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Elijah Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Elijah?

The uber popular name Elijah was the 7th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 10 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #7 for the first time this year.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 2011 with 13,967 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Elijah was 54 in 1894.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Elijah occurred roughly during the years 1902-1905, 1906-1915, 1944-1947, 1971-1979, and 1985-2010, whereas 1953-1956 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Elijah popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a very high point.

Elijah's popularity has steadily increased for some time. however, the number of children named Elijah lately has remained about the same.

The name Elijah is a huge favorite and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Elijah (Girl)Elijah (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 33 4,237 12,886 7
2017 27 4,950 13,344 8
2016 27 5,026 13,902 9
2015 27 5,014 13,651 11
2014 34 4,286 13,832 11
2013 33 4,350 13,795 11
2012 28 4,995 13,874 13
2011 33 4,385 13,967 13
2010 48 3,370 13,900 18
2009 37 4,124 12,828 21
2008 44 3,662 13,228 22
2007 40 3,935 12,409 30
2006 38 3,946 12,045 29
2005 39 3,750 11,606 31
2004 77 2,265 11,709 31
2003 46 3,198 10,661 37
2002 39 3,474 10,050 41
2001 42 3,264 8,338 45
2000 25 4,697 7,470 52
1999 36 3,457 6,596 60
1998 50 2,702 5,662 66
1997 32 3,568 5,087 74
1996 36 3,248 4,815 81
1995 35 3,238 3,978 93
1994 22 4,569 2,620 133
1993 13 6,743 1,880 170
1992 21 4,731 1,519 203
1991 16 5,740 1,345 221
1990 11 7,461 1,139 243
1989 13 6,266 991 257
1988 8 8,616 884 266
1987 9 7,540 747 287
1986 11 6,285 718 289
1985 8 7,776 681 299
1984 5 10,878 628 311
1983 10 6,355 670 296
1982 9 7,041 739 280
1981 7 8,367 750 277
1980 5 10,839 754 279
1979 7 8,278 697 290
1978 6 8,846 547 322
1977 5 10,062 503 350
1976 9 6,193 301 452
1975 < 5 -- 263 491
1974 < 5 -- 288 472
1973 < 5 -- 213 537
1972 < 5 -- 210 551
1971 < 5 -- 195 592
1970 < 5 -- 184 597
1969 < 5 -- 144 658
1968 < 5 -- 122 680
1967 < 5 -- 134 645
1966 < 5 -- 140 625
1965 < 5 -- 122 672
1964 < 5 -- 160 618
1963 < 5 -- 151 638
1962 < 5 -- 178 584
1961 < 5 -- 194 563
1960 < 5 -- 180 579
1959 < 5 -- 185 575
1958 < 5 -- 207 535
1957 < 5 -- 220 517
1956 < 5 -- 197 532
1955 < 5 -- 235 478
1954 5 5,977 254 452
1953 < 5 -- 248 455
1952 < 5 -- 263 431
1951 < 5 -- 223 453
1950 < 5 -- 282 403
1949 < 5 -- 268 413
1948 5 5,474 243 427
1947 < 5 -- 296 399
1946 < 5 -- 222 426
1945 < 5 -- 236 388
1944 < 5 -- 228 399
1943 < 5 -- 220 418
1942 < 5 -- 245 387
1941 < 5 -- 238 376
1940 < 5 -- 201 405
1939 < 5 -- 237 371
1938 < 5 -- 195 406
1937 6 3,928 211 381
1936 < 5 -- 220 366
1935 < 5 -- 210 374
1934 < 5 -- 208 379
1933 < 5 -- 197 387
1932 < 5 -- 232 365
1931 < 5 -- 198 400
1930 < 5 -- 226 378
1929 5 4,777 243 368
1928 < 5 -- 255 364
1927 < 5 -- 290 336
1926 7 3,987 276 348
1925 < 5 -- 283 348
1924 < 5 -- 261 376
1923 < 5 -- 302 335
1922 < 5 -- 311 327
1921 < 5 -- 257 378
1920 < 5 -- 277 356
1919 < 5 -- 295 327
1918 < 5 -- 264 358
1917 < 5 -- 256 348
1916 < 5 -- 232 353
1915 < 5 -- 243 340
1914 < 5 -- 187 340
1913 < 5 -- 149 335
1912 < 5 -- 142 303
1911 < 5 -- 94 269
1910 < 5 -- 101 234
1909 < 5 -- 90 231
1908 < 5 -- 64 266
1907 < 5 -- 76 234
1906 < 5 -- 65 243
1905 < 5 -- 81 212
1904 < 5 -- 60 243
1903 < 5 -- 58 240
1902 < 5 -- 66 221
1901 < 5 -- 79 184
1900 < 5 -- 86 211
1899 < 5 -- 64 205
1898 < 5 -- 76 197
1897 < 5 -- 65 209
1896 < 5 -- 87 186
1895 < 5 -- 75 194
1894 < 5 -- 54 235
1893 < 5 -- 77 189
1892 < 5 -- 85 184
1891 < 5 -- 57 210
1890 < 5 -- 64 204
1889 < 5 -- 61 209
1888 < 5 -- 88 171
1887 < 5 -- 75 169
1886 < 5 -- 93 152
1885 < 5 -- 82 163
1884 < 5 -- 85 164
1883 < 5 -- 92 135
1882 < 5 -- 111 126
1881 < 5 -- 69 172
1880 < 5 -- 100 135

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.