The name Elke is a girl's name of German, Dutch origin meaning "noble". Elke and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favourite (girls)".
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.