[ 2 syll. e-ly, el-y ] The baby boy name Ely is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as IYLay †. Ely is used predominantly in the English and Hebrew languages, and it is derived from Hebrew origins.
Ely is a variant spelling (English and Hebrew) of the name Eli (English, Hebrew, and Yiddish).
Ely is also a variant of the name Elijah (English and Hebrew).
See also the related category hebrew.
Ely is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1901 with 0.005% of baby boys being given the name Ely. Its ranking then was #983. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity, and is currently of sporadic use. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Ely, Elijah was the most frequently used. Ely has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Ely: IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)"