Origin & Meaning
Many sources derive it 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).
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 117th most popular name used by females in the United States for 2014, according to the Social Security Administration.
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
- Eliana (born 1973), Brazilian TV hostess
- Hilda Eliana Tenorio Patiño (born 1986), Mexican bullfighter
- L'Eliana, a municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain