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This is an invented/fake name completely associated with the 2000 scandal in Florida, US.
― Anonymous User
My name is Elian, I am a woman of 40 years from Holland. My Grand Mother's name was Elisabeth and my other Grand Mother was Johanna. My name is a combination of the two names, Eli-An. This satisfied both families for the new born Princess. Pain in the Ass that she is today!
I have a son called Elian. I did some searching and found that the name originates from the name Elah which is Hebrew. Its meaning is "the oak tree".
This gave rise to the Cornish surname Trevelyan, Elian's farm. Elian is a unisex Welsh name. St. Elian or Eilian has a sacred well consecrated to him (ffynnon eilian) where it could be from eilio meaning a moment in time, it could also be related to the Celtic root word meaning sun, it is also a Cornish and a Breton name.
A derivative of the Julian, this name was born by several early Christian saints, most notably St. Elian of Homs (also venerated in the West as St. Julian of Homs), a physician who refused to accept payment for his services.
I have found another explanation for the origin of Elian (without the accent on the 'a'): it can ultimately have been derived from the Roman cognomen Aelianus.
The English form of Aelianus is usually Aelian and it's not inconceivable to think that (in some cases) the Ae- was swapped for an E-, making it Elian instead. This is what has often happened (also in my country) to names starting with Ae-: Aegidius became Egidius, Aemilius became Emilius, and so on.
Apart from that, Elian is the actual Polish and Ukrainian form of Aelianus. Compare also:
- Elijan = Croatian and Serbian form of Aelianus
- Élien = French form of Aelianus
- Eliano - Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Aelianus
So that's more evidence that there is more to Elian's origins than just Elián Gonzalez. :P.
Given Name ELIAN
PRONOUNCED: EL-ee-ən, EL-yən, el-EE-ən
CONTRIBUTOR: enchy on 7/1/2011
Meaning & History
English form of Elián.
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