This name, which is of Hebrew origin, belongs to several Greek writers, chiefly ecclesiastics, of the Byzantine empire.
There were several prelates of the name in the Oriental patriarchates and bishoprics, and several writers, chiefly ecclesiastics, in the Oriental tongues, for whom see Assemanni, Bibliotheca Orientalis,
and Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. ix. p. 257, xi. p. 614. We give only those belonging to Greek biography. In Latin the name is frequently written Helias.