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Quick Facts on Elijah

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 11
Simple meaning:
Yahweh is God

Characteristics of Elijah

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elijah

Elijah comes from the Bible; specifically he appears in the first and second Book of Kings. He was an important Israelite prophet in the 9th century B.C. whose purpose was to call Israelites back to the worship of one God (Yahweh) and away from the pagan cults which were gaining popularity at the time. Elijah was called upon by God himself. Fittingly, the name Elijah comes from the Hebrew meaning “Yahweh is God” or “Jehovah is Lord.” He is thought to have played an important role in maintaining the Jewish religion by recognizing just one God. In 2 Kings 2:11, Elijah is taken up to the heavens by a chariot of fire and seen no more. According to Jewish tradition, Elijah is still roaming the earth and will appear when it comes time to announce the Messiah. In Christian tradition, this is probably why they so closely associate John the Baptist (who announced the arrival of Jesus) with Elijah.

Popularity of the Name Elijah

The name Elijah has never left the U.S. popularity charts as a favorite given name for boys in the past 120 years; although the name has mainly experienced moderate to low popularity levels relative to other boy's names. This all changed in the mid-1990’s, however, when Elijah jumped up onto the Top 100 list of most used baby boy names, and, in the past 10 years, it’s averaged quite high in terms of popularity. The name was essentially brought to America in the 1600’s by Puritan settlers in New England. Elijah also gained prominence in the African-American community in the 1960’s and 70’s among Black Muslims. Today, the name is popular across all groups in the United States as the 13th most common boy's name in 2012. Somehow the name feels darling for a little boy and dignified for an adult. And there’s definitely a “coolness” factor to it, too!
Popularity of the Boy Name Elijah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elijah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elijah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elijah

    Elijah We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Elijah.

  • Popular Songs on Elijah

    Popular Songs on Elijah

    Elijah - a song by Rich Mullens

    Elijah Rock - a song by Harry Connick, Jr.

    Elijah's Song - a song by Neil Diamond

    Happy Birthday Elijah - a song by The Birthday Bunch

    Poor Elijah - a song by The Black Crowes

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elijah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elijah

    All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine (Monica Kulling) - Monica Kulling presents the life of an extraordinary man. There were few opportunities for the son of slaves, but Elijah McCoy's dreams led him to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. He learned everything there was to know about engines - how to design them and how to build them. But when he returned to the United States to look for work at the Michigan Central Railroad, the only job Elijah could get was shoveling coal into a train's firebox. Undaunted, he went on to invent a means of oiling the engine while the train was running, changing the face of travel around the world. With playful text and lively illustrations, All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine may be the first biography a child discovers, and it will whet the appetite for many more. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Dear Elijah (Miriam Bat-Ami) - Rebecca's father is sick following a heart attack and in the hospital this Passover. This young girl decides to write a letter to the prophet Elijah, who visits Jewish homes during Passover. She shares her fears about her father's health, her struggles, and the family's preparations for the Passover holiday. An interesting look into the Jewish life of a young girl. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Elijah and King Ahab (Crystal Bowman) - Christian parents especially appreciate books for their young readers that help them understand more about God. Reading the Bible can be a very overwhelming challenge for young readers. Therefore, Bible stories written in a learn-to-read format are a welcomed product. When interesting stories from the Bible are written with on-level vocabulary, the child gains knowledge of Scripture and biblical truths while developing his or her reading skills. The result is a meaningful and positive reading experience for the child. Possible titles include: Old Testament: The Life of Samuel and Elijah and Ahab at Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18), New Testament: Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14) and Saul's Conversion (Acts 9). Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elijah Helps a Widow (Arch Books) - This book retells the story of Elijah, how he was fed by the ravens and how he assisted a widow with Gods help (1 Kings 17:1-16). The Arch(R) Book series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Elijah of Buxton (Christopher Paul Curtis) - Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback! Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief--and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Elijah the Superhero (Beth Arnold) - Have you ever met a superhero? Whether Elijah is feeding a homeless man or learning to recycle, he is making the world a better place. Join Elijah on his adventures to learn that random acts of kindness can turn anybody into a superhero. This children's picture book is perfect for kids ages 3-7. This book helps instill values of being a good person and always doing the right thing.

    Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas (Michael J. Rosen) - Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’t know what to do. How can he possibly take home a Christmas angel, a forbidden graven image--especially on Chanukah? “A strikingly illustrated story that tenderly bridges the boundaries of age, race, and religion.”--American Bookseller. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gentleman Outlaw and Me (Mary Downing Hahn) - With her faithful dog Caesar, 12-year-old Eliza Yates heads for Colorado to find her father, who left years ago to seek his fortune. Along the way, Eliza puts on a boy's clothes, chops off her braids, and transforms herself into Elijah Bates. When "Eli" teams up with young Calvin Featherbone, none of their adventures turns out quite as expected. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Elijah

    Famous People Named Elijah

    Famous People Named Elijah - Elijah Muhammad (leader of the Nation of Islam 1934-1975), Elijah Wood (actor); Elijah Teter (Olympic snowboarder)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elijah

    Children of Famous People Named Elijah

    Famous People who Named their Son Elijah - Bono (musician); Cher (musician); Donnie Wahlberg (actor); Gregg Allman (musician); James Spader (actor); Tiffany (singer); Tracy Nelson (actress); Wynonna Judd (musician)

Personality of the Boy Name Elijah

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Elijah

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