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Origin of the name Elyes

Elyes GabelHi Jennifer,

I recently heard a name I absolutely LOVE and cannot stop thinking about – Elyes. It is the name of the actor who plays the main character on the new CBS show, Scorpion. I had never heard of it before I discovered that show. According to the actor/interviews I have seen with him, it is pronounced like “Elliot” with an s… “ELL-ee-iss” and I absolutely adore it. It’s the perfect combination of cute and masculine.

However, when I tried to look it up on your website I did not find it, and there was not much info on other websites as well. Perhaps it is a non-traditional spelling of another name? The only one I could think of was Elias, and apparently that is pronounced ee-LIE-us. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you!!
Mikeyla

Dear Mikeyla,

You are right in that Elyes is an Arabic form of the name Elias, which comes from the Biblical name Elijah. The literal translation of the name would be “My God is Yahweh,” but we have it as “The Lord is My God.”

Hope that helps! I have added the name Elyes to our database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer