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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Eli

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Eli in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Eli:

  • Records indicate that 78,054 boys in the United States have been named Eli since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 7,998 people in the U.S. were given the name Eli. Those people are now 8 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Eli

    88% Approval Rating
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      7 Positive Comments

  • "i love the name eli it is my sons middle name i wish it was his first but it was dads decision.... his name is Braden Eli" Dec. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOVE IT!!! My 11-year old son is Eli-- there are few Elijahs in his school, but no other Elis" Feb. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eli will be the name of our baby on the way if we have a boy. I love this name, and while it's gaining in popularity, it's not overly common where I live in Texas. I am so very fond of the name." Feb. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eli is one of the most adoreable boys names ever!I think Eli Christopher sounds good together." Dec. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i dont know anyone with the name eli but i love the name!! if i ever have a son i will definately name him eli" Oct. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is eli! not elle or ellie or elly! Im in 5th grad every new teacher says "is elle here"! so just say e-lie" Apr. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Eli -- his dad picked it. I didn't love it at first, but now I do -- mainly because it is a classic but not so popular that every other kid has the name. And a few mispronounce it as Elly instead of Ee-lye." Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My 2nd cousin is an Eli and he seems to bring shame to the name." May. 17, 2017: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "My son's name is Eli Christopher. His sister is Lily and it wasn't until after we named her Lily that we discovered a huge pharmasudical company's name was EliLily. Oh Well." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My third sons name is Eli, we choose the name because it was different but not too unusual and not widely used. It seems to be becoming more popular since 2002, we love the name." Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is to be the name of my second grandson due on August 28. Everyone thinks his name is to be Elijah and just called Eli but that is not how it is going to be." Jul. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Eli. Most people pronounce it correctly, except the woman who calls his name over the loudspeaker at the doctor's office as Elly." Jun. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a cousin that just had a little boy and named him "Eli" but is spelling it "Ely". Is this common?" Jun. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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