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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Gaiety

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Elsie

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Elsie in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Elsie:

  • Records indicate that 168,649 girls in the United States have been named Elsie since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 5,197 people in the U.S. were given the name Elsie. Those people are now 102 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Elsie

    79% Approval Rating
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      11 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Elsie and... its an amazing name. Although it is NOT associating the person with a COW. its just unbelievable how people could say these things about a NAME. The name Elsie makes me feel diverse and unique. When people at work mention the name Elsie in their documents, i know its me. It just makes you feel... special.. in a way..." Feb. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is elsie and frankly speaking i have only met one other person in my life called elsie and that was a parrot....i love my name its unique and sound intelligent and also fun....although people still think elsie is associated with cows i think its a good means i have a unique when someone calls my name out loud i know its me" Dec. 8, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a daughter names Elsie Scarlett who was named after her great grandmother on my husbands side; Elsie May Scheetz. I did not like Elsie May too much so we made it Elsie Scarlett. I did not like Elsie at first but it grew on me and it does fit her. She is cute as a button!" May. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend is a native american and she had a beautiful, raven haired, bronze skinned little girl named Elsie. The name is perfect for her." Jan. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I ever have a daughter, I think about naming her Elsie after my beloved grandmother, the kindest woman I've ever known. She was born in 1912. It is very old fashioned though, and not in a trendy way. Still I love it." May. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "ELsie is my name and I was named after my Great Great Grandmother, whos name was Elsie Isabella Sophronia. I never met her, but heard from family she was loving and caring. I was born in 1995 and never got teased with the whole "Elsie the Cow" thing." Mar. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! Was thinking of naming my baby girl Elisabeth, shortened to Elsie." Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Elsie. That was my late Grandmother's name. I loved her dearly and when I hear the name I think of how loving,caring, and kind she was. It fits older women more but I don't think that if a young girl had the name Elsie she would be made fun of, if anhything she would be remembered by everyone she meets for her unique name." Nov. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my baby daughter is named elsie primrose it was the pettiest name e came up with towards the end of my pregnancy" Nov. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally love my name!!! Although people often misspell it "elise" is often the name. I really dislike it when that happens :( other than that it's been fantastic not having anyone else share my name, other then my grandmother and my mother. and how cool is it that it means gaiety and mirthful, that's always a plus!" Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it will make a come back. Sounds kinda like Emma and Ella." Apr. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Elise and everybody callls me Elsie..i am sorry but i personally dont like the is a cow for goodness sake..." Mar. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just imagine...having a child called Elsie may result in having a grandchild called Maureen or Joyce or Shirley and then a great-grandchild called Tina, Debbie, Jackie or Tracey. A name like Elsie is still a bit Gertrude-ish, but less hideous than Gertrude." Jan. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Elsie is an old lady's name, not that of a young girl. Also, whenever people in England mention the name, they'd think of the northern English soap 'Coronation Street' and its '60s and '70s sex-symbol Elsie Tanner" Dec. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "My daughter just gave birth to a baby girl and named her Elsie .I am not sure about it but sure it will grow on me as she gets older. She can shorten it to Elle maybe?" Sep. 15, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother's name was Elsie Agnes and I think Elsie is a great name. My grandma was a really feisty woman with a wicked sense of humour and was a great beauty in her day. That is how I regard the name Elsie. It is starting to emerge a bit more in Australia (where I live) amongst those who like old fashioned names but don't want to go with the more common ones such as Ella or Ruby." Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Elsie is the ninth least used female name in the UK while Edna is second on the female endangered list and Ethel and Edith are third and 11th respectively. As for the grandad names which begin with E, Ernest is fifth on the male endangered list whilst itself ahead of both Edgar (in 11th place) and Edwin (in 14th)." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Elsie makes me think of it as an English version of "Ilsa" (Ingrid Bergman) from Casablance, who is a character I really liked." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 year old niece is named Elsie. She's named after my great grandmother who was Edna Elsie, so I was just glad that they didn't name her Edna. I told my brother and sister-in-law it was a cow's name, but they didn't listen to me. I hated it at first and always called her Elsie Grace to take the sting away from just plain Elsie, but I'm use to it now. She's a gorgeous child and the name fits her. I can't imagine her with any other name." Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Best known in Britain in recent times from Coronation Street's Elsie Tanner, a feisty flame-haired character as opposed to the more unsexy characters of hair-netted old battleaxe Ena Sharples, snobbish pub landlady Annie Walker, and curler-wearing gossip queen Hilda Ogden." Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Elsie Tanner was the original sex-symbol of the northern English soap 'Coronation Street'. She was known for her red hair-do and being unlucky-in-love, always going for the wrong kind of men, usually ones who already had wives they refused to leave." Jan. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elsie and I was born in 1938. The advent of the popular Borden mascot "Elsie the Cow" in 1939 made the name practically unusable after that. I know -- I was teased unmercifully during my childhood with that epithet." Oct. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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