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What does Elsa mean?

Elsa [el-sa] as a girls' name is pronounced EL-sah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elsa is "God is my oath".

Short form of Elisabeth or Elizabeth. Literary: name of the lioness in the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson, which was made into a movie. Elsa was made popular as the name of the queen in Disney's 2013 film "Frozen". English actress Elsa Lanchester.

Associated with: oath, lioness, joy, queen.


Elsa has 7 variants: Else, Elsie, Elssa, Elsy, Helsa, Ilsa and Ilse.

Affiliated girl names: Ailsa and Alice.

Elsa has 50 more relations via Elisabeth, Elizabeth: Bella, Bess, Beta, Eilis, Eilish, Eleisa, Elisa, Elisah, Elise, Elissa, Eliz, Eliza, Elize, Elle, Ellie, Ellissa, Elliza, Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsee, Ellsey, Ellsi, Ellyse, Ellyssa, Ellyza, Els, Elsee, Elspet, Elspie, Elyse, Elyssa, Elyza, Elyzza, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Liesa, Lis, Lisa, Lise, Lisl, Lissa, Liza, Lusa, Lys, Lysa, Lyse, Lyssa, Lyza and Veta.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Elsaia, Ersa, ..

(male) Elfa, Elos, ..

How popular is Elsa?

Elsa is a very prominent first name for women (#477 out of 4276, Top 11%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#147095 out of 150436, Top 98%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Elsa for girls. Elsa reached its highest position of #245 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #286 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elsa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elsa outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the history of the girl name Elsa and corresponding names. Elizabeth (#14 in 2014), Ellie (#55), Bella (#70), Alice (#97), Elise (#166), Eliza (#212), Elsie (#336), Elle (#395), Elisa (#498), Elisabeth (#603), Elyse (#611), Lisa (#750), Elissa (#1064), Elyssa (#1525), Liza (#1709), Lise, Lissa, Veta, Lyssa, Else, Ailsa, Bess, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa and Leisa are the prominent alternative forms of Elsa (#286 in 2014) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Elsa was widespread among parents 134 years ago (median #1189) and is now significantly reduced (#1125, 71.1% less usage), with versions such as Elsie going out of style. The most fashionable baby names in this list are Ellie, Elsa, Elise, Eliza, Elle, Elyse and Bella.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elsa, Alice, Bella, Bess, Elisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elisabeth, Elise, Elissa, Eliza, Elizabeth in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elle, Ellie, Else, Elsie, Elyse in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elyssa, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lisa, Lise, Lissa, Liza, Lyssa, Veta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elsa, Ailsa, Alice, Bella, Elise outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eliza, Elizabeth, Elle, Ellie, Elsie, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names


Elsa is alike in pronunciation to Elza, Illsa, Ilsae and Ilsaie. Other suggested similar names are Alysa, Ealga, Eda, Edma, Eena, Eeva, Eira, El, Ela, Elba, Elbe, Elda, Elesha, Elga, Eli, Elia, Elika, Elina, Elis, Elish, Elisha, Elisia, Elka, Elke, Ella, Ellan, Ellba, Ellga, Elli, Ellia, Elly, Elma, Elna, Eloisa, Elon, Elona, Elsha, Elshe, Eltha, Elva, Elvah, Elvia, Elysa, Elysia, Ema, Emma, Enda, Enza, Erda, Erga, Erma, Essy, Esta, Etta, Eula, Euna, Eva, Evia, Ewa, Gisa, Ilisa, Isa, Mesa, Nilsa, Olisa, Risa, Rosa, Rysa, Tesa, Tisa and Ursa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elsa.