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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 German Shepherd Puppy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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