Elisha

Names Throughout the Ages

Elisha is a Hebrew male name meaning “my God is salvation” and is the name of a prophet in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran. Although it’s more commonly used as a male given name, it has had use as a female given name, surging in popularity in the 1980s. I don’t know whether the name was inspired by the Biblical figure or whether it was used as a variant spelling of Alicia or a combination of both, although in Hebrew Elisha is pronounced e-LIE-sha (similar to Elijah).

Origin: Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Elysha (English)
  • Elishua (Biblical Hebrew)
  • Eliseus (Biblical Latin, Latin)
  • Eliseo (Italian, Spanish)
  • Elisie (Macedonian)
  • Elissaios (Ancient Greek)
  • Alyasa (Arabic)
  • Elyesa (Turkish)

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