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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Scottish: Pledged to God; God is my oath; diminutive of Elspeth 

What Does Elsie Mean and Stand For? 

The name Elsie comes from the Scottish name Elspeth, which is a form of Elizabeth meaning "God is my oath." It was a popular name in the late 19th century that fell on the charts before rising in popularity again in the early 2000s. Since the turn of the 21st century, Elsie has been gaining rapid popularity with no sign of slowing down. 


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How Popular Is The Name Elsie

What Does the Name Elsie Mean? 

Elsie is a girls' name of Scottish origin, meaning "pledged to God." The name Elsie began as a diminutive of Elspeth, a Scottish form of Elizabeth meaning "God is my oath." Elsie has since become a standalone name that has gained popularity across the globe. 

How Popular is the Name Elsie? 

Elsie is the #221 most popular girls' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It has been gaining rapid popularity since 2005 when it ranked #920 on the charts. 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Elsie was at its peak popularity in September 2017. 

Popularity of the Name Elsie in the United States

Elsie was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Michigan
  • North Dakota
  • District of Columbia
  • Nebraska 
  • Montana

Famous People Named Elsie and Elsie in Pop Culture 

Famous Elsie's include Golden Globe Award-winning actress Elsie Fisher, British suffragette and Titanic survivor Elsie Bowerman, and American Olympic waterpolo player Elsie Windes.

Many celebrities have chosen the name Elsie for their daughters, including actress Zooey Deschanel,  English cricket captain Alastair Cook, actor Tom Ellis, and singer Nicolette Larson. 

Elsie is the name of the housekeeper in the popular TV series Downton Abbey, and is the name of a character played by Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl

Variations and Nicknames for Elsie 

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