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What does Elspeth mean?

Elspeth Pronunciation of Elspeth [el-speth] as a girls' name is pronounced ELS-peth. It is of Scottish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Elspeth is "God is my oath". Scottish short form of Elizabeth. Author Elspeth Huxley.

Associated with: scottish, oath.


Elspeth has 4 variants: Elsbet, Elsbeth, Elspet and Elspie.

Related girl name: Elsie.

12 more related forms via Elizabeth: Ebeth, Elisabeth, Elisebeth, Elizbeth, Ellspet, Elsabeth, Else, Elsee, Elsie, Elzabeth, Lisbeth and Lysbeth.

Creative forms:
(female) Elispeth, Elspetha, ..

(male) Eleph, Elsme, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elspeth Areli (E.A.), ..

How popular is Elspeth?

Elspeth is a rare given name for females. Elspeth is also a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Elizabeth (#13 from recent data), Elsie (#386), Elisabeth (#718), Lisbeth, Elizbeth and Else are the prominent variation forms of Elspeth (not ranked). Other forms, like Ellspet, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Elspeth reached its apex in the 1880s (median #923) and has become significantly less since (#1186, down 84%), with versions such as Elsie becoming somewhat dated. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elisabeth, Elizabeth, Elizbeth, Else, Elsie, Lisbeth in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Elsie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Elshe and Liseth. Like Elspeth, these names are not commonly used.

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