Eloise: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Eloise

Eloise

Pronunciation: EH-loh-eez (key)

Origin of the name Eloise:

Of uncertain origin and meaning, some believe it is from the Germanic Helewidis, a compound name composed of the elements haila (hale, hearty, sound) and vid (wide). Others believe it is a feminine form of Louis, which is from the Old High German Hluodowig (famous in war), a compound name composed from the elements hluod (famous) and wīga (war): hence, "famous in war." The name was borne by the wife (d. 1164) of French theologian Peter Abelard (1079 - 1142) whose secret marriage was avenged by Eloise's uncle in the manner of Abelard being beaten and castrated. He became a monk and Eloise became an abbess of a nunnery.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Eloise: | Edit

We are due in April with a little girl. We are anticipating naming this princess, Eloise. It is an uncommon name yet elegant and not too 'out there'. Can't wait to use this name!

Hello and God Bless to all My name is Eloise but it is pronounced *EE-LOY-ISS* ~~iss as in swiss- most people mistake it for El-lou-eez. i like the name and love the meaning. What a warrior I am. LOL.

Personal experiences with the name Eloise: | Edit

My daughter, Eloise, is now 16 years old and I think we have only come across one other Eloise in all these years. It's such a pretty name and she always gets compliments on it. I have prayed over the years that the name doesn't gain too much popularity and, so far, so good!! I'm surprised to see so many songs with the name Eloise in them, making it more surprising that the name hasn't really taken off in a big way!

My daughter (2) is Eloise. I love the name and have my fingers crossed it doesn't become popular....

I have a niece named Eloise (now 3) and the name suits her perfectly... young, feminine, fun.

Our daughter (b 2007) is named Eloise to honor her grandmother Louise. We were surprised when we moved from Boston to Quebec to find it ranked #59 in QC.

My daughter born 2009 is named Eloise for my Grandmother. I think it is so pretty and I don't know anyone else named Eloise. We sometimes call her Ellie as a nickname.

My 2 year old Eloise LOVES her name:)I think her name fits her princess like personality perfectly:)We also call her LuLu for short(as in eLOise)Her middle name is Mae.

My name is Eloise. I've never really liked the name as ever since I can remember I have diliked many names that it is shortened/similar to such as Ellie, Ella and Louise. I've known lots of people by those names as I've grown up and many people have misheard my name and called me by them which is rather annoying. My parents have always called me Elwy (pronounced elle-wee) and Elwa. Both I prefer over Eloise as they remind me of folkstory and fairtale folk; a name you might call a pixie or a nymph or some other magical beauty. Nowadays my friends call me Elsie as well as Elwy and Elwa; I answer to all three.

I named my 5 month old daughter Eloise Rose. We didn't name her until we saw her. It fits her perfectly. We call her "Elwy" for short (because of a nickname I found on this site). I've only ever got great responses from her name. Some people have to ask twice after I say we call her "Elwy". But I don't mind. I'm glad that her name is not too common, yet beautiful.

We named our daughter Eloise May after my mother Lois May. It suits her very well! We think it sounds classic and beautiful and have received quite a few compliments on our choice. She is sometimes called "Ellie" or "Ellie May" by others but is called "Wee-dgie", "Louise" or many other variations by her father:)

I am named Eloise and I wouldn't recommend it. As a three-syllable name it is bound to get shortened. I've had so many nicknames (Ouisie, Ouisa, Ellie, Elle, Ella, Lois, Louise etc.) that I respond to nearly anything. We moved around a lot when I was younger and I did used to go by "Ellie" but people assumed my name was Eleanor, so I started calling myself "Eloise" again however it is often mispronounced (I've had everything from "Ella-weez" to "EE-loys") and people called me "Ellie" anyway (there was six+ other Ellie's in my year). I have met multiple other Eloise's growing up and the name seems to be becoming more popular. As I child I got very fed up with being called "Louise" or asked to repeat/spell my name. It is very girly/feminine but it only works in the right location and with the right personality. I would strongly recommend giving the child a simple middle name that they can go by if they decide they really dislike the name. I now go by "Elsie" and am fairly comfortable with my name, but growing up it really bothered me.

