First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Elihu

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Alt. Meaning

E is for enchant, for enchant you will.

L is for love, everlasting.

I is for impress, for impress you will.

H is for handy, the helpful you.

U is for unbreakable, your spirit is strong.

Notable Persons Named Elihu

Notable Persons Named Elihu

Elihu Root

Elihu Root was an office holder. Elihu was born on February 15th, 1845 in Clinton, Oneida County, New York. He breathed his last breath on February 7th, 1937.

Elihu Yale

Elihu Yale was a President of Fort St George. His career lasted from 1684 to 1685. Elihu was born on April 5th, 1649 in Boston. He breathed his last breath on July 8th, 1721.

Elihu Thomson

Elihu Thomson was a scientist in the field of electrical engineering. Elihu was born on March 29th, 1853 in Manchester. He died on March 13th, 1937.

Elihu B. Washburne

Elihu B. Washburne was an office holder. Elihu was born on September 23rd, 1816 in Livermore, Maine. He died on October 23rd, 1887.

Elihu Vedder

Elihu Vedder was an artist in the fields of drawing, oil painting, and mural. Elihu was born on February 26th, 1836 in New York City. He left this life on January 29th, 1923.

Elihu Harris

Elihu was born on August 15th, 1947.

  • Elihu Emory Jackson
    Governor of Maryland
  • Elihu Harlam Mason
  • Elihu Doty
  • Elihu Stephen Williams
    Office Holder
  • Elihu Burritt Hayes
    Member of the
  • Elihu Ball Bay
    Associate Justice of South Carolina
  • Elihu James Davis
    Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for York North
  • Elihu W. N. Starr

Fun Facts about the name Elihu

  • How Popular is the name Elihu? Elihu is the 9,988th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Elihu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,140 babies born with the first name Elihu in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elihu to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elihu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Elihu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elihu is Sunday, October 15th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Elihu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elihu was in 1928 with a total of 26 babies.
  • Random Elihu Factoid: According to the 1950 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elihu is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1950.
  • Weird things about the name Elihu: The name spelled backwards is Uhile. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Liehu. How do you pronounce that?
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