What does Ilse mean?
Ilse /ilse/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' 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.
Related girl name: Elizabeth.more]
How popular is Ilse?
Ilse is a very prominent first name for females (#1689 out of 4276, Top 39%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#81100 out of 150436, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Elisa (#498 a year ago), Elisabeth (#603), Elise (#166), Elizabeth (#14), Elsa (#286), Else, Lisa (#750) and Lise are the popular variation forms of Ilse (not in Top 1000). Variants like Lisabel are seldom used. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5268%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4604%, ▼12.6%), with the forms Elisabeth and Lisa becoming less fashionable. Elisa (#498), Elise (#166) and Elsa (#286) are three of the more trendy baby names here, and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for these names. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Ilse and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)