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Eli

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 73 0 73
1881 97 0 97
1882 94 0 94
1883 82 0 82
1884 67 0 67
1885 56 0 56
1886 66 0 66
1887 51 0 51
1888 75 0 75
1889 60 0 60
1890 49 0 49
1891 49 0 49
1892 60 0 60
1893 53 0 53
1894 60 0 60
1895 55 0 55
1896 43 0 43
1897 39 0 39
1898 46 0 46
1899 38 0 38
1900 45 0 45
1901 45 0 45
1902 51 0 51
1903 47 0 47
1904 43 0 43
1905 43 0 43
1906 44 0 44
1907 50 0 50
1908 55 0 55
1909 60 0 60
1910 63 0 63
1911 81 0 81
1912 159 0 159
1913 167 0 167
1914 208 0 208
1915 269 0 269
1916 277 6 271
1917 246 0 246
1918 287 0 287
1919 241 0 241
1920 259 7 252
1921 296 5 291
1922 275 0 275
1923 260 0 260
1924 247 0 247
1925 291 0 291
1926 266 0 266
1927 224 0 224
1928 215 0 215
1929 198 0 198
1930 192 0 192
1931 172 0 172
1932 186 0 186
1933 157 0 157
1934 176 0 176
1935 175 0 175
1936 160 0 160
1937 144 0 144
1938 119 0 119
1939 110 0 110
1940 140 0 140
1941 130 0 130
1942 130 0 130
1943 118 0 118
1944 123 0 123
1945 125 0 125
1946 116 0 116
1947 143 0 143
1948 137 0 137
1949 125 0 125
1950 139 0 139
1951 142 0 142
1952 140 0 140
1953 125 0 125
1954 134 0 134
1955 120 0 120
1956 152 0 152
1957 129 0 129
1958 118 0 118
1959 146 0 146
1960 148 0 148
1961 148 0 148
1962 139 0 139
1963 138 0 138
1964 122 0 122
1965 117 0 117
1966 115 0 115
1967 126 0 126
1968 139 0 139
1969 128 0 128
1970 233 0 233
1971 268 0 268
1972 270 5 265
1973 345 7 338
1974 377 5 372
1975 341 0 341
1976 393 12 381
1977 481 7 474
1978 449 6 443
1979 497 0 497
1980 545 9 536
1981 554 5 549
1982 514 10 504
1983 532 12 520
1984 513 7 506
1985 566 10 556
1986 568 5 563
1987 554 6 548
1988 553 11 542
1989 633 9 624
1990 675 8 667
1991 724 13 711
1992 719 12 707
1993 890 14 876
1994 901 14 887
1995 870 16 854
1996 883 8 875
1997 865 12 853
1998 1,016 19 997
1999 1,066 16 1,050
2000 1,468 9 1,459
2001 1,644 21 1,623
2002 1,942 18 1,924
2003 1,990 16 1,974
2004 2,560 42 2,518
2005 2,700 18 2,682
2006 3,003 22 2,981
2007 3,255 20 3,235
2008 4,531 20 4,511 #99 boy name
2009 4,936 28 4,908 #90 boy name
2010 6,584 30 6,554 #65 boy name
2011 7,238 38 7,200 #58 boy name
2012 8,082 31 8,051 #44 boy name
2013 7,957 36 7,921 #43 boy name
2014 7,491 22 7,469 #49 boy name
2015 7,114 27 7,087 #53 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Eli

  • How many people with the first name Eli have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 102,058 babies born with the first name Eli in the United States. That's more than enough people named Eli to occupy the territory of Aruba (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 101,484 (as of September 29, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Eli? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 73 new born babies.
  • When was Eli first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Eli is Tuesday, September 10th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Eli born? The highest recorded use of the first name Eli was in 2012 with a total of 8,051 babies. That's a lot of babies named Eli!
  • Random Eli Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Eli ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 106 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Eli: Your name in reverse order is Ile. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lie. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Eli? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,688 people with the last name Eli.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Eli? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Eli as their last name since less than 1 person in 175k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Eli as a first name

