The meaning of the name “Elsa” is: “Joyful; Noble; God is my oath”.
Additional information: Elsa is the shortened form of the Hebrew name “Elisheba” as well as the Greek name “Elisabeth”. It was originally a nickname of Elizabeth, but now used as a given name. In the Christian Old Testament, Elisabeth was the wife of the prophet Zachariah. They became parents to John the Baptist, who was a very important figure in Christian history. The Hebrew Elisheba was the wife of Aaron, the man who took charge of the Israelites after Moses. Elsa, as the pet name of these famous names, shares their heritage. Its meaning is “God is my oath.”
The name Elsa was very popular in the US in 1899, making the top 500 list, before spiraling down to nearly 0 babies named Elsa in 1990. Since the Disney movie Frozen came out in 2013 it has seen an increase again in popularity. In 2014 it was in the top 500 most popular girl’s name list in the US and in Canada, ranked at 88th most popular in the UK, and was in Australia’s top 100 girl’s names as well, marking the best year for the name ever. Elsa is currently a popular name in Sweden - it was #16 in 2006. Many people like to use some of the variations of the name, such as Elsie, Ilsa, Elsy, or Elsee. It can be commonly seen misspelled as “Elssa” or “Ellsa”.
When you search for famous people with the name Elsa, you’ll find that the name of one of the main characters in the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner. There is also a song called Supersonic by the band Oasis which uses the name Elsa in the lyrics. Elsa Schiaparelli was a fashion designer of the 1920s and 30s. Elsa Einstein was the second wife of the famous Dr. Albert Einstein. In the Indiana Jones movies, Elsa Schneider was one of the villains that Harrison Ford’s character faced. Elsa was the name of the lioness featured in the book and film 'Born Free'. More recently you’ll hear of Elsa being the star of the animated Disney movie Frozen, where she is the queen of the country Arendelle.
Elsa is a diminutive of Elizabeth, but it also has some nicknames of its own. Among those are Els, Elsie, and Elsy. Many people choose the name as a nice alternative to other similar, yet more popular baby girl names today like Emma and Ella.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Elsa for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Elsa is a girl name.
The name Elsa is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Finnish speaking countries, German speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries, Swedish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Elsa we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Elsa Name Meaning
The meaning of Elsa is “Joyful; Noble; God is my oath”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Elsa and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Elsa and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Elsa is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Elsa
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Elsa displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Elsa Boy Name Popularity Chart
Elsa Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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