", was an African-American inventor and engineer who patented several important industrial inventions, including an automatic lubricator for steam engines.

Elijah Ricks (1982-present) is an American entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the venture capital firm Mucker Capital and the online education platform Semetric. These are just a few examples of notable individuals named Elijah throughout history, reflecting the enduring popularity and significance of this Hebrew name.

Data source

The first name data used on this page comes from the Social Security Administration (SSA). They've been collecting data on baby names since 1880.

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