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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Ilya (disambiguation).
Gender male
Word/name Russian-language or alternatively Kurdish
Meaning "My god is He" (Hebrew meaning) or "great or glorious" (Kurdish meaning)
Other names
Related names Elijah, Ilija, Ilya, Iliya, Ilja, Ilyusha, Ilyushenka, Ilyich, Ilyinichna, Ali or Ilia

Ilya, Illya, Iliya, Ilja, Ilija, or Ilia (Cyrillic: Илья) is the East Slavic form of the male Hebrew name Eliyahu (Elijah), meaning "My god is He". It comes from the Byzantine Greek pronunciation of the vocative (Elia) of the Greek Elias (Ηλίας). It is pronounced with stress on the second syllable. The diminutive form is Ilyusha or Ilyushenka. The Russian patronymic for a son of Ilya is "Ilyich", and a daughter is "Ilyinichna".

Ilya is also a Kurdish name meaning great and glorious.

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Mythical/Biblical figures[edit]

  • Ilya Muromets, Russian folk hero
  • Elijah, a Hebrew prophet of the ninth century BCE, known in Russian as Ilya
  • Ali or Eli (Arabic name), a cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and the first Imam of shiahs

(There is a quote from Imam Ali "I am called Elya / Alya among Jews, Elia among Christians, Ali for my father, and Haydar for my mother"),[1][2]

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  1. ^ Tabarsi, Ehtejaj, Vol. 1,p.307-308.
  2. ^ Allameh Amini, Alghadir, Vol. 7,p.78.