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God is my oath
Etymology & Historical Origin - Elyse
Elyse is one of the many English diminutives of Elizabeth. The name Elizabeth has been around since the Middle Ages, mainly popularized by the French (using the spelling Elisabeth). Its widespread usage is owed mainly to Elizabeth from the Christian New Testament; the name was borne by the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57). The name is essentially Hebrew in origin (Elisheva) and means “God is my oath.” See the Elizabeth name page for more detail. The 13th and 14th century saints Elizabeth of Hungary and Elizabeth of Portugal also helped cement a healthy regard for this name during precarious medieval times when naming children after venerable saints was a widespread trend (really, a protective measure). Once Elizabeth became established as a super common name, pet forms became more necessary to distinguish among the many Elizabeths. In fact, Elizabeth has birthed more diminutives and pet forms than perhaps any other name: Babette, Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Bette, Betty, Buffy, Eliza, Ella, Ellie, Elsa, Elsie, Elyse, Libby, Liddy, Lilibet, Lillian, Lisa, Lise, Liz, Liza, Lizbeth, Lizette and Lizzie. And that’s just a partial list! Of course all of these colloquial forms of Elizabeth eventually morphed into independently given names in their own right over time. Elyse is an example of this.
Popularity of the Name Elyse
Elyse first achieved a position on America’s Top 1000 list of baby girl names in 1944; although back then the name didn’t climb very far. In 1957 Elyse retreated back into the shadows of obscurity and remained off the charts for about 25 years. The name reemerged on the Top 1000 list in 1983, but this time she soared upwards. Why the sudden interest? A new sitcom debuted at the end of 1982 called “Family Ties” which would eventually reach over 25 million households. The mother of the family, Elyse Keaton (played by Meredith Baxter-Birney), is the independent, ex-hippie, “cool” mom to the ultra conservative teenaged son, Alex P. Keaton (played by a young Michael J. Fox). So millions of Americans were reminded of Elyse and re-embraced it as a name to use (at least for a little while). During the 1990s, Elyse headed back down the charts. Today she’s hovering around the lower half of the Top 1000 but she also has a fair amount of competition with other Elizabeth-inspired names (especially the French spelling of Elise). Elyse remains a lovely name choice. It’s just getting lost in the mix right now.
Popularity of the Girl Name Elyse
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Elyse
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Elyse
Elyse We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Elyse.
Popular Songs on Elyse
Elyse - a song by Enchant
Children's Books on the Baby Name Elyse
Elyse - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Elyse.
Famous People Named Elyse
Famous People Named Elyse - Elyse Knox (model/actress); Elyse Levesque (Canadian actress); Elyse Sewell (America's Next Top Model contestant); Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (gymnast); Elyse Luray (art historian/appraiser and TV personality); Elyse Gasco (Canadian writer); Elyse Taylor (Australian model)
Children of Famous People Named Elyse
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Elyse - Ted Knight (actor)
Elyse - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Elyse - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Elyse.
Personality of the Girl Name Elyse
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Elyse