What’s in a name?
Choosing our child’s name is one of the greatest privileges we have as parents.
But it is no small task!
Ask any parent and they will tell you that they chose their child’s name for a special purpose or reason.
Names give each of us an identity, a title by which others can know us.
One of the sweetest parts of parenthood is seeing your own child grow into his or her identity.
We had an idea of how to name our son before he was born, but it was when we cradled him in our arms for the first time that we were able to fully commit to his name.
Now we see so clearly how that name defines him!
It’s important to give your son a name that is both charming and meaningful to you.
In our middle names series, we’d endeavored to give you a nearly exhaustive list of options!
From A to Z, we want to explore with you which middle names may sound best with the boy name, Elijah.
Does the middle name sound good with your last name?
Does it have a meaning that you love?
Does it sound “right” and give you a sense of peace and joy?
The perfect name for your new baby will be the name you choose to give him, so let’s jump into the naming factors that can help you decide!
- What does the name Elijah mean?
Elijah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning, “The Lord is my God.”
The most famous example of the name Elijah is the Prophet Elijah in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Elijah is easily remembered among Bible characters because instead of dying a natural death, God took him up into heaven in a chariot of fire.
Other well-known Elijahs include Elijah Wood, Elijah McCoy, and Elijah Pitts.
The name Elijah became popular during the Middle Ages when Elijah the Prophet was a popular figure in medieval tales; however, it was usually spelled Elias or Elis.
By the 16th century, the name was hardly used by families. But following the Protestant Reformation, it resurfaced as a common name for boys born into Puritan families.
It became popular again in the 1980s, and in recent years, Elijah has remained within the list of top 20 most beloved names for boys.
How does each middle name sound with Elijah?
Because the name Elijah has a rich history and background, it’s important to find a name that suits its classic nature.
Being three-syllables, it’s a longer name and therefore pairs well with many different middle names. Nevertheless, there is an art to pairing names together!
Take, for example, the name Elijah Isaiah Pemberton. It sounds okay but it doesn’t quite flow, right?
The multiple “-ah” endings make it feel repetitive, and all three names have three syllables which causes it to feel like a mouthful.
Not to mention that Elijah and Isaiah are so similar, the first name gets overshadowed by the second.
So how do we know which names will work well?
In order for names to sound good together, they need to achieve cadence.
It’s actually pretty simple, but it’s something we think little about when naming our babies! It’s the reason a name will lack flow or sound like a mouthful.
Cadence is the rhythmic flow of a set of sounds or words. Like a meter in a song, cadence gives words a pulse or beat.
So how do we follow a pattern of sound when it comes to our baby’s name?
Typically, mixed syllable names sound best because they create cadence – but this is not always the case.
Consider the name Elijah Reid Carter.
The syllable pattern here is 3:1:2. Because Elijah has three syllables, a one-syllable middle name is perfect. But it also flows well because the last name, Carter, is two syllables.
But what happens when we make the middle name longer? Let’s say Elijah Jameson Carter.
It still flows well, but it has a different pulse than Elijah Reid. Alliteration is also always an effective tool for creating cadence!
When trying to determine the cadence of your baby’s potential name, take time to say it out loud in different tones.
What does it sound like in a comforting tone?
How about when you introduce her to a new teacher?
And now in your high-pitched mom voice (you know the one)?
If it feels like too much, makes you laugh, or just doesn’t flow, then you’ll know it’s not the right name!
While cadence is instructive, naming is also a kind of art – sometimes it has to make sense to the eye (or ear!) of the beholder.
What do the two names mean together?
Your son’s first name needs a good companion!
That’s why it matters how his middle name complements his first name, Elijah.
Is there another name that has a special meaning to you?
For example, my son’s first name means, “God has been gracious,” and his middle name means, “valiant protector.” Together his name loosely translates “gracious protector,” and we find it perfect for an eldest son!
It doesn’t always work effortlessly, but sometimes the meanings of names can complement each other as much as the names themselves!
It’s also helpful to run through the list of middle names that may be given to your son. Eli is the most common for Elijah, but there are others, including Lija and E.J.
How do these nicknames pair with the middle name?
For example, a middle name beginning with “J” may not sound best if your son goes by E.J. The added benefit to a middle name you really love is that you can call your son by his middle name (or he can choose to go by his middle name) if later preferred!
Are there names that are significant to your family?
Selecting a family name is a thoughtful way to show honor or remembrance for loved ones, given that your families respect your decision and don’t feel like you are showing preference. (Further proof that names are so important to everyone!)
Perhaps there is a great-grandfather or uncle who bears a name that is meaningful to you. Looking into our family history is sometimes a great way to discover more traditional names that fit with names like Elijah!
Best middle names for Elijah
So what are the best middle names for Elijah? Below is a comprehensive list for the top 99 middle name ideas for Elijah!
- Elijah Alec
- Elijah Benjamin
- Elijah Blake
- Elijah Blue (famous musician)
- Elijah Brennan
- Elijah Brock
- Elijah Brooks
- Elijah Bryce
- Elijah Burke
- Elijah Caden
- Elijah Caleb
- Elijah Calvin
- Elijah Carter
- Elijah Cian
- Elijah Chase
- Elijah Clark
- Elijah Cole
- Elijah Cullen
- Elijah Curtis
- Elijah Cruz
- Elijah Daniel
- Elijah David
- Elijah Dean
- Elijah Dominic
- Elijah Drake
- Elijah Drew
- Elijah Edward
- Elijah Felix
- Elijah Finley
- Elijah Finn
- Elijah George
- Elijah Graham
- Elijah Grant
- Elijah Gray
- Elijah Griffin
- Elijah Hale
- Elijah Harrison
- Elijah Hart
- Elijah Henry
- Elijah Howard
- Elijah Jackson
- Elijah Jacob
- Elijah Jaden
- Elijah James
- Elijah Jeffrey
- Elijah Joel
- Elijah John
- Elijah Jordan
- Elijah Joseph
- Elijah Jude
- Elijah Kai
- Elijah Kane
- Elijah Laurence
- Elijah Lucas
- Elijah Luke
- Elijah Martin
- Elijah Mason
- Elijah Maxwell
- Elijah Michael
- Elijah Miles
- Elijah Nathan
- Elijah Nelson
- Elijah Neil
- Elijah Nicholas
- Elijah Noel
- Elijah Oliver
- Elijah Owen
- Elijah Parker
- Elijah Patrick
- Elijah Paul
- Elijah Quinn
- Elijah Ruggerio
- Elijah Ryan
- Elijah Reid
- Elijah Reuben
- Elijah River
- Elijah Robert
- Elijah Ronan
- Elijah Ross
- Elijah Rowan
- Elijah Scott
- Elijah Simon
- Elijah Seth
- Elijah Steele
- Elijah Stuart
- Elijah Tate
- Elijah Theodore
- Elijah Thomas
- Elijah Timothy
- Elijah Travis
- Elijah Tristan
- Elijah Vaughn
- Elijah Warren
- Elijah Weston
- Elijah Wilde
- Elijah William
- Elijah Wilson
- Elijah Wolfe
- Elijah Zane
A few of my favorites
As a writer, I love the name Elijah because it has such rich history and tradition.
From prophets to saints, it has been a strong name through the ages. Common nicknames like “Eli” and “E.J.” are also timeless and sound endearing at any age.
From the list above, my personal favorites are Elijah George for a more stately name, Elijah Blue for a modern take, and Elijah Burke for a more original and classic name.
Whichever name you choose for your Elijah, I hope it brings you joy to say it for years and years to come!