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Popularity of Eli as a last name

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Common last names for Eli

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  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Cohen
  • Martin
  • Jackson
  • Yoder
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Green
  • Thomas
  • Robinson
  • Phillips
  • Moore
  • Cooper

Common first names for Eli

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Eli U.S.
  White 58.23% 64.26%
  African American 21.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Eli

People with the last name Eli are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Eli" mean? The list below shows the origins of Eli as well as things modernly associated with the name Eli such as celebrities named Eli.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Eli

The name "Eli" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Height". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Hebrew עֵלִי (“ascent”); cognate to the Arabic-derived Ali.

  1. A male given name of Biblical origin.
  2. (biblical) The priest who brought up Samuel.

From the name of Elihu Yale.

  1. A student at Yale University.

    Eli was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, Norwegian, and Portuguese

    Notable Persons With the Name Eli

    Eli Roth

    Eli Roth is an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 1996. Eli was given the name Eli Raphael Roth on April 18th, 1972 in Newton, Massachusetts, US. Eli is also known as David Kaufbird and Eli R. Roth.

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    Eli Whitney

    Eli Whitney was an engineer. Eli was born on December 8th, 1765 in Westborough, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1825.

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    Eli Wallach

    Eli Wallach was an actor. He was most prominent from 1945 to 2014. Eli was given the name Eli Herschel Wallach on December 7th, 1915 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. He passed away on June 24th, 2014.

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    Eli Manning

    Eli Manning is a football player. Eli was born on January 3rd, 1981 in New Orleans.

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    Eli Drake

    Eli Drake is a leading somebody. Eli was born on November 11th, 1982 in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States.

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    Eli Broad

    Eli Broad is a founder, the broad foundations; co-founder, kb home; founder, sunamerica, kb home, and american international group. Eli was born on June 6th, 1933 in Bronx, New York City, U.S.

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    • Eli Goree
      (talk show host)
    • Eli Marienthal
      (noteworthy individual)
    • Eli Lilly
      (chemist)
    • Eli Craig
      (influential human)
    • Eli Elezra
      (poker player)
    • Eli Pariser
      (activist)
    • Eli Gold
      (sportscaster)
    • Eli Harold
      (athlete)
    • Eli Cross
      (notable individual)
    • The Legless Acrobat
      (circus)
    • Eli Heckscher
      (important human)
    • Eli Ben-Dahan
      (famous human)
    • Eli Biham
      (scientist)
    • Eli Jaxon-Bear
      (influential individual)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Eli

    Eli

    Eli is a singing, rapping, actor, singer, and rapper. Eli was given the name Ellison Kyong Jae Kim on March 13th, 1991 in Los Angeles.

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    Beatrice Eli

    Beatrice Eli is a pop music, alternative rock, dance music, and indie pop musician. She has been prominent since 2012. Beatrice was given the name Beatrice Elin Elisabeth Blennberger on January 9th, 1987 in Stockholm.

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    Diego Eli

    Diego Eli is a soccer player for the Eastern Sports Club, Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul, Esporte Clube Pelotas, Londrina Esporte Clube, Esporte Clube Avenida, Goiatuba Esporte Clube, Clube Esportivo Bento Gonçalves, Juventus Atlético Clube, and Tuen Mun SA. Diego was born on September 4th, 1988 in Santo Antônio da Platina. Diego is also known as Diego Eli.

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    Bobby Eli

    Bobby Eli is an influential person. Bobby was born on March 2nd, 1946.

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    Billy Eli

    Billy Eli is an important somebody. Billy was born in 1962.

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    Ayers Eli

    Ayers Eli was a notable person. Ayers was born on May 9th, 1778. He died on April 25th, 1822.

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    What does the name Eli mean?

    Eis for extra, those little things you do!

    Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

    Iis for impress, for impress you will.

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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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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