Biblical name, from the Greek form (used in the New Testament) of the name of the prophet Elijah. It is one of a number of Old Testament names which have come back into favour since the latter part of the 20th century. See also Ellis.
Dutch: occupational name from akkerman ‘plowman’; a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century. Later, it probably absorbed some cases of the cognate German and Swedish names, Ackermann and Åkerman respectively.