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Gender: Female Meaning of Ilse: "pledged to God" Origin of Ilse: Dutch variation of Ilsa

The name Ilse is a girl's name meaning "pledged to God". Ilse and is often added to lists like Dutch Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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Pronounced with two syllables, as if spelled Ilsa, Ilse is popular in The Netherlands and may rise here with cousin Elsa.

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Famous People Named Ilse

Ilse Bing, German photographer
Ilse Annoeska de Lange, singer for Dutch band The Common Linnets
Ilse Heylen, Belgian Olympic judoka
Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer
Ilse Charlotte (Still) Werner, Dutch-German singer/actress
Ilse Crawford, British interior designer

Pop Culture References for the name Ilse

Ilse, character in musical "Spring Awakening"
Ilse Burnley, character in the "Emily of New Moon" series by L. M. Montgomery


NaomiNY Says:


It sounds nice, but Ilse Koch forever ruined the name for me.

Daiseymae Says:


I love this name! So pretty.

kmdharrington Says:


I think that Ilse is different enough that it won't be an issue. Ilse is ILL-sa. Elsa is ELLE-sa

Isabella Reckenberg Says:


My great grandmother was an Ilse. My grandmother and mother both have the middle name Ilse. I love the name but too bad frozen ruined it for me.

Lola Says:


yes yes yes! So beautiful!

senseandsensibility Says:


I once met a girl named Ilse; she was very sweet, kind and well-behaved. Her younger brother was Joseph. Since that time I am enchanted with this name, alongside with Ilsa and Elsa - all three are beautiful.