Turkish and Arabic, first letter in the alphabet

Elif Origin and Meaning

The name Elif is a girl's name of Arab origin.

Elif is the Turkish form of Alif, the name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. Actor Natalie Portman gave another spelling to her son, Aleph.

In Turkey, Elif is unisex but especially popular for girls – it's been a Top 5 choice there since the early 1990s, and also ranks highly in such other European nations as Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Along with its alphabetical meaning, Elif can also mean "slender", from the Turkish phrase elif gibi, literally "shaped like Elif."

Elif Popularity

Famous People Named Elif

  • Elif CeylanTurkish,Swedish voice actor
  • Elif DenizTurkish footballer
  • Elif ŞafakTurkish writer
  • Elif Zeynep CelepAzerbaijani rhythmic gymnast