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Surely, Eli & Ely are also abbreviations of Elias/Eliah/Elijah, so they must have more meaning than "ascension" - what about the fiery prophet?
-- names2005  10/4/2005
Surely, they may simply have the same root.
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2006
Eli Whitney is a famous bearer of this name. He was the inventor of the cotton gin.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2006
In French it can be spelled Éli, with an accent, and the English pronunciation is ay-lee.
-- indigopearl  7/31/2006
The name Eli is often used as a nickname for Elisa in Germany. It is pronounced el-i.
-- Anonymous User  8/2/2006
I think Eli is an awesome name also. He's Peyton Manning's brother. Eli plays on the New York Giants, and he's also not that bad. I think this name rocks!
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
On Veronica Mars, Veronica has a friend named Eli.
-- mymymetrocard  11/15/2006
I like the name Eli, I know it's only 3 letters long but if you give it the right middle name it's adorable. I like it pronounced (ee-lie).
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/19/2007
Everyone I know pronounces Eli, Elijah, Elisha with a distinct long E. And then LIE as heard in "Do not LIE to me about your report card, Eli."

Also, I prefer it to be a nickname for Elijah or Elisha rather than a given name, because the Eli in the Bible was an old, fat, lazy man.
-- MC_Hamster  3/17/2007
It can also be short for Elias and Elisabeth / Elizabeth.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2007
This name is meant to be pronounced el-ee, like ellie, and sounds much nicer that way, of course its (mispronounced according to its origins) English version of ee-ligh is fine although it is reminiscent of the farm yard song 'ee aye ee aye o'.
-- Celeno  3/11/2008
Also used in Spanish as a male's name, and is pronounced Eh-lee. (Just like the original Hebrew.)
-- BornOnRoshHashanah  4/19/2008
NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning (born Elisha Manning) is a famous bearer.
-- BornOnRoshHashanah  4/19/2008
Most people I know seem to think Eli is more of an "old man" kinda name, but I know an exceptionally handsome bearer of it. It's very short but sounds strong and purposeful.
-- PointBlank99  11/4/2008
I adore this name! It's strong and masculine and kind of sexy too. It's also my brother's name. I'm definitely going to name my future son this.
-- ibbierose  1/27/2009
Eli Wallach, American actor, best known for the role of Tuco in The God, the Bad, and the Ugly.
-- Patria-Sue  2/3/2009
Eli is the name of the vampire girl in the Swedish book and movie Let the Right One In, published in the United States as Let Me In.
-- MisquotedWarrior  2/15/2009
Eli is the name of the child vampire from Let The Right One In, but it's pronounced differently, since the novel/film's set in Sweden. It's difficult to articulate in type (a bit more like "E-lee", as in, Ely, Minnesota, crossed with "Ah-lee") but is a very pretty name either way. (However, one thing you might note is that Eli, besides being a child vampire, has some pretty traumatic backstory. Neither film nor movie are pervasively well-known yet in the US, but it's something you might want to note.)
-- skazka  5/3/2009
In the 'Wicked' quartet one of the warlocks name is Eli, which is rather conflicting with all the Biblical connections. The whole series was written about the Wiccan beliefs.
-- smw  5/25/2009
Eli is a beautiful name for a guy. I am writing a book and one of the characters' name is Eli.
-- savannaha1207  6/28/2009
Famous bearer is Eli Roth, director of Cabin Fever, Hostel and Hostel Part 2, and is one of the stars of Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.
-- Nava  7/24/2009
Pronounced EH-lee (shortly).
-- MaggieSimpson  6/7/2010
Eli Goldsworthy is one of the newest Degrassi: The Next Generation characters.
-- karategurl96  8/5/2010
This name is so cute, but at the same time good to grow up with. I love it.
-- Chrila96  10/7/2010
In English pronunciation is "EH-lee".
-- Anonymous User  7/5/2011
There was another kid at the summer camp I went to many years ago whose name was Eli. Once, when he said something that another kid didn't believe (whether rightly or wrongly, I don't remember), this other kid said, "They call him Eli because 'e lies!" (You had to be there, I guess.)
-- Kosta  10/27/2011
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "EH-lee" (shortly).
-- Meg_Simpson  1/17/2012
This is my favourite boy's name ;) I love it so much and it just reminds me of a sexy young lad :)
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2012
Eli Marienthal (born 1986 in Santa Monica, California) is an American actor. His brother and sister, Harley and Flora, are also actors.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2012
This is a great name for a boy, and I can understand the popularity unlike so many other names today. It's strong and masculine but would sound cute on a little boy but great on the boy as he ages. I really like this name. This could also be used as a nickname for Elijah, but I think Eli is better on its own.
-- sunshinechild67  11/4/2012
Eli Maiman is a member of the band Walk the Moon.
-- Oohvintage  8/9/2013
Eli in Arabic is: اِيلاي.
-- Ali Hassan  8/16/2014
Works out much better as a short from of Elijah, Elias, or Elliot or something like that.
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2015
Eli James is an American voice actor. He is known for voicing Volkner and Pansage (Cilan's) from 'Pokémon' and Yuma Tsukumo from 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal'.
-- Anonymous User  8/31/2015
I like the name, but I remember knowing this guy in middle school named Eli who often pretended to be "dark" and "deep" by writing horrible poetry and taking everything too seriously. The name sounds nice, but I'll always remember that whiny twelve-year-old when I hear it, despite not wanting to. Otherwise, I don't have an issue with it as a nickname or full name.
-- RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016

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