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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 Peretti, jewelry designer
Elsa Barker, American writer
Elsa Pataky, Spanish actress and model
Elsa Hosk, Swedish model and Victoria's Secret Angel
Elsa Lanchester, wonderfully dotty character actress
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, artist
Elsa Schiaparelli, fashion designer (b.1890)

Pop Culture References for the Name Elsa

Queen Elsa, monarch of Arendelle, in Disney's "Frozen"
Elsa Bannister, main character in "The Lady from Shanghai"
Elsa Schraeder ("the Baroness"), in "The Sound of Music"
Elsa the lion in "Born Free"
Elsa Van Helsing, character in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Elsa, Frankenstein's daughter in "Scooby Doo & the Ghoul School"
Elsa Quinn, from the movie "My Zinc Bed"
Elsa Schnider in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

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

Elsa's International Variations

Elsje, Ilsa (Dutch) Else (Scandinavian)