Elle: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Elle

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.

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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!

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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.

Nicknames for Elle: | Edit

Ellie
L
Elle-belle/Ellie-belly

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Famous real-life people named Elle: | Edit

Elle Fanning, American actress
Elle Macpherson, Australian supermodel

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"

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