Gender: Female Pronunciation: LEEZ-el Origin of Liesl: German, diminutive of Elizabeth Meaning of Elizabeth: Hebrew, "pledged to God"

Liesl Origin and Meaning

The name Liesl is a girl's name of German origin.

While we long dismissed Liesl as being stuck in the Alps with Heidi, the Nameberry community has forced us to reconsider. Yes, like Heidi, Liesl is an old German nickname-name that has never quite moved beyond its Alpine image. But the same thing might have been said of Elsa a few years ago, and many other names that once seemed inextricably tied to their countries of origin -- think Enzo and Saoirse and Freya and Soren. So c'mon down, Liesl, and join the multicultural gang of names prime for picking the world over. Many people associate the name with Liesl von Trapp, the eldest daughter in The Sound of Music, who is "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", as her song famously says. Liesl is also one of the more unusual girl names starting with L, the most fashionable starting consonant of the moment.

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sELEAr Says:


I love this name! Love German names like this. Sound is so pleasing

Carolinekalmes Says:


The only exposure to this name I've had is from sound of music. But I remember loving the name as A kid and I still do! It's uncommon and it feels really fresh and lovely to me. Nameberry, give more info and less negative opinions 🙄

DandeeLion Says:


Wow Nameberry. You could have outlined the beautiful history of the name Liesl - Sound of Music and how it comes from the Hebrew Elisheba and is the Austrian form of Elizabeth. It's beautiful, smart and creative. Instead you chose to put it down along with another name. Despite your rude comment, it is going on my shortlist.

MarlysAdele Says:


Oh, please. Nameberry is stuck in the alps. Liesl is a beautiful name (maybe I'm a BIT biased), and fits so many different personalities.

lizway Says:


I personally like Liesel's spelling better, but this is still a gorgeous name. I don't think it's 'stuck in the Alps' at all.

fromtheocean12 Says:


I bet to differ with Nameberry - Liesl is a beautiful name and not at all "stuck in the Alps", and neither is Heidi. Liesl sounds musical and sweet, and reminds me of the Sound of Music and the Book Thief. I really wish Nameberry wouldn't write rude things about names in their summaries. I understand it's their opinion, but I just wish that they'd be more respectful about it.

headintheclouds Says:


Liesl isn't stuck on the Alps with Heidi at all! As many previous commenters have pointed out, Heidi is considerably "mainstream" popular and while Liesl is not as internationally recognizable, I think it's certainly usable for modern day. I actually really like Liesl- it's got a quaint, darling old-world charm to it, and I like this spelling variant that keeps it more "European" to me than Liesel. My first association of Liesl is actually her skipping about the Austrian mountains, perpetually stuck being sixteen going on seventeen! :b

vintageisfave Says:


I'm really starting to like Liesl. It's cute and spunky. Also, I pronounce it lee-sil. Is that wrong? Or can I pronounce it that way? I don't really like it pronounced leez-il. It sounds like "sleazy" to me.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I can't decide whether I like Liesl or not. On one hand, I feel it could fit basically any personality. On the other, it looks a bit like "lies!" when you read it too fast. Maybe the spelling Lieszl or Liezl would make me like it more.

Lela Says:


I want to love this name as I adore the movie, but only hear "weasel" and see "lies." For an American name it feels a little German-specific, so unless my heritage there was deep, I wouldn't use it.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I know! I adore that movie (and this name-- prefer this to Liesel.)

HopefulMommy Says:


I love this name.

Addie88 Says:


Some of the Nameberry commentary is so snarky and unhelpful. I don't care about so much about their clipped opinions as I do about actual information on a name.

Alsace Says:


I love the sound of this name, however, I can't help but see the word "lies".

SimoneKadele Says:


Yes, my thoughts exactly. I love Liesl!

indiefendi2 Says:


Wasn't Elsa "stuck in the Alps" 2 years ago? Hmmmm.

MarieLalie Says:


The editors of Nameberry really need to stop writing such rude things about certain names. I won't say they'll have to stop giving their opinion (even if honestly people come here searching for information about names, not for their two cents, but that's my opinion), but they have to stop being rude. Liesl is a beautiful name and has history.

MissKaris Says:


You know, as much as I love nameberry, they can be extremely rude sometimes.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


"I'm Liesl. I'm sixteen and I don't need a governess." Lol

Thia76 Says:


I absolutely love both Heidi and Liesl...and the Alps, too.

alb33 Says:


This is my daughter's name, and there is quite a bit more to say about it than it is "stuck in the Alps with Heidi." We are constantly complimented for her name AND the awesome nickname, Lise, which comes with it. The name is bright and cheery while also being vintage, and it goes really well with her siblings' names, Margot and Francis. We have met several adults named Liesl as well, and they carry it beautifully.

SoDallas3 Says:


No, it's such a silly thing to say, I don't know why they did. Heidi is fairly popular in Australia, personally I prefer Heidi to Liesl. Liesl feels quintessential German to me in a stereotypical way, where Heidi feels a bit more modern, Liesl does have the benefit of being connected the Sound of Music. But I'd prefer Elisabeth nn Liesl.

SimoneKadele Says:


Okay, Nameberry. I like both Heidi and Liesl. Am I stuck in the Alps??

mill1020 Says:


I love this name and would totally want to use it if we didn't already have an Elise (too similar).

Catastroffy Says:


I think this is a very lovely name and a perfect combination of pretty, energetic and natural, at the same time as not being either childish or old. I love the sound and the meaning.

shieldsc Says:


I love this name, and Heidi as well. My daughter has a good friend named Heidi, and my newest niece is named Liesl. I definitely agree with others that you need to update your description for this name.

eveyalecia Says:


Don't agree with the Nameberry summary at all-- first of all, I have a cousin named Heidi, so that's certainly not "stuck in the Alps" and second of all, Liesl is lovely! The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies, and I think Liesl is a great name. Especially with Elsa becoming so popular, I think Liesl will catch on soon as well.

Lotties_dad Says:


My grandmother was Liesl growing up. I think this name is going to become popular.

leonoras Says:


Liesl is sixteen, going on seventeen...I actually really like this name.