[ 3 syll. e-lis-ha, el-i-sha ] The baby boy name Elisha is also used, but less often, as a girl name. It is pronounced in English as ih-LAY-SHah or iy-LAY-SHah †. Elisha is used predominantly in the English and Hebrew languages, and its origin is Hebrew. The name is of the meaning God is salvation. A biblical name, it is derived from the elements 'el' meaning God, powerful ; 'sha' to help, to deliver. Eliseus (Latin) and Elishua (Hebrew) are original forms of Elisha. The name was borne by Elisha, the disciple and successor of Elijah in the Bible. It was consequently adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century. See Elisha for more information.
The name Elisha is widely used; it has 26 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Elisee, Elish, Elishah, Elisher, Elishia, Elishua, Elisio, Eliso, Elizeo, Ellisha, Ellsha, Elsha, Elysee, Elyseo, Elysha, Elyshah, Elysher, Elysio, Elyso, and Lisha. The short form Eli (also used in Hebrew) is another English variant.
Elisha is a classic favorite. Today it is still a somewhat popular baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. In 1900, 0.023% of baby boys were given the name Elisha. Its ranking then was #363. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is of irregular use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.013% and its ranking #847. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Elisha, Eli was the most popular. In 2018, its use outnumbered Elisha's by 23 times. There were times from 1970 to 1996 that the name Elisha was given more often to girls, but it is more popular as a baby boy name today. In 1998, 10% more baby boys than girls were given the name Elisha.
† Pronunciation for Elisha: IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Elisha is Elisha Graves Otis, Inventor, born 3 August 1811 - 8 April 1861, Halifax, Vermont.