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Gender: Female Meaning of Ilsa: "pledged to God" Origin of Ilsa: German variation of Elizabeth

The name Ilsa is a girl's name of German, Spanish, Dutch origin meaning "pledged to God". Ilsa and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Ilsa is remembered as the radiant but tragic heroine of "Casablanca," and it's having something of a European resurgence.

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Famous People Named Ilsa

Ilze "Ilsa" Konrads, Latvian-Australian Olympic swimmer
Ilsa J. Bick, American novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Ilsa

Ilsa Lund, character in movie "Casablanca," portrayed by Ingrid Bergman
Ilsa Hermann, character in book/movie "The Book Thief"
Ilsa Brandes, main character in "Ilsa" by Madeleine L'Engle
"Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS," 1975 Nazi exploitation movie
Ilsa Haupstein, character in Hellboy comics
Ilsa Prejean, character in Kat Falls' "Inhuman."
Ilsa Pucci, character on TV's "Human Target"
Ilsa Shickelgrubermeiger, character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
Ilsa Faust, character in 2015 film "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation"

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kmdharrington Says:


ILL(like under the weather)-sa

Willow_Carter Says:


How do you produce this?

FableJuno2222 Says:


Pretty cute but it sounds a bit weak and soft. Not fit for ones' with the athletic nature

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I adore this name, if only it wasn't so close to my own name :/

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senseandsensibility Says:


Combination of Elsa and Ilse (I know, its another variation). I think it's quite unique name (correct me if I'm wrong), but it's also feminine and soft sounding. Like it a lot!