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Gender: F Meaning of Elspeth: "pledged to God" Origin of Elspeth: Scottish variation of Elizabeth

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Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several of his female characters.

Elspeth Huxley was a prolific Kenyan-born U.K. writer, best known for the autobiographical The Flame Trees of Thika--she was connected by marriage to the illustrous Huxley family.

A close cousin is Elsbeth, as in the recurring character Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife. Embeth is a more distant relation.

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Famous People Named Elspeth

Elspeth Huxley, British novelist
Elspeth Ballantyne, Australian actress
Elspeth Howe, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, English life peer
Elspeth March, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Elspeth

Elspeth Gordie, character in the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

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