Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Elliott

Elliott is the transferred use of an English surname originating from a Norman French masculine personal name, a medieval diminutive of Elie which was the old French name for Elias. Elias, in turn, was the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew Elijah (Elias was more commonly used throughout Europe in the Middle Ages). Elijah comes from the Bible; specifically he appears in the first and second Book of Kings. He was an important Israelite prophet in the 9th century B.C. whose purpose was to call Israelites back to the worship of one God (Yahweh) and away from the pagan cults which were gaining popularity at the time. Elijah was called upon by God himself. Fittingly, the name Elijah comes from the Hebrew meaning “Yahweh is God” or “Jehovah is Lord.” He is thought to have played an important role in maintaining the Jewish religion by recognizing just one God. In 2 Kings 2:11, Elijah is taken up to the heavens by a chariot of fire and seen no more. According to Jewish tradition, Elijah is still roaming the earth and will appear when it comes time to announce the Messiah. In Christian tradition, this is probably why they so closely associate John the Baptist (who announced the arrival of Jesus) with Elijah.

All About the Baby Name – Elliott

Personality

OF THE UNISEX NAME ELLIOTT

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE UNISEX NAME ELLIOTT

The name Elliott has maintained fairly consistent and reasonably moderate use in the United States for well over a century. Since the turn of the 21st century, this name has been on the upswing and slowly gaining momentum. In fact, Elliot (with one “t”) is only a few spots above him on the male naming charts. The name got a little boost in the early 1980s after the release of Steven Spielberg’s wildly successful movie “E.T.” (1982) wherein the main hero is a darling little boy named Elliott. As we enter this new century, it looks like Elliott is coming back into favor, although we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out in the coming years. It’s interesting to see that the more exotic Elijah is experiencing ϋber-popularity right now (even Elias does much better than Elliott on the charts). There’s a resurgence of these more offbeat or lesser known Biblical names right now. Elliott doesn’t quite fit the current trends. But while Elijah and Elias are becoming overused, it makes room for Elliott to be the more original choice. We think this is a cute name, but also one that ages well into adulthood. The pet form Eli is also a pretty popular name in its own right.

Quick Facts

ON ELLIOTT

GENDER:

Unisex

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

EL-ee-ət

SIMPLE MEANING:

Yahweh is God

Characteristics

OF ELLIOTT

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Elliott

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ELLIOTT

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Elliott

Popular Songs

ON ELLIOTT

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Elliott


Famous People

NAMED ELLIOTT

Elliott Sadler (racecar driver)
Elliott Smith (musician)
Elliott Yamin (singer from American Idol)
Elliott Abrams (government)
Elliott Baker (novelist)
Elliott Carter (composer)
Elliott Gould (actor)
Elliott Maddox (baseball player)
Elliott Murphy (musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ELLIOTT

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Elliott

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ELLIOTT

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Elliott