|Meaning||"My God has answered"|
|Related names||Elian, Eliane, Ileana, Iliana, Iljana, Liane, Lianne, Liana, Elyana, Eli, Eleana, Eliah, Elijah, Elliana, Elianna, Elianah, Eliena, Elienna, Elienah, Éliane, Elia, Elio, Ellen, Helen, Eileen, Elianni|
Origin & Meaning
Many sources derive it from via Hebrew, from Akkadian/Assyrian, literally translated as "My God has answered me." It is composed of three Hebrew elements: EL, meaning GOD; ANA, meaning ANSWERED; and the Yud, located after EL, indicating first person possession. Biblical sources: "And he erected there an altar, and called it El- [God] elohe-Israel [El, the God of the Patriarch Israel]" (Genesis 33:20). "And Efron answered [ana] Abraham, saying unto him," (Genesis 23:14).
Moreover, it is related to the Greek name Helene, and would thus be one of the many forms derived from that Greek name, such as Elaine from Old French. In Arabic, it is translated as "the Bright".
In the United States, Eliana first appeared on the charts in the 1990s, spurred by the momentum of popular names like Ella, and Anna. In recent years Eliana has become an even more popular name, ranking in the top 1,000 female names for the past sixteen years. Most recently, it ranked the 93rd most popular name used by females in the United States for 2016, according to the Social Security Administration, breaking into the top 100 most popular girls' names for the first time.
Popularity of the female name Eliana in the United States.
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.
People named Eliana
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- Eliana Alexander, Mexican actress
- Eliana Benador, Swiss-American public relations consultant
- Eliana Michaelichin Bezerra (born 1973), Brazilian TV hostess
- Eliana Navarro, Chilean poet
- Eliana Pintor Marin, American politician
- Eliana Rubashkyn, Stateless gender refugee, well known for being the first gender diverse person with gender recognition under an UN declaration.
- Hilda Eliana Tenorio Patiño (born 1986), Mexican bullfighter
- L'Eliana, a municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain
- Eliana the romantic novel by Samuel Pordage;
- Eliana, Eliana, an Indonesian film directed by Riri Riza;
- Fate of Eliana: A Nigerian movie produced by Ms. Linda Amara
- , ELIANA is from the Aramaic and Hebrew words, meaning MY GOD HAS ANSWERED (Kolatch, Alfred J. 1994. The New Name Dictionary - Modern English and Hebrew Names. Middle Village: Jonathan David. 110)
- , ELIANA is composed of three Hebrew elements. EL, meaning GOD (Alcalay, R. The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary. Jerusalem: Massada. 90); ANA, meaning ANSWERED (Alcalay, R. The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary. Jerusalem: Massada. 1925); and the Yud, located after EL, indicating first person possession.
- , Norman, Teresa. A World of Baby Names. New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2003. 460.
- "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Online. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
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