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Quick Facts on Elliott

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 244
Simple meaning:
Yahweh is God

Characteristics of Elliott

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elliott

Elliott is the transferred use of an English surname originating from a Norman French masculine personal name, a medieval diminutive of Elie which was the old French name for Elias. Elias, in turn, was the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew Elijah (Elias was more commonly used throughout Europe in the Middle Ages). 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 Elliott

The name Elliott has maintained fairly consistent and reasonably moderate use in the United States for well over a century. Since the turn of the 21st century, this name has been on the upswing and slowly gaining momentum. In fact, Elliot (with one “t”) is only a few spots above him on the male naming charts. The name got a little boost in the early 1980s after the release of Steven Spielberg’s wildly successful movie “E.T.” (1982) wherein the main hero is a darling little boy named Elliott. As we enter this new century, it looks like Elliott is coming back into favor, although we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out in the coming years. It’s interesting to see that the more exotic Elijah is experiencing ϋber-popularity right now (even Elias does much better than Elliott on the charts). There’s a resurgence of these more offbeat or lesser known Biblical names right now. Elliott doesn’t quite fit the current trends. But while Elijah and Elias are becoming overused, it makes room for Elliott to be the more original choice. We think this is a cute name, but also one that ages well into adulthood. The pet form Eli is also a pretty popular name in its own right.
Popularity of the Boy Name Elliott
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elliott

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elliott

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elliott

    Elliott We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Elliott.

  • Popular Songs on Elliott

    Popular Songs on Elliott

    Elliott - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Elliott.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elliott

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elliott

    Elliott (Tobin Sprout) - Tobin Sprout's powerful and imaginative artwork tell an entertaining and unique tale of a magical rabbit who must take a leap from the safety of his magic hat to make a new life for himself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elliott Harker and the Stones of Sirvelius (Martyn Housley-Smith) - When Elliott Harker accidentally discovers the secret to his new history teachers amazing collection of artifacts, he is thrown back in time to 1945, where he meets Violet, the twin he never knew he had. When they both return to his own time they are met by his teacher, Professor Speck, who reveals himself as a Magi from the court of Sirvelius in a world parallel to their own called Merania. He tells them he has been searching for them for many years and that they are destined to pay a part in an ancient prophecy to retrieve four magical stones hidden in their own world's history. With the appearance in the school grounds of a hooded figure intent on stopping them, they are thrown into a race against time that sees them playing football for their lives in Peru at the time of the Aztecs, narrowly escaping the Minotaur in Minoan Crete, rescuing a native American girl from corrupt prospectors in the Wild West and finally battling it out with their malevolent pursuer aboard the RMS Titanic just hours before it sinks. Will Merania fall or will they fulfill their fate? Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Elliott

    Famous People Named Elliott

    Famous People Named Elliott - Elliott Sadler (racecar driver); Elliott Smith (musician); Elliott Yamin (singer from American Idol); Elliott Abrams (government); Elliott Baker (novelist); Elliott Carter (composer); Elliott Gould (actor); Elliott Maddox (baseball player); Elliott Murphy (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elliott

    Children of Famous People Named Elliott

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Elliott - Sally Field (actress); Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S. President); Robert Frost (poet)

  • Historic Figures

    Elliott - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Elliott - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Elliott.

Personality of the Boy Name Elliott

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Elliott

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