Meaning and Name Origin
Elke \e-lke, el-ke\ as a girls' name is pronounced EL-kah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Elke is "noble". German variant of Alice and nickname of Adelaide. Also a feminine form of Elkan. Actress Elke Sommer.
Elke has 27 more related variations via Adelaide, Alice: Adde, Aide, Ailie, Ala, Ali▼, Alice▲, Alie, Alika, Aliki, Aline▼, Alis, Alise, Aliz, Alla, Alles, Alli, Allie▲, Ally▼, Alyce▼, Alys, Alyse, Delle, Eline, Elli, Ellie▲, Ellsa and Elsa▲.
Elke is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2588 out of 4276, Top 61%) and also a somewhat popular surname for all people (#73242 out of 88799, Top 82%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elke and related names. Prominent variation forms of Elke (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Adelaide (#316 the previous year), Ali, Alice (#97), Aline, Allie (#257), Ally (#736), Alyce, Alyse, Ellie (#55) and Elsa (#286). Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during 1900-1909 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Ali, Aline, Ally and Alyce becoming less in vogue. The most fashionable birth names in this compilation are Adelaide (#316), Alice (#97), Allie (#257), Ellie (#55) and Elsa (#286), with these names undergoing a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Elke is alike in pronunciation to Ilke and Ulka. Other suggested similar baby names are Eike, Elbe, Elga, Elice, Elika, Elis, Elise▲, Eliz, Elize, Elle▲, Ellse, Els, Else, Elsee, Elshe, Elsie▲, Elsy, Elyce, Elyse▲ and Elza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elke.