The name Elijah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is God". Elijah is ranked #8 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".
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Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. The name is rising in popularity and is near the top of the charts, and if it heats up any more, it could challenge Noah for the Number 1 spot.
After long neglect, Elijah was suddenly rejuvenated when Cher and Greg Allman bestowed it on their son Elijah Blue in 1976, and got another shot of youth serum via young actor Elijah Wood.
Among other celebrities who have chosen Elijah for their boys are Donnie Wahlberg, James Spader, Tracy Nelson, Wynonna Judd and Bono (who followed it with middle names Bob Patricus Guggi G.).
Elijah figures in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. There are numerous songs containing the name, and Elijah also figures in many books--including Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit-- and in films.
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