Nicknames for Eloise: | Edit

Ellie/Elly
Ella
Elle
Elsie
Elsa
Elise
Els/Elz
Elzee
Elf
Elo (as in 'ello, 'ello!)
Lulu
Lolo
Lola
Lucy
Lou
Lily
Lula
Lulabelle
Lois
Ouisie
Ayla (based on the French pronunciation.)

Meanings and history of the name Eloise: | Edit

Eloise is the english form of the modern french name Éloïse (pronounced ay-lo-eez) which comes from the old french name Héloïse. The name Héloïse is thought to come from the Germanic name Helewidis (composed of the elements heil "hale, healthy" and wid "wide".) Eloise is associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun". It is also associated sometimes with the name Louise, though there is no likely etymological connection to between the two. Eloise is of mainly teutonic origin and with it's meanings being noble one and a healthy person.

The name was made famous in the 12th century by the love letters between Heloise and Abelard.

Hurricane Eloise was the fifth tropical storm, fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 1975 Atlantic hurricane season. The most destructive hurricane, and the only hurricane to hit the United States in that season. When Eloise hit the Florida Panhandle as a major hurricane, it became the only major hurricane to hit Panama City, Florida in the century.

Eloise, an opera by Karl Jenkins.

Famous real-life people named Eloise: | Edit

Eloise Mumford (born 1986), American actress
Eloise Greenfield (born 1929), American author
Eloise Jarvis McGraw (born 1915), American author
Daughter of Denise Richards

Eloise in song, story & screen: | Edit

Written Word:
Eloise, eponymous character from Kay Thompson's 1950s children's book series
Eloise Kelly, a character from Lauren Willig's "Pink Carnation" novels
Eloise Drew, character in the Nancy Drew mystery series
Eloise Midgen, character in the "Harry Potter" universe
Eloise Pritchart, fictional character in David Weber's "Honorverse" series of novels
"Eloisa to Abelard," a 1717 poem by Alexander Pope
Eloise is a song sung by Barry Ryan and written by Paul Ryan.

Song:
"Sweet Eloise," song by Glenn Miller
"Eloise," song by Barry Ryan
"Eloise," song by Chris James
"Eloise," song by Claude Francois
"Eloise," song by Culver City Dub Collective
"Eloise," song by Danny Wilde & The Rembrandts
"Eloise," song by Dave Frishberg
"Eloise," song by Des Ark
"Eloise & Alex," song by Devon Sproule
"Éloïse," song by Donald Lautrec
"Eloise Eloise Eloise," song by Eloise
"Eloise," song by Eunice Sim
"Eloise," song by George "Bongo Joe" Coleman
"Eloise," song by Gerard Joling
"Éloïse," song by Gilles David Orchestra
"Eloise," song by James Luther Dickinson
"Eloise," song by Matt Suggs
"Eloise," song by Mino Reitano
"Eloise," song by Nerissa & Katryna Nields
"Eloise," song by Nick Motil
"Eloise," song by Nude
"Eloise," song by Oliver Darley & William Bell
"Eloise," song by Ralph Willis
"Eloise," song by Richard Clayderman
"Eloise," song by Robert Crenshaw
"Eloise," song by Rogue Motel
"Eloise," song by Seth Kallen
"Eloise," song by South African National Symphony Orchestra
"Eloise," song by Steve Larkman
"Eloise," song by The Damned
"Eloise," song by The Headers
"Eloise," song by Vinyl Kings
"Eloise (Hang On In There)," song by William Bell
"Eloise Put Down Your Gun," song by Danceable in Victor
"Eloise, Don't Play Me for a Fool", song by Big Maceo
"Dear Eloise," song by The Hollies
“Miss Eloise,” song by John Lee Hooker
“Sweet Eloise,” song by White Hassle
Lord T & Eloise, a crunk rap group from Memphis, Tennessee
Eloise, a metal band from Toledo, Ohio
"Eloise," song by Say Anything

Screen:
Eloise Hawking, portrayed by Fionnula Flanagan on the TV show "Lost"

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