Friday, December 5, 2014


Along with dozens of other names, Elsa comes from the name Elizabeth.  Of course, Elizabeth comes from the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva. It means either "my God is an oath", "my God is abundance" or "pledged to God". Elizabeth has been extremely consistent in its popularity over the years, having always been in the Top 30 since 1880.

The lovely German Elsa is also very consistent in its popularity since 1880 in the US. Since the release of the wildly successful movie Disney's Frozen in November 2013 featuring a Queen Elsa, the baby name Elsa is expected to leap up the charts in 2014.  Before Frozen, Elsa originally gained popularity as a name among English speakers because of Wagner's romantic opera Lohengrin in 1848. Elsa was the name of the heroine in the opera.

I chose to feature Elsa as part of Scandinavian week because, while it is mostly used in Germany, it also has usage in the Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Norway. Even Iceland has love for it!

Here in the US, Queen Elsa is everywhere these days so if you love the name Elsa but want to avoid trends and popularity, perhaps you should consider Elsie or Elise instead. In 2013, there were 560 baby girls named Elsa for a ranking of #528. Right now it isn't ranked too high but I expect this name to break into the 300s, at least, in 2014.

What do you think? Do you know any babies named Elsa? If so, what are their siblings named? What middle name did they receive? Here are some ideas if you're in need:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Annabelle, Charlotte, Grace, Hallie, Johanna, Olivia, Tilly
Brothers: Axel, Charles, Erik, Henry, Matthias, Miles, Sebastian

Middle Name Ideas:
Elsa Corinne
Elsa Juliet
Elsa Margaret
Elsa Violet

As a Middle Name:
Dagny Elsa
Harper Elsa
Kiersten Elsa
Maren Elsa

Elsa is a bit difficult to put in the middle name spot and also achieve good flow from first to middle to last, so it'd probably fit best in the first name spot.  What names would you suggest to go with Elsa?


zrenaek said...

I have a personal reason to love my name as it is Zola Renae :-) :-) :-)

Matthew Jacobs said...

I see that this post is old--But for anyone still looking,
I have a Son named Ewan Matthew--Born in 2009.
And we are Americans.
We have both Irish and Scottish heritage on both sides of our families and followed up by naming our second son Roan Christopher.
We Absolutely fell in love with Both names--And still love the Names. They are cute for babies, fun for kids(Plus short and easy to spell) and Masculine as well.
99% of the time they are pronounced wrong, misspelled, and misunderstood..But we don't mind and our kids don't mind. Having a name that represents our Heritage as well as being so Unique that we don't run into anyone bearing the same name is well worth it!

Colette said...

My name is Colette and my middle name is Elizabeth. My siblings names are Deirdre, Niall, and Gavin. My nickname (this is not much of a nickname since it is a longer Name than Colette) is Colettie Spaghetti. Hope this helps!! And, is Colette really coming back on the baby name chart? That is so cool!!

andreea said...

My french bulldog's name is zola...she's black, orphan and addopted... like that girl from grey's anatomy...


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