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What does Ilse mean?

Ilse \i-lse, il-se\ 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.


Ilse has 8 variants: Ellsa, Elsa, Else, Ilisa, Illsa, Ilsa, Ilsae and Ilsaie.

For more information, see also the related girl name Elizabeth.

Ilse has 17 more different forms via Elisabeth: Bep, Elisa, Elisabet, Elise, Elisebeth, Els, Elsbeth, Liesbeth, Lilli, Lis, Lisa, Lisabel, Lise, Lisel, Liset, Liseth and Lisolette.


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 (#71751 out of 88799, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Ilse and corresponding names. 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 (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 and are somewhat less popular today, 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, with these names going through a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elisa, Elisabeth, Elise, Elizabeth, Elsa, Else, Lisa, Lise in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elise, Elizabeth, Elsa, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ilse is pronounced similarly to Ailse and Ellse. Other recommended similar baby names are Ilise, Ilka, Ilke, Ilysa, Ilyse and Ilysse. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ilse.