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Elijah

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 100 0 100
1881 69 0 69
1882 111 0 111
1883 92 0 92
1884 85 0 85
1885 82 0 82
1886 93 0 93
1887 75 0 75
1888 88 0 88
1889 61 0 61
1890 64 0 64
1891 57 0 57
1892 85 0 85
1893 77 0 77
1894 54 0 54
1895 75 0 75
1896 87 0 87
1897 65 0 65
1898 76 0 76
1899 64 0 64
1900 86 0 86
1901 79 0 79
1902 66 0 66
1903 58 0 58
1904 60 0 60
1905 81 0 81
1906 65 0 65
1907 76 0 76
1908 64 0 64
1909 90 0 90
1910 101 0 101
1911 94 0 94
1912 142 0 142
1913 149 0 149
1914 187 0 187
1915 243 0 243
1916 232 0 232
1917 256 0 256
1918 264 0 264
1919 295 0 295
1920 277 0 277
1921 257 0 257
1922 311 0 311
1923 302 0 302
1924 261 0 261
1925 283 0 283
1926 283 7 276
1927 290 0 290
1928 255 0 255
1929 249 5 244
1930 225 0 225
1931 197 0 197
1932 234 0 234
1933 194 0 194
1934 209 0 209
1935 211 0 211
1936 220 0 220
1937 217 6 211
1938 195 0 195
1939 237 0 237
1940 201 0 201
1941 238 0 238
1942 245 0 245
1943 220 0 220
1944 228 0 228
1945 236 0 236
1946 222 0 222
1947 296 0 296
1948 248 5 243
1949 268 0 268
1950 282 0 282
1951 222 0 222
1952 263 0 263
1953 248 0 248
1954 254 0 254
1955 235 0 235
1956 195 0 195
1957 222 0 222
1958 206 0 206
1959 185 0 185
1960 181 0 181
1961 193 0 193
1962 178 0 178
1963 152 0 152
1964 160 0 160
1965 123 0 123
1966 140 0 140
1967 135 0 135
1968 122 0 122
1969 144 0 144
1970 184 0 184
1971 195 0 195
1972 210 0 210
1973 213 0 213
1974 287 0 287
1975 263 0 263
1976 310 9 301
1977 508 5 503
1978 553 6 547
1979 704 7 697
1980 759 5 754
1981 757 7 750
1982 747 9 738
1983 680 10 670
1984 633 5 628
1985 689 8 681
1986 729 11 718
1987 756 9 747
1988 892 8 884
1989 1,004 13 991
1990 1,147 11 1,136
1991 1,362 16 1,346
1992 1,539 21 1,518
1993 1,893 13 1,880
1994 2,642 22 2,620
1995 4,013 35 3,978 #93 boy name
1996 4,850 36 4,814 #81 boy name
1997 5,117 32 5,085 #74 boy name
1998 5,711 50 5,661 #66 boy name
1999 6,630 36 6,594 #60 boy name
2000 7,489 25 7,464 #52 boy name
2001 8,376 42 8,334 #45 boy name
2002 10,089 39 10,050 #41 boy name
2003 10,704 46 10,658 #37 boy name
2004 11,778 77 11,701 #31 boy name
2005 11,643 39 11,604 #31 boy name
2006 12,076 38 12,038 #29 boy name
2007 12,438 40 12,398 #30 boy name
2008 13,261 44 13,217 #22 boy name
2009 12,845 37 12,808 #21 boy name
2010 13,923 48 13,875 #18 boy name
2011 13,975 33 13,942 #13 boy name
2012 13,861 28 13,833 #13 boy name
2013 13,776 33 13,743 #11 boy name
2014 13,797 34 13,763 #11 boy name
2015 13,537 26 13,511 #11 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Elijah

  • How many people with the first name Elijah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254,942 babies born with the first name Elijah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elijah to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elijah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 100 new born babies.
  • When was Elijah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elijah is Sunday, October 9th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Elijah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elijah was in 2011 with a total of 13,942 babies. That's a lot of babies named Elijah!
  • Random Elijah Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elijah ranks 26th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 33 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Elijah: Your name in reverse order is Hajile. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehjlia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elijah? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,094 people with the last name Elijah.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elijah? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Elijah as their last name since less than 1 person in 270k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

Where is the name Elijah popular?

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Popularity of Elijah as a first name

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Popularity of Elijah as a last name

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Common last names for Elijah

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  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Robinson
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • White
  • Walker
  • Green
  • Wilson
  • Lewis
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • Anderson

Common first names for Elijah

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elijah U.S.
  White 35.28% 64.26%
  African American 51.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elijah

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Elijah

The name "Elijah" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "The Lord is My God". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament who opposed the worship of idols; he was persecuted for rebuking Ahab and Jezebel (king and queen of Israel); he was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (circa 9th century BC)
Wiktionary

From Hebrew אליהו (Eliyahu, “My God is Yahweh”). Confer with Joel.

  1. (religion) An Israelite prophet in the Abrahamic religions
  2. A male given name.

Notable Persons With the Name Elijah

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood is an actor and film producer. He has been prominent since 1988. Elijah was given the name Elijah Jordan Wood on January 28th, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Elijah Muhammad

Elijah Muhammad was a leader of the nation of islam and nation of islam. Elijah was given the name Elijah Robert Poole on October 7th, 1897 in Sandersville, Georgia, U.S. He left this life on February 25th, 1975.

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Elijah

Elijah is a saint. He holds the title Prophet.

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Elijah Blue Allman

Elijah Blue Allman is a rock music, industrial metal, and nu metal singing and guitarist. He plays Guitar. He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Elijah was born on July 10th, 1976. Elijah is also known as P. Exeter Blue.

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Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings is an office holder. Elijah was born on January 18th, 1951 in Baltimore.

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Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy was an engineer, inventor, initially employed as a railroad fireman, oiler, invention, and oiler (occupation). Elijah was given the name Elijah J. McCoy on May 2nd, 1844 in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. He died on October 10th, 1929.

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  • Elijah Kelley
    (actor)
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy
    (notable person)
  • Scoop DeVille
    (record producer)
  • Elijah Blake
    (musician)
  • Elijah Clarke
    (military officer)
  • Elijah Johnson
    (basketball player)
  • Elijah Taylor
    (leading person)
  • Elijah Wald
    (musician)
  • Elijah Dukes
    (athlete)
  • Elijah Benamozegh
    (noteworthy person)
  • Elijah E. Myers
    (architect)
  • Dark Cloud
    (actor)
  • Elijah Hunt Mills
    (senator)
  • Elijah Elliott
    (noteworthy somebody)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Elijah

Elijah

Elijah is a saint. He holds the title Prophet.

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Perez Ben Elijah

Perez Ben Elijah was a notable person. He died in 1295.

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Aaron ben Elijah

Aaron ben Elijah was a leading somebody. Aaron was born in 1328 in Nicomedia. He passed away in 1369.

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Samuel Elijah

Samuel Elijah is a soccer player for the Nigeria national under-20 football team and Nigeria national football team. Samuel was born on November 14th, 1969 in Bauchi State.

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What does the name Elijah mean?

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

Iis for impartial, a great arbiter

Jis for jolly, the fun side!

Ais for adorable, how precious

His for hardy, can't keep you down!

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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). 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.

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