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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Elijah

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

A few facts about the boy's name Elijah:

  • Records indicate that 211,392 boys in the United States have been named Elijah since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 13,817 people in the U.S. were given the name Elijah. Those people are now 9 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.


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      17 Positive Comments

  • "I do meet people with whom we share the same name and i feel great ....So awesome" Apr. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Elijah. It has a very appealing sound. When I named my son Elijah it was not common and does sound ethnic. We call him Eli." Apr. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Elijah my crushes name is elijah!!" May. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I rarly ever meet Elijahhs. My mother named me Elijah Solomon, and when I tell people that, they know that I'm destined for great things." Jan. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Elijah. I am 2 months pregnant and I already plan on calling my son (if it's a boy) Elijah. It sounds so strong and always wanted my son to have a biblical name. I discovered that it was a male counterpart to my name (Alecia). So I am sold!!! My boyfriend informed me that he always loved that name for a boy and now there is no stress in the baby-naming-battle!" Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our son Elijah. Everybody thought it was really "different" at first but I told them it's the 30th most popular baby name in the US for 2007. Some people love Elijah and some love just Eli. Either way I love the name!" Nov. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Elijah and call him Eli. We love it (obviously). Funny story. My mother-in-law is a very devout Catholic. When we told her we wanted to name our son Elijah, she wrinkled her face and said "is that Muslim?" :) Of course after refamiliarizing herself with the story she came around a bit, but I suspect she still doesn't like it because it doesn't sound "Christian" enough :/" Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think it's a beautiful name. the man i love is named elijah... sigh..." Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name is precious it means a servant of the lord" Oct. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name is Elijah James. I love the name and him!" Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We called our first born son Elijah as we wanted a biblical name but slighlty more unusual than John, Andrew or Mark" May. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, but my friend just named her son Elijah, so now I feel like the name is taken." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great taste to give this name. Strong and meaningful. Thumb way up!" Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It has a soft, unique sound... I like it and would consider it for a child. The only thing I dislike is the nickname Eli." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Elijah and I am a girl. The most common thing that I hear is " You know Elijah is a boy's name," or "Who named You?"" Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband says it is a bit 'religious' with too many biblical connotations, but I like it." Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE NAME ELIJAH!! I HAD NO IDEA HOW POPULAR IT WAS!!!" Dec. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "Im Swdish living in Sweden. My husband named our son Elijah and from the beginning I thought it was hard for me to pronounce it but now it just floats through my lips. I also call him Lijag and Eli. Here in Sweden its a really unusual name." Mar. 4, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Have loved this name since I was little and Elijah Wood was in his first movie. Now I'm having a son and am afraid it's just too religious sounding and I'm really not. I just don't want to keep having conversations about religion when really I'm probably atheist. Bummer, it's a beautiful name." Oct. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a girl named elijah! I hate when people call it a boys name, even tho it is one" Sep. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. The only issue is all of the religious connotations and some people assume that we are very religious (we're not)," Sep. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Elijah. He was born in 1997 when it wasnt so popular. Then many thought it was way different now its very common. We usually call him Lijah and skip the E. I call him Eli though it hasnt stuck and no one else calls him that. I love the name Elijah but also love the nick name Eli for short. Great name choice." Aug. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Elijah and oddley enough some people ask if it is a boy or a girl after hearing his name. I love the name..I think it is unique and a strong biblical name." Jan. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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