- this week

Gender: F Meaning of Elsie: "pledged to God" Origin of Elsie: Diminutive of Elizabeth via its Scottish variation, Elspeth Elsie's Popularity in 2015: #386

Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed—but look at her now! She is currently ranked Number 32 in the U.K., and in the US, she's now Number 386, having returned to the list in 2005 after a thirty-year hiatus.

Elsie was a popular name at the end of the nineteenth century until its image was damaged in this country by the association with Elsie the Borden cow. But it's rising now on the heels of Ella and Ellie, suddenly sounding fresh and frisky. Singer James Morrison picked it for his baby girl and Ioan Gruffudd has an adorably named little Elsie Marigold. Another youthful bearer is actress Elsie Kate Fisher, the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me.

Famous People Named Elsie

Elsie Otter Pechenik (b. 2015), daughter of Zooey Deschenel and Jacob Pechenik
Elsie Louise Ferguson, American actress
Elsie Janis, American singer
Elsie Kate Fisher, American child actress
Elsie Windes, American water polo player
Elsie de Wolfe, American interior designer
Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, English children's author
Elsie Eleanore Wayne, Canadian MP
Elsie Tu, Hong Kong politician and activist
Elsie Leung, Hong Kong secretary of justice
Elsie Mackay, British actress and aviatrix
Elsie Morrison (b. 2008), daughter of James Morrison
Florence Elsie Outhwaite (b. 2008), daughter of Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis
Elsie Lacks, daughter of genetic pioneer Henrietta Lacks

Pop Culture References for the name Elsie

Elsie the Cow, advertising mascot for Borden dairy products
Elsie Hughes, housekeeper on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Elsie Dinsmore, character in novels by Martha Finley
Elsie Travilla, daughter of character Elsie Dinsmore
Elsie Kettle, character in "Queenie" by Jacqueline Wilson
Elsie, character in film "Gosford Park"
Elsie, nickname of Elucia de Lute Ima from the World God Only Knows
Elsie Tanner, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Elsie Carr, character from the "What Katy Did Series"
Elsie "Catty" Fanshawe, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Also an English surname and essentially the modern form of the Old English Aelfsige = "elf-victory"

Elsey, Ellsi, Elsee, Elsea, Elsi, Ellsie, Ellsey