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

Elke Origin and Meaning

The name Elke is a girl's name of German, Dutch origin meaning "noble".

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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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.