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Meaning and name origin
Ilse \i-lse, il-se\ as a girl's name is pronounced ILL-sah. It is of German and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ilse is "God is my oath". Short form of Elisabeth.
Ilse has 8 variant forms: Ellsa, Elsa, Else, Ilisa, Illsa, Ilsae, Ilsaie and Ilsa.
For more information, see also the related girl name Elizabeth.
Ilse is a very popular first name for females (#1689 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#71751 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ilse and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elisabeth, Elizabeth, Elsa and Else. (2015 statistics).
Ilse is also pronounced similarly to Ailse, Ellse and Els. Other suggested similar baby names are Ilise, Ilka, Ilke, Ilysa, Ilyse and Ilysse. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ilse.