Given Name ELI (1)

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: עֵלִי (Hebrew), Ηλι (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: EE-lie (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.

Eli has been used as an English Christian given name since the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer was the American inventor of the cotton gin Eli Whitney (1765-1825).
VARIANT: Ely (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Heli (Biblical Latin)
SAME SPELLING: Eli (2), Eli (3)
USER SUBMISSIONS: Êli, Eli
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Canada (BC)
2015
  England and Wales
2015
  France
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2015
  Netherlands
2016
  New Zealand
2015
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Norway
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2015