Girl Baby Name

Elsie

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Quick Facts on Elsie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 365
Pronunciation:
EL-see
Simple meaning:
Oath of God; God is my oath

Characteristics of Elsie

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Elsie

The name Elsie came to us from Scotland where it’s a form of Elizabeth. Historically, the Scots have used Elspeth in place of Elizabeth, which eventually developed into other pet forms: Elspie, Elspet and finally Elsie. Elizabeth is found in the Bible (Luke 1:57) as the mother of John the Baptist. 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. During the Middle Ages, people on the British Isles developed their form of the name from the French (Elisabeth) and the Latin (Isabel) so there are several variations of the name.

Popularity of the Name Elsie

The name Elsie was extremely popular back in the late 1800s and early 1900s during which time she averaged a Top 50 position on the U.S. charts. Elsie fell off the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1934, marking the first time since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. The name slowly and quietly lost favor with American parents as the decades progressed into the 20th century until it went into complete obscurity in 1976, falling off the charts altogether. The name remained in hibernation for 30 straight years until it reappeared on the charts in 2005. It is still not a heavily used name by any means, but it does appear to be mimicking the current trend that favors simple, charming old-fashioned names from 100 years ago. Elsie is cute and simple (like Ella, Ava or Emma). As the Scottish variant of the French Elisabeth or the Latin Isabel, Elsie can also be used as a pet form of these more classical names.
Popularity of the Girl Name Elsie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elsie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Elsie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elsie

    Elsie Dinsmore (The Elsie Dinsmore Series) Elsie is the truly holier-than-thou heroine of Martha Finley’s children’s book series written between 1867 and 1905. When her mother dies soon after Elsie’s birth, the baby is sent to live with her grandfather, while her own father travels in Europe. Upon his return the very Christian, 8 year old Elsie is forced to choose between adherence to her biblical principles and filial obedience to her godless father – not a choice many modern children might find compelling. Children of the last couple of centuries must have done so, however, as there are a full 28 books in the series!

    Elsie Speers (Tender is the Night) Elsie is the opportunistic, arguably amoral mother of Dick Diver’s extra-marital love interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth novel, Tender is the Night, first published in 1934. Her daughter Rosemary is a 17 year old Hollywood starlet who supports herself and her mother at her craft. Emotionally dependent on her mother, she rarely acts without consulting her. Elsie on her part is recognizing the need for Rosemary to wean herself away from the maternal influence, and what better way than by an affair with an older, married man. With almost frightening detachment, she encourages an affair openly to both parties, and does not countenance the possibility of damaging consequences. Although this might sound like a dream mother to some 17 year olds, in actuality, the Elsie Speers of the world, cheerfully self-contained, exert a potentially deadly effect upon the souls of others.

  • Popular Songs on Elsie

    Popular Songs on Elsie

    Elsie - a song by the Divinyls

    Lazy Elsie Molly - a song by Chubby Checker

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Elsie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Elsie

    Elsie Dinsmore Series: A Life of Faith (Martha Finley) - Originally published between 1867 and 1905, this extremely successful series has been adapted for more modern times. The basic plotlines still hinge on eight-year-old Elsie's attempts to gain her father's love while maintaining her Christian ethics. Elsie is motherless and lives with her uncle’s family on a southern plantation with her worldly father who seems indifferent to her religious principles. The original books have been reprinted as "Original Elsie Classics". In the new issue, the books in the series are called: Elsie's Endless Wait; Elsie's Impossible Choice; Elsie's New Life; Elsie's Stolen Heart; Elsie's True Love; Elsie's Troubled Times; Elsie's Tender Mercies and Elsie's Great Hope. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (Eleanor Farjeon) - "Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep" first appeared in 1937 and has been a favorite of storytellers and their audiences ever since. Little Elsie Piddock has such a talent for skipping rope that the fairies summon her to skip for them on nearby Mount Caburn and award her with a magical rope. Generations later, a new lord buys the land and threatens to build factories on the mountain. Every girl and woman comes to skip on Caburn one last time, but when the aged Elsie Piddock takes out her rope and begins to skip, it spells the end of the new lord and his plans. Mount Caburn is saved for the people and the fairies forever. Voake's ink drawings with watercolor washes clearly establish the turn-of-the-century English setting and illuminate the tale with deft, precise lines and delicate tints of color. Not to be confused with Farjeon's 1997 book with the same name, which is smaller in format and has completely different illustrations. A fine edition of a beautifully crafted story. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Elsie's Bird (Jane Yolen) - After her mother dies, Elsie and her father leave Boston and join other pioneers making a fresh start in Nebraska. Once moved into a new sod house, Elsie feels housebound and timid, “afraid to lose herself in the silence of the prairie,” and she aches for the familiar life she left behind. She finds some comfort in singing with her pet canary, Timmy Tune, who escapes one day while Papa is shopping for supplies in town. Chasing Timmy through the sea of tall grass, Elsie listens to the songs of the wild prairie birds for the first time. When she returns home, she finds Papa, who has traded a quilt for a menagerie of new animals that, together with the wild birds, create a sweet symphony that turns “her house into a true prairie home.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elsie's Clean Day (Debby Slierz) - Elsie the dog has a bath and tries to stay clean all day in this story told in word puzzle format. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Elsie

    Famous People Named Elsie

    Famous People Named Elsie - Elsie Baker (actress/singer); Elsie Ferguson (actress); Elsie de Wolfe (pioneer of the art of home decoration); Elsie Janis (singer/actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Elsie

    Children of Famous People Named Elsie

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

  • Historic Figures

    Elsie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Elsie

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 - Elsie

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