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Word/nameEast Slavic or alternatively Kurdish
Meaning"My god is Yahu/Jah"[1] (Hebrew meaning) or "great or glorious" (Kurdish meaning)
Other names
Related namesElijah, Ilija, Ilya, Iliya, Ilja, Ilyusha, Ilyushenka, Ilyich, Ilyinichna, Ali or Ilia

Ilya, Illia, Illya, Iliya, Il'ja, Ilija, or Ilia (Russian: Илья́, romanizedIl'ja [ɪlʲˈja] or Russian: Илия́, romanizedIlija [ɪlʲɪˈja]; Ukrainian: Ілля́, romanizedIllya [iˈl.lʲːɑ]) is the East Slavic form of the male Hebrew name Eliyahu (Elijah), meaning "My God is Yahu/Jah."[1] It comes from the Byzantine Greek pronunciation of the vocative (Ilía) of the Greek Elias (Ηλίας, Ilías). It is pronounced with stress on the second syllable. The diminutive form is Iliusha or Iliushen'ka. The Russian patronymic for a son of Ilya is "Il'jich", and a daughter is "Ilyinichna".

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Religious figures[edit]

  • Ilya Muromets, Orthodox monastic saint, 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"),[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b J. D. Douglas; F. F. Bruce; J. I. Packer; N. Hillyer; D. Guthrie; A.R. Millard; D. J. Wiseman, eds. (1982). New Bible Dictionary (2nd ed.). Wheaton, IL, US: Tyndale House. p. 319. ISBN 9780842346672.
  2. ^ Tabarsi, Ehtejaj, Vol. 1, pp. 307–308.
  3. ^ Allameh Amini, Alghadir, Vol. 7, p. 78.