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.