French and English variation of Heloise
"healthy; wide"

Eloise Origin and Meaning

The name Eloise is a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "healthy; wide".

Well balanced between sleek, sweet, strong, and vintage, newly chic Eloise re-entered the US Top 1000 in 2009, following a 50 year absence. In 2022, it broke into the Top 100 in the US and across the pond in the UK. Given to nearly 3000 babies each year, Eloise is showing no sign of stepping out of the spotlight.

Eloise comes from the Old French name, Héloïse, which means "healthy" and "wide." The name was first used by Héloïse, a 12th century scholar, philosopher and Catholic Abbess whose work inspired a many French and English writers.

There is contention over whether her name is a feminized variant of Eloi, meaning "to choose" or a French form of the Old German Helewidis meaning "healthy" and "wood" or "wise".

Eloise has also been linked to the name Louise, but despite their similarities, there is no evidence either derived from the other. But don't let that stop you from using Eloise as an updated honor for a family Louisa!

However it originally came to be, the name was revived in the 19th century as Eloise, making the pronunciation more obvious to English speakers and the spelling more in line with the familiar Eleanor and Eliza.

To some, Eloise will forever be the imperious little girl making mischief at the Plaza Hotel, while others might think of the rebellious Eloise from the TV series Bridgerton - a popular show which first aired in 2020, and likely influenced the rise of Eloise.

With that popular El- beginning and the potential nicknames Ellie, Lolly, Lola, Elsie, and Lolo, it is no wonder Eloise is climbing the charts.

# 80 in the US

Eloise Rank in US Top 1000

# 1 on Nameberry

Eloise Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Eloise Popularity

Famous People Named Eloise

  • Susan Eloise "S.E." HintonAmerican novelist
  • Eloise MumfordAmerican actress
  • Eloise GreenfieldAmerican novelist and poet
  • Eloise Jarvis McGrawAmerican novelist
  • Eloise MignonAustralian actress
  • Eloise BroadyAmerican model and actress
  • Eloise Klein HealyAmerican poet
  • (Lavern) Eloise LawsAmerican R&B singer
  • Eloise May JonesCanadian MP
  • Eloise Beatrix Sophie Laurence (b. 2002)Countess of Orange,Nassau van Amsberg; daughter of Prince Constantijn
  • Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (b. 2003)granddaughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
  • Eloise Breckenridge Bendet Eisner (b. 2008)daughter of designer Stacy Bendet Eisner and producer Eric Eisner
  • Eloise Joni Richards (adopted 2011)daughter of actress Denise Richards
  • Eloise Susan Phelps (b. 2013)daughter of baseball player David Phelps
  • Eloise McCue Show (b. 2014)daughter of actors Grant Show and Katherine LaNasa
  • Eloise Ann Popper (b. 2015)daughter of singer John Popper of Blues Traveler
  • Eloise MarchonFrench rhythmic gymnast

Eloise in Pop Culture

  • Eloisemain character in series of children's books by Kay Thompson
  • Eloise Bridgertoncharacter in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn
  • Eloisecharacter in animated movie "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"
  • Eloisemain character in the Pink Carnation series
  • Eloise Hawkingcharacter on TV's "Lost"
  • Eloise Chandlermain character in movie "Love Happens"
  • Eloise Drewcharacter in the Nancy Drew series
  • Eloise Midgencharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Eloise Pritchartcharacter in the Honorverse series by David Weber
  • Eloise Waggonermain character in "Kyrie" by Poul Anderson
  • "Eloise" song by Paul Ryan
  • "Dear Eloise" song by the Hollies
  • "Eloise" song by Arvingarna
  • Eloisean elephant villager from Animal Crossing

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