Meaning and Name Origin
Else \e-lse, el-se\ as a name for girls means "God is my oath". Else is a variation of Elizabeth (Hebrew). Else is also a derivative of Elsa (Hebrew): short form of Elisabeth or Elizabeth. Else is also used as a derivative of Ilse (German, Hebrew).
Else has 48 more different forms via Elizabeth, Elsa, Ilse: Belle▼, Bess▼, Eilis, Eilish, Eleisa, Eliesse, Elisa▲, Elisah, Elise▲, Elissa▼, Eliz, Eliza▲, Elize, Elle▲, Ellie▲, Ellsa, Ellsee, Ellsey, Ellsi, Ellspet, Ellyse, Elsbeth, Elsee, Elsie▲, Elspet, Elspeth, Elspie, Elssa, Elsy, Elyse▲, Elyssa▼, Elyza, Helsa, Ilisa, Illsa, Ilsa, Ilsae, Ilsaie, Liese, Lis, Lisa▼, Lise, Lisel, Lisl, Lusa, Lys, Lysa and Lyse.
Else is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2369 out of 4276, Top 55%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#38096 out of 88799, Top 43%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Else for girls. Else entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #785 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Else and related names. Belle, Bess, Elisa (#498 a year ago), Elise (#166), Elissa, Eliza (#212), Elizabeth (#14), Elle (#395), Ellie (#55), Elsa (#286), Elsie (#336), Elyse (#611), Elyssa, Lisa (#750) and Lise are the popular alternative forms of Else. Usage of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1880-1889 and is almost as widespread today, but with the versions Belle, Bess, Elissa, Elyssa and Lisa falling out of style. The most fashionable girl names here are Elisa (#498), Eliza (#212), Ellie (#55), Elsa (#286) and Elsie (#336), with these names enjoying a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Else is pronounced similarly to Ailse. Other suggested similar baby names are Eilise, Elbe, Elease, Eleese, Elga, Elice, Eliese, Elis, Elisee, Elish, Elisse, Elka, Elke, Elkie, Ellke, Eloise▲, Eloyse, Elsha, Elshe, Elyce, Elysa, Elysse and Elza. These names tend to be less frequently used than Else.