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Gender: Female Meaning of Effie: "pleasant speech" Origin of Effie: Greek

The name Effie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pleasant speech". Effie and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Effie is the old-fashioned short form for Euphemia, which seems a little too barefoot and tattered to be revivable--though you never know, wih names like Hattie and Letty making comebacks. Effie is a character in The Hunger Games.

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Famous People Named Effie

Euphemia Chalmers "Effie" Gray, English wife to painter John Everett Millais and art critic John Ruskin
Effie Shannon, American silent film actress
Effie Louise Power, American pioneering children's librarian
Euphemia "Effie" Ellsler, American actress of stage and screen
(Marie) Effie Wilton, Lady Bancroft, English actress
Euphemia "Effie" Germon, American actress
Effie Crockett, American actress
Effie Cherry, American vaudevillian of the Cherry Sisters act
Effie Hotchkiss, first transcontinental female motorcyclist with her mother Avis Hotchkiss
Effie McCollum Jones, American Universalist minister and suffragette
Effie Mae Smith, American R&B singer
Effie Adelaide Maria Rowlands, British novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Effie

Effie Kaligaris, character in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series
Effie Trinket, character in "The Hunger Games" trilogy
Effie White, a main character from musical "Dreamgirls"
Euphegenia "Effie" Doubtfire, title character in the film "Mrs. Doubtfire"
Effie, Hannah Gruen's scatterbrained niece in the Nancy Drew series
"Effie Briest," novel by German realist writer Theodor Fontane and its main character
Effie, character from the video game "Fire Emblem Fates"

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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,