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Gender: F Pronunciation: el-kah Meaning of Elke: "noble" Origin of Elke: Dutch, German, and Frisian, diminutive of Adelheid

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Though she has long stood on her own, Elke has many longer cross-cultural connections, to the Dutch/German/Scandinavian Adelheid and Alice and the English Adelaide, as a feminine version of Elkanah and as a Yiddish form of Eleanor.

The name became best known in the U.S. via the Berlin-born Elke Sommer,a popular actress and pin-up girl in the 1960s.

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Elke Sommer-German actress whose peak years were the 60's

Pop Culture References for the Name Elke

The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia.

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