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Gender: Female Pronunciation: el-kah Meaning of Elke: "noble" Origin of Elke: Dutch, German, and Frisian, diminutive of Adelheid

The name Elke is a girl's name of German, Dutch origin meaning "noble". Elke and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Though she has long stood on her own, Elke has many longer cross-cultural connections, to the Dutch/German/Scandinavian Adelheid and Alice and the English Adelaide, as a feminine version of Elkanah and as a Yiddish form of Eleanor.

The name became best known in the U.S. via the Berlin-born Elke Sommer,a popular actress and pin-up girl in the 1960s.

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Famous People Named Elke

Elke Sommer, German actress
Elke Cordelia Neidhardt, Australian actress
Elke Clijsters, Belgian tennis player
Elke Aberle, German actress

Pop Culture References for the name Elke

Elke Haien, character in The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm
Elke Elkberg, Carl's Swedish girlfriend on animated series Jimmy Neutron
The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia.

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Sapphire Says:


I like this name but not the pronounciation I pronounce this name as the animal and I like it like that

EW314 Says:


Love it, but apparently it's quite an old-fashioned, fusty feeling name in its countries of origin. Not sure this really bothers me though, especially with all the old lady names coming out of retirement in English at the moment.

mabespark Says:


This has gone from a slight liking to a full-out head-over-heels love. I seriously adore it.

mabespark Says:


This name suddenly seems so cool to me. Starting to like it.

Nooshi Says:


Okay thanks :).

Guest Says:


It's definitely el-kuh since it's German, but if you add an i before the e then it can be el-kee

Nooshi Says:


Can this be pronounced el-kee? Because I own 'The Brilliant Book of Baby Names' by Pam and Linda, and that is the prn listed.