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Gender: Female Meaning of Elsie: "pledged to God" Origin of Elsie: Diminutive of Elizabeth via its Scottish variation, Elspeth Elsie's Popularity in 2017: #301

The name Elsie is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "pledged to God". Elsie is ranked #301 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed—but look at her now! She is currently ranked very highly in the U.K., and in the US, she's widely used as well, having returned to the popular names list in 2005 after a thirty-year hiatus. Elsie is now one of the fastest-rising a href="">girl names starting with E.

Elsie was a popular name at the end of the nineteenth century until its image was damaged in this country by the association with Elsie the Borden cow. But it's rising now on the heels of Ella and Ellie, suddenly sounding fresh and frisky. Singer James Morrison picked it for his baby girl and Ioan Gruffudd has an adorably named little Elsie Marigold. Another youthful bearer is actress Elsie Kate Fisher, the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me.

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Famous People Named Elsie

Elsie Louise Ferguson, American actress
Elsie Janis, American singer
Elsie Kate Fisher, American teen actress
Elsie Windes, American water polo player
Elsie de Wolfe, American interior designer
Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, English children's author
Elsie Eleanore Wayne, Canadian MP
Elsie Tu, Hong Kong politician and activist
Elsie Leung, Hong Kong secretary of justice
Elsie Mackay, British actress and aviatrix
Elsie Mapuana Sniffen, birth name of Kayla Blake, American actress
Elsie Lacks, daughter of genetic pioneer Henrietta Lacks
Elsie-Mae Blackburn, daughter of actress Verona Joseph and director Farren Blackburn
Elsie May Larson-Kunkel (b. 1990), daughter of singer Nicolette Larson
Elsie Morrison (b. 2008), daughter of singer James Morrison
Elsie Marigold Gruffudd (b. 2013), daughter of Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and American-born British Alice Evans
Elsie Cook (b. 2014), daughter of English cricket captain Alastair Cook
Elsie Otter Pechenik (b. 2015), daughter of actress Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik
Florence Elsie Ellis (b. 2008), daughter of actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis
Sonia Elsie, American Youtuber

Pop Culture References for the name Elsie

Elsie the Cow, advertising mascot for Borden dairy products
Elsie Hughes, housekeeper on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Elsie Dinsmore, character in novels by Martha Finley
Elsie Travilla, daughter of character Elsie Dinsmore
Elsie Kettle, character in "Queenie" by Jacqueline Wilson
Elsie, character in film "Gosford Park"
Elsie, nickname of Elucia de Lute Ima from "The World God Only Knows"
Elsie Tanner, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Elsie Carr, character from the "What Katy Did Series"
Elsie "Catty" Fanshawe, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Also an English surname and essentially the modern form of the Old English Aelfsige = "elf-victory"
Elsie Marina, name of character from the film "The Prince and the Showgirl," portrayed by Marilyn Monroe

Elsey, Ellsi, Elsee, Elsea, Elsi, Ellsie, Ellsey


clairels Says:


I wouldn't. They're too similar.

Adalee Says:


Would it be too much to name sisters Elsie and Eliza as both are diminutive of Elizabeth?

Kellen_Claire Says:


I really adore Elsie! I think it would make a cute, unexpected, nickname for Felicity as well!

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Potential nickname for Elizabeth?

Kate Kronbeck Says:


My daughters name is Elsie Adele. Elsie was my husband grandmothers name and Adele was my great Aunts name. I love to reuse family names.

Kate Kronbeck Says:


I love your story about this. So cute. My daughter is Elsie Adele and that is exactly how I feel about it.

Elsie Smith Says:


I'm called Elsie! I think it's a lovely name!

heathergrey Says:


i feel like this is cute for a little girl but it's kind of frumpy on a grown up. a fifty year old woman named elsie would be super weird. i think it works better as a nickname.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Cute name

GraceArnott Says:


I love this name and it's my favourite tv charcters name, Elsie Carson née Hughes from Downton Abbey

AnonyMom Says:


We're using Elsie as a nickname for our daughter Elisabeth Simone. Love it.

maddiepie Says:


honestly i prefer elise and elizabeth

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Elsie Autumn is a stunning name!

EvaThyssen Says:


This is the only nickname-name I like. It doesn't sound too cutesy and bland, like Gracie, Rosie, Annie or Evie. Elsie has character.

josie_j154 Says:


i am in LOVE with this name! SO SO SO CUTE!!!!!

dae Says:


My nieces name is Elsea its a beautiful name.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


Both your daughters' names are perfection

priviledgedpistachios Says:


This name is really starting to grow on me!

SoDallas3 Says:


Or Connie, which is quite popular in the UK.

JazzieJonez Says:


Pretty dumb to think the image of this name was damaged just because there's a cow named Elsie. It's like saying you shouldn't use Clifford or Garfield for the same reasons

Myosotis Says:


I love this as a stand alone name! Unfortunately it's very popular here (past my threshold), so at the moment it's a GP. There's something almost book character like about Elsie. Like she'd be running about trying to help everyone, but getting into a bit of trouble, and adventures on the way. Plus I can really imagine it on a girl or woman of any age (maybe I'm just used to nickname names living in the UK :p). And it just screams vintage charm.

ThistleThorn Says:


Perhaps a nickname of Elsa?

Sarah Says:


My one-year-old is Elsie Rose, and it suits her so well. We have that popular "El" beginning to her name, but Elsie is much less common than Ella or Ellie, which is something we were going for. Her name suits her so well; she's funny, sassy, and spunky. I can't imagine her having any other name. Her big sister is Violet Elizabeth, and I think the names go well together.

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer Elsa and Elise.

Christin Says:


My 2 month old is named Elsie Autumn. The name means "noble" but I also like the "pledged to God" meaning :D

Kljbx Says:


Beautiful name. Deffo an option for my next child 😆

Brynie Says:


I found out the other day that my great, great grandmother was named Elsie. Possibly an option to honour family heritage? I really like the name also :)

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


Love Elsie I don't normally go for popular or well known name's but this is an exception as it's so beautiful I also think Elsie & Lila would make a cute sibling set or Elsie & Lincoln x