Elsa (given name)

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World map showing the countries where the names Elsa or Elza are popular. Any color means the name is among the 100 most popular names either in the population or among newborns.
Region of originScandinavia
Other names
Variant form(s)Elisabeth, Elisabet, Elisabetta and Elizabeth
Related namesEli, Elis, Élise, Eliza, Ella, Elle, Else, Elsie, Elys, Elza, Ilsa, Ilse
Popularitysee popular names

Elsa is a female given name mostly used in the Scandinavian countries.


Originally Elsa was simply a short form for the biblical name Elisabeth and some of its variants: Elisabet, Elisabetta and Elizabeth.[1]

The first record mentioning the name were in Sweden at the 15th century, and became generally used after the 19th century.[1]


  • Eli
  • Elis
  • Elise
  • Eliza
  • Ella
  • Elle
  • Else
  • Elsie
  • Elys
  • Elza
  • Ilsa
  • Ilse
  • Els


After the release of Disney's Frozen at the end of 2013, in which a main character is named Elsa, the name became more popular in different countries across the world. In the Faroe Islands and Sweden the name was in the top 10 baby names before the film was released, and became the most popular name afterwards, in 2014 and 2015.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c NamepediA Blog – The Real Elsa, Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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