Girl Baby Name

Elise

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Quick Facts on Elise

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 159
Pronunciation:
eh-LEES
Simple meaning:
God is my oath

Characteristics of Elise

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elise

Élise is the French pet form of the name Elisabeth. The name developed into an individually given name in its own right and spread to English speaking countries by the late 19th century (where the accent on the first syllable is dropped). The name Elizabeth has been around since the Middle Ages, mainly popularized by the French (using the spelling Elisabeth). The name is most notably borne in the Bible by the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57). The name is essentially Greek (Elisabet) from the Hebrew (Elisheva) meaning “God is my oath.” Elisabeth became popularized by the French during the late medieval period as a given name, mostly influenced by two saints – St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Elizabeth of Portugal. Eventually several pet forms and nicknames were developed and the French Élise is one example of this. The name was ranked #54 in France (2007) and an impressive #7 in Belgium (2008).

Popularity of the Name Elise

The name Elise has been in use in America since at least 1880 (when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends). While the name has only enjoyed moderate to low usage, it has nonetheless maintained constant use for well over 100 years. This alone is an impressive achievement. The name has never reached a position on the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s names in the United States, but it is hitting the height of its popularity right now. The name just managed to claim a spot on the Top 200 list, its highest point ever. We are glad to see this, too. Elise is pretty and modern despite its connection to the ancient name Elisabeth. It reminds of some other lovely French female names (Denise, Louise and Thérѐse). They are sophisticated without being flashy or annoyingly trendy. Elise is a simple, two-syllable, elegant name. And the French were quite creative with their pet forms and nicknames. Not only did they give us Élise out of Elisabeth, but also Babette, Elsa, Lise and Lisette. Mais Élise est la plus jolie nom de tous. Merci!
Popularity of the Girl Name Elise
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elise

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elise

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elise

    Elise We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Elise.

  • Popular Songs on Elise

    Popular Songs on Elise

    A Letter to Elise - a song by The Cure

    A Perfect Day Elise - a song by P.J. Harvey

    Elise - a song by Don Williams

    Fur Elise - a piece composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elise

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elise

    Man Who Walked the Earth (Ian Wallace) - Andre and Elise’s father has gone in search of work, and may not be home for Christmas. The day he left, their mother set an extra place at the table in case a hungry stranger visits. “Wherever your father is, I hope someone will set a place for him,” she says. Eight months later, no one has come to their door. Then a mysterious stranger arrives on Christmas night and performs dazzling magic tricks. Can he use magic to bring back their father? In this wonderful story about the rewards of being kind to strangers, Ian Wallace has performed his own kind of magic. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Wanted, UFO (Beatrice Gormley) - Initially critical of Elise's belief in UFOs, Nick must eat his words when he and Elise witness the landing of a UFO in their very own neighborhood. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Elise

    Famous People Named Elise

    Famous People Named Elise - Élise Crombez (model); Élise Rivet (French WWII heroine); Elise Neal (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elise

    Children of Famous People Named Elise

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Elise - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Elise.

  • Historic Figures

    Elise - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Elise - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Elise.

Personality of the Girl Name Elise

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Elise

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