Elsie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Elsie

Elsie

Pronunciation: EHL-see (key)

Origin of the name Elsie:

Short form of Elizabeth (God is my oath) that is now commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Elsie: | Edit

Personally, I think this is a cute name. The only problem is that most people, including myself, automatically associate it with cows. Not exactly a compliment.

Borden's Milk Company created the cow family for their ads - Elsie and Elmer, the mom & dad, and Beulah and Beauregard, the kiddies. The Borden Cow family. I knew an Elsie when I was growing up - the kids called her "Elsie the Borden Cow". I agree it IS a cute name, but along with Bessie, these 2 nicknames for Elizabeth are stuck on the farm! If you want to name your daughter Elsie and you don't want her to be teased at school, I would advise sticking a "K" or "Ch" at the beginning of it (Kelsie or Chelsie), which would be more acceptable.

we broke taboo laws and went against my grandmothers warnings and named our little girl Elsie Ann. she is 3.5 yrs old and I still live that name. it fits her perfectly.

I'm 25 and I've never heard this name associated with a cow.

My husband's mother was called Elsie. She was such an elegant, beautiful person. We've just found out we're pregnant and if we have a girl, I'd love to honour my hubby's mum. But being an American, I grew up with the "Elsie the Cow" image. That's hard to shake. Thankfully, here in England, no one knows about that! Perhaps the name Eloise, Elinor/Eleanor or Elizabeth with Elsie as a nickname could be a compromise.

Personal experiences with the name Elsie: | Edit

My middle names are Elizabeth and Elsie. My nan on my mums side and my great nan on my dads side were Elsie. I never liked it as a child but I have grown to appreciate it more. I don't think my parents realised though in effect they have given me the same name twice!

Nicknames for Elsie: | Edit

Elle/Ella/Ellie/Elly
Nell/Nellie
Sie Sie/Sissy
Els/Elz
Sies/Cis
Elf/Elfie
Lily

Meanings and history of the name Elsie: | Edit

Diminutive of Elizabeth, Elisabeth, or Elise, meaning "God's promise". It is also used as an independent name.

Famous real-life people named Elsie: | Edit

Elsie de Wolfe, pioneering interior decorator and socialite
Elsie Baker, American actress and singer
Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer and the first female aircraft designer
Elsie Carlisle, popular English female singer
Elsie Ferguson, American stage and film actress.
Elsie Inglis, innovative Scottish doctor
Elsie Janis, American singer, songwriter, actress, and screenwriter
Elsie Lefebvre (born 1979), Quebec politician
Elsie Lessa, American-Brazilian journalist and writer
Elsie Leung, member of the Hong Kong Executive Council

Elsie in song, story & screen: | Edit

Elsie Dinsmore, sweet Christian child heroine of a series of children's books by Martha Finley
Elsie Tanner (née Grimshaw, formerly Howard), character played by Patricia Phoenix on the BBC TV series "Coronation Street"
Elsie the Cow, mascot of the Borden Dairy Company. She was originally was a real cow named "You'll Do Lobelia", owned by family farmers in Connecticut, who was rechristened Elsie and appeared in promotions for Borden products for many years. Her association with the name Elsie effectively killed it off as a name for babies in the United States by 1950. However, this association has faded with time.

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