Elle Name Meaning & Origin

Elle

Pronunciation: EHL (key)

This is emerging as a more modern, glossy take on Ella, thanks to model Elle McPherson, the fashion magazine Elle, and Elle Woods, the heroine of Legally Blonde. It's most often pronounced as one syllable.

From The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg. Buy the book

Looking for the perfect name? Try the Name MatchMaker to find the perfect baby name for you!

NameVoyager

US Popularity of Elle Over Time

Sister & Brother Names

Know an Elle? What are her siblings named?

Name Lists Featuring Elle

Contribute your knowledge to the name Elle

Comments and insights on the name Elle: | Edit

I know an Elle and she sometimes spells her name "L" in casual company. I think that's cute.

I think Elle is okay as a nickname for Elizabeth, Eleanor, etc. but it doesn't have enough substance as a full name. My cousin named her daughter Elle and some of my relatives said things like, "That's not a name, it's a French pronoun!" behind her back.

I named my baby Elle. When people ask her name, the reaction depends on their age. Older people look at me like I am crazy. Younger people LOVE the name. We call her Ellie sometimes at home for her nickname. But, for the most part, she will be known as Elle. I love it. So pretty!

I named my first daughter Elle Victoria. I love the name but it sometimes raises some eyebrows though I know another little girl called Elle. I think it is a beautiful, sophisticated name and suits her to the T (blond curly hair and blue eyes). So cute!

I like this name, but not on its own, it needs another name to go with it, like Elle-Marie, our short for another name like Ellington or Eleanor. (And it sounds like Elmo)

Personally, having the name "Elle" as my full name can be a nuisance due to the fact people 1. assume its not my full name, and 2. think it should be pronounce "Ellie" as if the "e" at the end makes it end with "y" or "ie". However, its easy to write, cute as a nickname or a full name, and can hold deeper meaning to it.

Personal experiences with the name Elle: | Edit

We named our daughter Elizabeth and we use Elle as a nickname.

I'm 16 and I'm named Elle (though my actual name is Julia Elena, my mom always called me Elle). I love the name; the only problem is that when people read it in print they always pronounce it like "Ellie." It really annoys me

There is a girl in my class named Elle she is mean to everyone and very stuck up and bossy

There's a girl in my grade named Elle. It's hilarious when a substitute takes attendance and mispronounces her name as "Ellie". I used to hate her but I'm just neutral on her now. My friend still hates her.

My name is Elle, and although my name is short and can pretty much be written as "L", it is mildly annoying and extremely common when people mispronounce it as Ellie. Another occurrence is getting asked if its my "full name" when in truth it is. However, I enjoy having this name and think its simple, but can hold a deeper meaning.

Nicknames for Elle: | Edit

Ellie
L
Elle-belle/Ellie-belly
Elle Bell

Meanings and history of the name Elle: | Edit
Share what you know!
Famous real-life people named Elle: | Edit

Elle Fanning, American actress
Elle Macpherson, Australian supermodel
Elle Fowler, Social Media Mogul
Elle Matthews (b. 1975) French & Canadian model of Armenian descent
Elle Evans, American model & actress appeared in Robin Thicke's music video "Blurred Lines"
Elle Navarro, American Model
Elle Liberachi, British Model of Italian & French Heritage
Elle Johnson , American Bikini Supermodel, born October 25, 1990 in Park City,Utah

Elle in song, story & screen: | Edit

Elle Woods from the film "Legally Blonde"
Special Agent Elle Greenway - Character on "Criminal Minds" portrayed by Lola Glaudini
Elle Bishop is a main character on the show "Heroes"
Eleven or Elle in Netflix "Stranger Things"
Elle Evans from Netflix's "The Kissing Booth"
Elle (stylized ELLE) is a worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment.
Founded in 1945
"Elle" 2016 French thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven
"Elle" a song by Sophie from Product
Elle - A Sri Lankan sport similar to baseball
Elle Tomkins, character in Netflix's, "The Society"
Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale, 2010 teen musical comedy-drama film about Elle Daniels

No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
65
No Way
Definitely

Smart?

78
No Way
Definitely

Sexy?

64
No Way
Definitely

Friendly?

64
No Way
Definitely

Creative?

61
No Way
Definitely

Strong?

61
No Way
Definitely

Young?

67
No Way
Definitely

Sophisticated?