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Gender: F Meaning of Elsa: "pledged to God" Origin of Elsa: German diminutive of Elisabeth Elsa's Popularity in 2013: #528

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Lost in limbo for decades and decades, Elsa now stands a good chance of following along in the progression from Emma to Ella to Etta, having just about lost her German accent--and as the newest Disney princess.

Elsa came into English-speaking use in the nineteenth century, boosted by Wagner's operatic bride in Lohengrin—the first to walk down the aisle to the famous wedding march. For a while Elsa took on a leonine image via the lioness in the popular book and movie Born Free, but that's all but forgotten. Elsa has lots of varied and interesting human namesakes, including designer Schiaparelli, writer Morante, Bride of Frankenstein Lanchester (born Elizabeth).

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Famous People Named Elsa

Elsa Sullivan Lanchester, English character actress
Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress
Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
Elsa Barker, American writer
Elsa Pataky (born Elsa Lafuente Medianu), Spanish actress and model
Elsa Hosk, Swedish model
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, German-American artist and poet
Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer
Elsa Lunghini, French pop singer
Elsa Benítez, Mexican model
Elsa Yur'evna Triolet (born Ella Kagan), Russian-French novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Elsa

Elsa the Snow Queen, monarch of Arendelle in Disney's "Frozen"
Elsa Bannister, main character in movie "The Lady from Shanghai"
Elsa Schraeder ("the Baroness"), character in "The Sound of Music"
Elsa the Lioness, subject of book/movie "Born Free"
Elsa Van Helsing, character in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Elsa, Frankenstein's daughter in movie "Scooby Doo & the Ghoul School"
Elsa Quinn, character in movie "My Zinc Bed"
Elsa of Brabant, main character in Wagner's opera "Lohengrin"
Elsa Cleeg, character on animated series "Kim Possible"
Elsa de Sica, character in manga/anime "Gunslinger Girl"
Elsa Shivers, character in movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsie, Ellsy, Elsi, Elsia, Elsie, Elssa, Elsy, Elza, Lisa

Elsa's International Variations

Elsje, Ilsa (Dutch) Else (Scandinavian)