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Gender: Female Meaning of Elsa: "pledged to God" Origin of Elsa: German diminutive of Elisabeth Elsa's Popularity in 2017: #683

The name Elsa is a girl's name of German origin meaning "pledged to God". Elsa is ranked #683 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

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Lost in limbo for decades and decades, Elsa now stands a good chance of following along in the progression from Emma to Ella to Etta, having just about lost her German accent--and as the ice queen heroine who "Let It Go" in the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen. The name shot all the up to Number 286 (its highest ranking since the 1890s) in the year after the release of the movie, though it's now fallen off a bit.

Elsa came into English-speaking use in the nineteenth century, boosted by Wagner's operatic bride in Lohengrin—the first to walk down the aisle to the famous wedding march. For a while Elsa took on a leonine image via the lioness in the popular book and movie Born Free, but that's all but forgotten. Elsa has lots of varied and interesting human namesakes, including designer Schiaparelli, writer Morante, Bride of Frankenstein Lanchester (born Elizabeth).

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Famous People Named Elsa

Elsa Maxwell, American writer and socialite
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester, English character actress
Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress
Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
Elsa Barker, American writer
Elsa Pataky (born Elsa Lafuente Medianu), Spanish actress and model
Elsa Anna Sofie Hosk, Swedish model who bears a striking resemblence to Disney's Elsa the Snow Queen
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, German-American artist and poet
Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer
Elsa Lunghini, French pop singer
Elsa Benitez, Mexican model
Elsa Yur'evna Triolet (born Ella Kagan), Russian-French novelist
Elsa Einstein, second wife and cousin of Albert Einstein
Elsa Augusta Diehl (b. 2009), daughter of actors August Diehl and Julia Malik
Elsa Torres, daughter of Spanish football player Fernando Torres

Pop Culture References for the name Elsa

Elsa the Snow Queen, monarch of Arendelle in Disney's "Frozen"
Elsa The Pteranodon in "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story"
Elsa mother of Bruno in "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
Elsa Bannister, main character in movie "The Lady from Shanghai"
Elsa Schraeder ("the Baroness"), character in "The Sound of Music"
Elsa the Lioness, subject of book/movie "Born Free"
Elsa Van Helsing, character in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Elsa Frankenteen, Frankenstein's monster's daughter in the movie 'Scooby Doo & the Ghoul School'
Elsa Quinn, character in movie "My Zinc Bed"
Elsa of Brabant, main character in Wagner's opera "Lohengrin"
Elsa Cleeg, character on animated series "Kim Possible"
Elsa de Sica, character in manga/anime "Gunslinger Girl"
Elsa Shivers, character in movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Elsa Mars, character in "American Horror Story: Freakshow"
Dr. Elsa Schneider, love interest in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
Elsa, main character of Jacqueline Wilson's 'The Bed and Breakfast Kid'
Elsa, villain in children's TV show "Power Rangers: Dino Thunder"
Elsa Gardner, character in TV show "Atypical"
Elsa Lichtmann, character in video game L.A. Noire

Lisa, Elza, Elsie, Ellsy, Ellse, Elsi, Elsia, Elssa, Ellsa, Elsy, Ellsie

Elsa's International Variations

Elsje, Ilsa (Dutch) Else (Scandinavian)