Meaning and Name Origin
Elise \e-li-se\ as a girls' name is pronounced el-LEES. It is of French and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elise is "God is my oath". Short form of Elisabeth. The form Élise was popular in France in the 17th century and was well-used as an English name by the 19th century, probably made famous by an 1810 Beethoven piano piece, "Für Elise".
Elise is a very prominent first name for women (#609 out of 4276, Top 14%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Elise for girls. Elise reached its peak rank of #150 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is currently at #166. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elise and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Elise (#166 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Elizabeth (#14 a year ago), Elsa (#286), Elisa (#498), Elisabeth (#603), Elyse (#611), Lisa (#750), Lise, Elyssa, Elissa, Elisha and Elease. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1980-1989 and has become much lower since, with the forms Lisa, Elisabeth, Elyssa, Elissa and Elisha falling out of style. Elsa (#286), Elisa (#498), Elise (#166) and Elyse (#611) are four of the more fashionable baby names in this list, with Elisa, Elise, Elsa and Elyse undergoing a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Elise▲ is alike in pronunciation to Alice▲, Alis, Alise, Alisse, Alisz, Alize▼, Aloise, Alyse, Eilis, Eilise, Eleese, Elice, Eliesse, Elis, Eliz, Ellice, Ellis, Eloise▲, Elouise▼, Eloyse, Elysse and Ilise. Other suggested similar baby names are Eilish, Eleisa, Elika, Eline, Elisah, Elish, Elisia, Eliza▲, Elke, Elkie, Ellke, Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsee, Ellsey, Ellsi, Elois, Eloisa▼, Else, Elsee, Elshe, Elsie▲, Elssa and Elsy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elise.