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since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name El mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of El

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name El is of Aramaic origin and means "Lord, creator".
  • A user from New York, United States says the name El is of Unknown origin and means "King of the gods ancient Egyptian".
  • A user from Australia says the name El is of New Zealand origin and means "Creator".
  • According to a user from New Zealand, the name El is of Biblical origin and means "Creator".
Other origins: African, Hebrew, and Islamic,Arabic

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  1. A railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
  2. Angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

From Biblical Hebrew אֵל (ʾēl).

  1. Any of several major ancient Near East deities, including the supreme god of the Canaanite religion, but especially the supreme Hebrew God.

El was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named El

El Diablo is a comics character.


El Greco is an artist. El was given the name Doménikos Theotokópoulos in Heraklion.


El Risitas is a comedian and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. El was given the name Juan Joya Borja in 1962 in Seville, Andalusia, Spain.


El Hadji Diouf is a soccer player for the Free agent, Stade Rennais F.C., FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, RC Lens, Liverpool F.C., Bolton Wanderers F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Rangers F.C., Doncaster Rovers F.C., Leeds United F.C., Sabah United FC, and Senegal national football team. El was born on January 15th, 1981 in Dakar, Senegal.


El DeBarge is a rhythm, blues, soul music, pop music, gospel music, jazz, and hip hop music musician. He has been prominent since 1979. El was given the name Eldra Patrick DeBarge on June 4th, 1961 in Detroit.


El Lissitzky was an artist. El was born on November 23rd, 1890 in Pochinok (inhabited locality). He died on December 30th, 1941.


Notable Persons With the Last Name El

Layla El is a wrestler. Layla was born on June 25th, 1977 in London.


Lee El is an actor and actress. Lee was given the name Kim Ji-hyun on August 26th, 1982 in South Korea.


Antwaan Randle El is a football player. Antwaan was born on August 17th, 1979 in Riverdale, Illinois.


EL is a hip hop music, hiplife, and azonto record producer, rapping, singing, music executive, and audio engineer. He plays Keyboard instrument and Sampler (musical instrument). He was most prominent from 2008 to 2008. EL was given the name Elom Adablah on June 28th, 1983 in Dansoman, Accra, Ghana. EL is also known as EL GH.


Kedwany was born in 1967.


Cynthia Biggs El is a pop music, disco, dance music, soul music, rhythm, blues, and gospel musician.


Where is the name El popular?

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Popularity of El as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity El U.S.
  White 13.15% 64.26%
  African American 60.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 16.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.13% 16.26%

Of Last Name El

People with the last name El are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name El

  • How Popular is the name El? El is the 22,626th most popular name of all time. As a last name El was the 17,596th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name El have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 279 babies born with the first name El in the United States. That's more than enough people named El to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named El? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was El first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name El is Friday, June 3rd, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named El born? The highest recorded use of the first name El was in 2000 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Random El Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name El is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name El: Your name in reverse order is Le. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Le. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name El? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,597 people with the last name El.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of El? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with El as their last name since less than 1 person in 185k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.