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Elijah Name Meaning

Welsh Jewish and African American: from the personal name Elijah the usual English transliteration in the King James Bible of the Hebrew name Eliyahu ‘Jehovah is God’ the name of an Old Testament prophet (compare Elias Ellis ). As a Welsh surname this is a comparatively late adoption of the personal name adopted after Old Testament personal names became popular among Nonconformists.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Elias, Elia, Klish, Elstad, Lian, Bligh, Oliva, Yelich, Lia, Elfman

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You can see how Elijah families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elijah family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Elijah families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 17 Elijah families living in Ontario. This was about 89% of all the recorded Elijah's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Elijah families in 1911.
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What did your Elijah ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Elijah. 60% of Elijah men worked as a Labourer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 258 immigration records available for the last name Elijah. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Elijah. For the veterans among your Elijah ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elijah lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Elijah life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Elijah in 1962 was 70, and 62 in 2004.

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