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Eli Meaning


What does Eli mean?

The name Eli is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Eli is "uplifted, ascended".

It is also of Basque and English origin, where its meaning is "ascend".

Eli is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 3 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced El-lee.

The Given Name Eli

Eli derives from the Hebrew word ayel meaning "height".

Although an independent name, it is often also used as a nickname for names that begin with the element el meaning "G-d", such as Eliezer and Elijah.

Eli was a popular name with 17th century Puritans and is still very popular amongst the Amish.

In the Bible, Eli is the High Priest of Shiloh, and the Judge of Israel. Not being able to rein in the sinful beavior of his priestly sons, Hophni and Phinehas, they are eventually killed while accompanying the Ark of the Covenant into battle against the Philistines.

Eli falls into the biblical name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Eli Manning, and Eli Wallach.

Eli Popularity

In the U.S. in 2015, it ranked 53 in baby name popularity for boys with 7,087 occurrences. It ranked 4,994 in baby name popularity for girls with 27 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 49 in baby name popularity for boys with 7,469 occurrences. It ranked 5,824 in baby name popularity for girls with 22 occurrences.

View the Eli Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Eli has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Eli to other names.

Eli Related Names

The name Heli is a form of Eli.

Famous Elis

  • Eli ~ Biblical Character (1 Sam. 1:3)
  • Eli Manning ~ Football Player
  • Eli Wallach ~ Actor

Eli Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Eli.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Eli Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Eli in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Eli.

Just for fun, see the name Eli in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Eli in Nautical Flags page.