Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. EHL  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Diminutive of Eleanor and other names beginning with El. This name can also be given in reference to the French pronoun elle meaning "she".

Already growing in popularity due to Australian model Elle Macpherson (1964-), this name received a boost in the United States after the release of the 2001 movie Legally Blonde featuring the main character Elle Woods. In the United Kingdom the name was already fairly common at the time the movie came out, and it actually started declining there shortly afterwards. A famous bearer is American actress Elle Fanning (1998-).

Related Names

DiminutivesLillia, Lillie, Nellie, Nelly
Other Languages & CulturesHelena, Helene(Ancient Greek) Elen, Zabel, Lena(Armenian) Elaine(Arthurian Romance) Elixabete(Basque) Alena(Belarusian) Elisheba, Elizabeth, Elisabeth(Biblical) Elisabet(Biblical Greek) Elisheva(Biblical Hebrew) Elisabeth(Biblical Latin) Elena, Eleonora, Elisaveta, Elizabet(Bulgarian) Elisabet, Helena(Catalan) Elizabeta, Helena, Jelena, Ela(Croatian) Alžběta, Helena, Izabela, Alena, Elen, Elena, Eliška, Helenka, Lenka, Liliana(Czech) Elin, Elisabeth, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Isabella, Eli, Eline, Elisabet, Elise, Ella, Elna, Else, Hella, Helle, Lena, Lene, Lilli, Lilly, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lisbeth, Lise, Liss, Lissi, Nora(Danish) Eleonora, Elisabeth, Heleen, Helena, Isabeau, Isabel, Isabella, Isabelle, Babette, Betje, Eline, Elise, Ellen, Elly, Els, Else, Elsje, Heleentje, Ilse, Isa, Lena, Lies, Liesbeth, Liese, Liesje, Lijsbeth, Lisa, Lize, Noor, Noortje, Nora(Dutch) Elena, Eliisabet, Elina, Ellen, Helen, Helena, Jelena, Elo, Heli, Helle, Leena, Liis, Liisa, Liisi, Liisu(Estonian) Elena, Eliina, Elina, Elisabet, Ellen, Helena, Isabella, Eleonoora, Eliisa, Elisa, Elise, Ella, Elli, Elsa, Elsi, Heleena, Heli, Iisa, Leena, Lena, Liisa, Liisi, Nelli, Noora(Finnish) Aliénor, Eléonore, Élisabeth, Hélène, Isabel, Isabelle, Babette, Élise, Isabeau, Léna, Lili, Liliane, Lilianne, Lise, Lisette, Nelly(French) Bet, Elske, Lys(Frisian) Sabela(Galician) Elene, Elisabed, Eliso, Eliza, Elza, Lena, Liana, Liza(Georgian) Elena, Eleonora, Eleonore, Elisabeth, Ellen, Helena, Helene, Isabel, Isabelle, Lore, Alena, Babette, Bettina, Elisa, Elise, Ella, Elli, Elsa, Else, Hella, Ilsa, Ilse, Isa, Isabell, Isabella, Lena, Lene, Leni, Leonore, Lies, Liesa, Liese, Liesel, Liesl, Lili, Lilli, Lisa, Lisbeth, Nora, Tina(German) Elena, Eleni, Eleonora, Elisavet, Lena, Liza(Greek) Helen, Helena, Helene(Greek Mythology) Elikapeka(Hawaiian) Elisheva(Hebrew) Eleonóra, Elizabet, Erzsébet, Heléna, Izabella, Bettina, Bözsi, Eliza, Ella, Elza, Erzsi, Léna, Lili, Liliána, Lilien, Nóra, Zsóka(Hungarian) Elísabet, Helena, Ísabella, Elsa(Icelandic) Eilís, Eilish, Isibéal, Léan, Sibéal(Irish) Elena, Eleonora, Elisabetta, Ileana, Isabella, Bettina, Elisa, Elsa, Isa, Leonora, Liana, Liliana, Lisa, Nora, Norina(Italian) Eleonora, Elīna, Elizabete, Helēna, Jeļena, Jeļizaveta, Elēna, Elīza, Elza, Ilze, Ina, Līna, Nora(Latvian) Bet(Limburgish) Elena, Elžbieta, Izabelė, Jelena, Elzė(Lithuanian) Elena, Elisaveta, Beti, Veta(Macedonian) Ealisaid(Manx) Ibb(Medieval English) Isabeau(Medieval French) Isabel(Medieval Occitan) Elin, Elisabeth, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Isabella, Eli, Eline, Elisabet, Elise, Ella, Elna, Elsa, Else, Helle, Lena, Lene, Lill, Lilly, Lisa, Lisbet, Lisbeth, Lise, Liss, Nora(Norwegian) Alienòr, Isabèl(Occitan) Eleonora, Elżbieta, Helena, Izabela, Izabella, Ela, Eliza, Helenka, Iza, Lena, Liliana, Lilianna(Polish) Helena, Isabel, Leonor, Belinha, Elisa, Elisabete, Elizabete, Elsa, Elza, Isa, Isabela, Lena, Liana, Liliana(Portuguese) Eliza, Izabel, Lílian(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Elena, Elisabeta, Ileana, Isabela, Isabella, Eliza, Ilinca, Lenuța, Liana, Liliana(Romanian) Elena, Eleonora, Elizaveta, Yelena, Yelizaveta, Aliona, Alyona, Lena, Liza, Lizaveta, Nelli(Russian) Elene(Sardinian) Elspet, Elspeth, Ishbel, Isobel, Lilias, Lillias(Scottish) Ealasaid, Eilionoir, Iseabail, Beileag, Eilidh, Lileas(Scottish Gaelic) Jelena, Jelisaveta, Ela, Jela(Serbian) Alžbeta, Elena, Eleonóra, Helena, Alena, Eliška, Lenka(Slovak) Elizabeta, Helena, Jelena, Alena, Alenka, Ela, Špela(Slovene) Helena(Sorbian) Elena, Ileana, Isabel, Leonor, Ysabel, Eli, Elisa, Elisabet, Elsa, Isa, Isabela, Liliana, Nora(Spanish) Elsy(Spanish (Latin American)) Eleonor, Eleonora, Elin, Elina, Elisabet, Elisabeth, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Isabella, Isabelle, Elise, Ella, Elna, Elsa, Elsie, Elsy, Lena, Lill, Lilly, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lisbeth, Lise, Nellie, Nelly, Nora(Swedish) Eleonora, Olena, Yelyzaveta, Lena, Yelysaveta(Ukrainian) Elen, Elin, Bethan(Welsh)
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Name Days

Estonia: February 10
Finland: February 10


Entry updated January 21, 2022