- Origin: Hebrew
- Meaning: “my God is God.”
- Gender: Masculine
- Pronunciation: Eng (EL-ee-yel; ee-LYE-yel)
The name is composed of the same Hebrew word אל (‘el) meaning “God,” hence, some translate it to mean “my God is God.” The name is borne by several minor characters in the Old Testament.
A notable bearer was Finnish Architect, Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950).
Though an obscure Jewish name, it experienced a peak in popularity in Finland and other Scandinavian countries at the end of the 19th-century.
Eliel recently entered the U.S. Top 1000 Most Popular Male Names in 2019, currently ranking in at #664.
The designated name day in Finland is April 9th
A Dutch form is Eliël.