Eli Name Meaning & Origin
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Derived from the Hebrew elīsheba' (God is my oath). The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist.
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In Norway, "Eli" is a common nickname for "Elisabeth" or "Elisabet", reaching number sixty-six on the list of most popular first names.
In North America, Eli is infrequently used as a creative (and phonetically incorrect) version of the girl's name Ellie (as a nickname for Eleanor or on it's own).
This name is best avoided for girls in North America, because the accepted pronounciation of Eli is "EE-lie," and it's becoming increaslingly common for males.
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"Promised by God". It is also thought to possibly be a variant of "Helena", which would then give it the meaning "torch".
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Eli Arnstad, Norwegian civil servant and politician
Eli Fischer-Jørgensen, Danish professor and member of resistance movement
Eli Kristiansen, Norwegian politician
Eli Skolmen Ryg, Norwegian television producer
Eli Sollied Øveraas, Norwegian politician
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