- Hebrew: Ascended, uplifted, high
There will be a lot of Elis in the next few decades—the name whiich has been around forever (first as a short form of Elijah, then a proper name on it's own), has steadily risen in the name charts to hit the apex of its popularity. Biblically, Eli was an Old Testament figure who was a high priest of Israel and instructed the young Samuel. In modern times, Eli Manning is a likeable Super Bowl-winning quarterback which may account for the name's recent trendiness.
Athlete Eli Manning, Philanthropist Eli Broad, Cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney
Son of Sally Field, Son of Rachel Dratch, Son of Campbell Brown