Gender: Female Meaning of Effie: "pleasant speech" Origin of Effie: English diminutive of Euphemia, Greek

Effie Origin and Meaning

The name Effie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pleasant speech".

Effie is the old-fashioned short form for Euphemia. It shares a vintage charm with Hattie and Letty although is much rarer than either. Effie is a character in The Hunger Games and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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Pop Culture References for the name Effie

Euphie, Effia, Effi, Euphemia, Ephie, Efthemia, Effemy, Effemie, Euphemie, Effy, Eppie


renaissancetoni Says:


Effie is also a nickname for Elizabeth too!🙂

Eliza1303 Says:


I want to name my future daughter this after my grandmother. I like the full name MaryEffie Edith. I think it’s unique, fun, cool, pretty, and a short nn that would fit with different personalities.

SilverSky109 Says:


I think this would make a really cute nickname for Fiona!

beachbear Says:


This sounds like a private school nickname to me. I've never read Hunger Games.

Tillie_Jay Says:


I love this a both a nickname of Ophelia and Elizabeth.

nipnerb Says:


I now realize that Suzanne Collins (author of the Hunger Games) gave Effie the name she did for irony; the name means "pleasant speech" when the speech she gives is not at all pleasant.

mermuse Says:


I've considered this as a nickname for "Stephanie"!

TaylorAbby Says:


I really like this as a nickname for "Ethel"

Essa Says:


Possible nickname for Persephone.

Essa Says:


The Skins character was actually called Elizabeth, I never quite understood how Effie was a nickname for Elizabeth but I didn't care because I loved it. I still do like Effie and think it could work on it's own. I love someone's suggestion of using it for a nickname for Josephine although I think I prefer Sephie.

helenlouise Says:


I'm usually a huge advocate for not using nicknames as full names, but in this case I think Effie is very pretty and quite stand-alone as a name (I first heard it in TV programme Skins years ago so for me it is a name in its own right and not Hunger Games-y). Plus I think Euphemia is very stuffy and kind of makes me think of euthanasia which isn't a fab connotation. Big thumbs up for Effie, I think it's a nice twist on the more boring Ellie.

Guest Says:


E-fee = Evie

Jennifer Lawrence Says:


Ok so Effie is pronounced EF-ee.

jordalini Says:


Too hunger games for me, I also always to pronounce it E-fee, which i think is prettier, and does not sound like EFF-ing, like the actual pronunciation

CocoWhite Says:


All I can ever think of is the Hunger Games character.

OliviaSarah Says:


I want to like Effie, but it's always sounded like ''effing'' to me.

DottiPanda Says:


Effie could also be a nickname for the lovely Josephine.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Sounds too dangerously close to "eff you" for my liking, but it's not outright bad. Better as a nickname, though,