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Gender: Female Meaning of Elspeth: "pledged to God" Origin of Elspeth: Scottish variation of Elizabeth

The name Elspeth is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "pledged to God". Elspeth and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several of his female characters.

Elspeth Huxley was a prolific Kenyan-born U.K. writer, best known for the autobiographical The Flame Trees of Thika--she was connected by marriage to the illustrous Huxley family.

A close cousin is Elsbeth, as in the recurring character Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife. Embeth is a more distant relation.

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Famous People Named Elspeth

Elspeth Joscelin Huxley, British novelist
Elspeth Ballantyne, Australian actress
Elspeth Thompson, British gardener and writer
Elspeth Howe, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, English life peer
Elspeth March (b. Jean Elspeth Mackenzie), English actress
Elspeth Hanson, English violist of the string quartet Bond
Elspeth Attwooll, Scottish MEP
Elspeth Denning, Australian Olympic field hockey player
Elspeth MacGregor Cameron, Canadian biographer and poet
Elspeth Gibson, English fashion designer
Elspeth Hallsmith, birth name of Emma Smith, British novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Elspeth

Elspeth Gordie, character in Obernewtyn Chronicles
Elspeth Tirel, from Magic: The Gathering
Elspeth Noblin, character in Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

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