Ilsa Name Meaning & Origin

Ilsa

Pronunciation: IL-sə (key)

Origin of the name Ilsa:

Originally a pet form of Elizabeth, Elsa is now in common use as an independent given name and was popularized as the name of the affectionate lioness in the book and film Born Free.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Ilsa, Isla and Lisa are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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Lissie

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The tragic heroine in Casablanca
Ilse Burnley is the title character's best friend in L.M. Montgomery's "Emily of New Moon" series.

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