I've fallen for the name Elke as an option for our soon to be here baby. From my research, I understand that it's typically pronounced El-kah, but many also go for El-key, as it reads. I'm leaning towards El-kah, I think it wears better into adulthood.
I'm actually after advice/suggestions on two things. Firstly, do any of you Berries have a brainwave for a suitable middle name. I'd like something a little more popular as a middle name, and am leaning towards one syllable, something like Elke Rose or Elke Lou (happy to compromise for the right name), both May/Mae and Jane are out due to close relatives use.
Secondly, I've read that the name actually has a few different origins, both Dutch but also Hebrew; I'm interested to see what the correct way to pronounce it in the hebrew is, particularly as our first sons name is a Hebrew name.
I would assume Elke/Elka is the female form of Elkanah. Unless we had an expert on names in Hebrew (any Israelis out there?) I would pronounce it El-Kah. I have heard it as a Yiddish name pronounced El-kah and spelled Elka in English.
I met a german girl called Elke a couple of years ago, and i loved it on her! She was blonde and very fresh-faced so i have a very Germanic/Scandinavian image of the name. She said it like El-Keh. It also makes me think of the singer Elkie Brooks and there was a German actress/pin-up called Elke Sommers. I think its a lovely name.
I reckon something soft in the middle would be nice. I like Elke Rose or maybe Elke Claire, Elke Grace or Elke Isobel.
I really like Elke/Elka. I pronounce them the same. I like Elka a bit better because there is no confusion. I think Elke Rose sounds nice. I don't care for Lou. other thoughts- Elke Rae, Elke Bryn, Elke Ruth, Elke Claire, Elke Brie/Bree
I know an Elke! It is a very unusual choice in Canada.
Actually it is said and spelled Elky. The girl I know, not the name in general
I have never heard it said as Elka.
I love Elke. It's on my list too. I've heard it pronounced both ways, but I prefer the El-kah pronunciation.
It's definitely 'el-kah'. Like Lotte is 'lotta' and Anneliese is 'anna-leeza'.
Thanks for the feedback, seems to be a pretty positive response to the name. I'm thinking of def spelling it Elke, pronouncing it El-kah (I want to 'respect' the name IYKWIM) but am sure bub will get a whole lot of Elkie anyway, which I'm ok with.
Also agreeing that something soft and feminine is the way to go with a middle name. My first reaction is Rose, I'd like something a little more familiar like that since Elke is a touch unfamiliar.
Thanks for your advice (and feel free to keep it coming too!)
Elke is so cute and pretty! It sounds like it belongs in a fairytale or something. :) I like the "el-kah" pronounciation, and Elke Rose is really pretty!