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Elias Name Meaning

Spanish (Elías); French (also Élias); Greek Catalan Portuguese English Welsh German Dutch Breton Assyrian/Chaldean and Jewish; Hungarian (Éliás); Czech (Eliáš); Slovak (Eliáš and Eliaš): from a personal name taken from the New Testament Greek form (Ēlias) of Hebrew Eliyahu ‘Jehovah is God’ (Anglicized as Elijah in the Old Testament of the King James Bible). This name was borne by a Biblical prophet but its popularity among Christians in the Middle Ages was largely a result of its adoption by various early saints including a 7th-century bishop of Syracuse and a 9th-century Spanish martyr. In North America this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean Eliya or Elia Croatian and Slovenian Ilijaš or Iljaš. In medieval England the name generally took the form Ellis but in the 18th and 19th centuries Welsh Nonconformists adopted the form Elias as a patronymic.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Elijah, Melis, Lias, Lis, Arias, Elman, Blas, Livas, Elia, Bliss

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Where is the Elias family from?

You can see how Elias families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elias family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elias families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 396 Elias families living in Glamorgan. This was about 38% of all the recorded Elias's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Elias families in 1891.
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What did your Elias ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Elias. 14% of Elias men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Elias women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elias were Plasterer and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Colliery Hewer
    7%
  • Plasterer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Household Duties
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    2%
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What is the average Elias lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Elias life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Elias in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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