Elijah is a masculine name of Hebrew origin.
From the Hebrew אֱלִיָּהוּ (pron. Eliyyahu), meaning “my God is Yahweh” or Yahweh is God”.
According to the Old Testament, Elijah was a prophet who performed many miracles. He is portrayed rising to heaven on a chariot of fire.
According to the Quran, Elijah is also a prophet and God’s messenger.
Due to the prominent role of the prophet in several holy books and medieval stories, the name, usually in the Greek or Latin forms of Ilias and Elias, became widely used in many languages.
Other forms of the name are Ilias, Elias, Elian, Elliot, Eli, Elio, Eliya, Ilya.
Feminine forms are Iliana, Ilina, Ilinka, Eliana, Illya.
It was a neglected given name until the late 1970s when it started to climb places.
Elijah is ranked #8 in the U.S.A., #18 in New Zealand, #21 in Australia, #40 in Canada.
Famous bearers are Elijah Wood, Elijah Kelley, Elijah Stevenson, Elijah Blue Allman, Elijah Muhammad, Elijah Taylor, Elijah Bryant, Elijah King, Elijah Marcano.