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Updated June 10, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

What does Elise mean and stand for?


  • Danish: My God is an oath 
  • French: Consecrated to God; variation of Elizabeth
  • German: Noble

Gender: Female

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Elise is pronounced eh-LEES

The name Elise has origins in multiple cultures, primarily being a diminutive of the name Elizabeth. It is derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba, meaning "God is my oath," and has been adapted across various languages and cultures over centuries. Known for its classic and graceful connotation, Elise remains a beloved name choice around the world.

How Popular Is The Name Elise

Elise in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Elise de la Serre from Assassin’s Creed Unity - A noblewoman and a prominent character within the Assassin's Creed series.
  • Elise McKenna from Somewhere in Time - A famous actress and the love interest of the protagonist in this romantic fantasy film.
  • Elise Clifton-Ward from The Tourist - A mysterious woman who becomes the object of an international manhunt.
  • Elise Poldark from Poldark Series - A supporting character in the historical drama series based on the novels by Winston Graham.
  • Elise from Journey - The name is given to the protagonist in the musical journey video game who embarks on an adventure to reach the summit of a mountain.

Popularity of the Name Elise

According to Social Security Administration data, Elise has been relatively popular in the United States, maintaining a position within the top 200 names for several years. Elise peaked in popularity in the early 2010s, reaching as high as the 166th spot. The name Elise is of French origin and is often a diminutive of Elizabeth.

Historically, notable people named Elise include Elise Reimarus, a German writer and intellectual of the 18th century. In modern times, Austrian singer and songwriter Elise Bauman has brought contemporary recognition to the name. Fictional characters named Elise have appeared in media titles such as the movie The Adjustment Bureau and the video game Assassin's Creed Unity.

Where Is the Name Elise Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Elise

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Ellie
  • Lise
  • Lisie
  • Elle
  • Elly
  • Elsie

Elise Pairs Well with These Middle Names

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