Elsa Meaning and Origin

Probably the best-known Scandinavian girl name, thanks to the Frozen Disney movie. This name holds a top spot in the hearts of many Scandinavians. If you prefer something a little less popular you could opt for the name Else. The name Elsa is a girl’s name meaning “pledged to god” and is of Swedish and German origin. The name Elsa is a short form of the Hebrew name Elizabeth, like other pet names of Elisabeth, Elsa became a name in its own right. It was first recorded in Sweden in the 15th century and came into general use in Scandiana after the 19th century. After the release of Disney’s 2013 Frozen, the number of babies named Elsa doubled in 2014 compared to 2013 in the US. The name Elsa has been used for centuries and has been borne by many notable people, including Elsa Barker, an American poet and novelist; Elsa Einstein, the second wife of physicist Albert Einstein; and Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian fashion designer known for her innovative designs in the 1920s and 1930s.

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