Gender: Female Meaning of Elle: "she" Origin of Elle: French Elle's Popularity in 2018: #380

The name Elle is a girl's name of French origin meaning "she". Elle is ranked #380 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game-GIRLS".

From the experts:

Combine the charming heroine of the movie Legally Blonde with supermodel Elle Macpherson and the trend toward all names beginning with "el"—Ellie, Ella, Eleanor—and you have one hit name.

Elle Driver is the Darryl Hannah character in Kill Bill, Elle Bishop was Kristen Bell's in Heroes, and Elle Fanning (born Mary, sister of Dakota) is a rising young actress.

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GenEric Says:


Probably because ella is pronounced ay-yah in Spanish.

jovialroses45 Says:


Ella is the word she in Spanish and I never see anyone whining about it lmao

nml28 Says:


It looks nice written out I guess but if I heard it out loud I would just think it was the letter L

Too-ticky Says:


So basically it has no meaning at all... I dunno. Sounds pretty though.

Toya B Says:


It's lovely. Sleek and sophisticated, good nickname choices (Ellie, Ella) but doesn't feel it needs one so people wouldn't assume, and I like the simple meaning 'she', because it doesn't make a child have to fit, she can be anything. It is also an interesting character name, because it can be thought of as holding things back.

noro226 Says:


Simply gorgeous. Sophisticated, feminine, sweet, yet strong. I love it!

Cberries Says:


I named my almost 2yr.old daughter Elle and I love it. I get compliments on it all the time! Its simple, but different. I love that it fits a younger childhood name, but its also classic and sophisticated for an adult. People do mistake it for "Ellie" alot when they read it, but i still love it!

EW314 Says:


I can't believe this is so underused! What with the huge popularity of Ella, you'd think parents would be flocking to use this sleek, sophisticated alternative instead. It feels a lot more glamorous and grown-up than Ella, but you could still use the sweet childhood nickname Ellie. The gorgeous Elle Macpherson can't hurt this name's cause, either. This has to catch on soon!

RoddyThlayli Says:


Elle sounds really weird to me as a name, if only because me and my family call part of our house "the ell".

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SimoneKadele Says:


Lol :')

ThistleThorn Says:


I know an Elle who pronounces it like Ellie.

indiefendi2 Says:


Cailin means "girl", I don't think it gets more general than these 😂

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


So is this just pronounced like the letter L...?

Dspisces1407 Says:


I find Janelle more attractive also

SimoneKadele Says:


The meaning of this name is so...general.

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


All I can think of is the letter L...contrary to this websites views I like Janelle better.