Elsie

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From a Scottish diminutive of Alison/Alice and Elspeth/Elizabeth.

Proper noun[edit]

Elsie

  1. A female given name.
    • 1784 The Bishopric Garland, or, Durham Minstrel, Stockton, R. Christopher, page 22:
      Elsie Marley is so neat, / 'Tis hard for one to walk the street / But every lad a lass they meet, / Cries do you ken Elsie Marley, honey?
    • 1826 James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans/Chapter 6:
      "And did he not speak of me, Heyward?" demanded Alice, with jealous affection; "surely, he forgot not altogether his little Elsie?"
    • 2001 Susan Kelly, Killing the Fatted Calf, Allison & Busby, ISBN 0749005114, page 34:
      "Obviously I wasn't going to go through life saddled with a name like Elsie. When I got up to London at the age of eighteen everybody laughed at me, so a boyfriend suggested a tiny amendment, two letters swopped, and I've been Elise for thirty years."
Usage notes[edit]
  • Popular as a formal given name in the English-speaking world at the turn of the 20th century.

Etymology 2[edit]

From a Scottish diminutive of Alexander.

Proper noun[edit]

Elsie

  1. (rare, ,, obsolete) A diminutive of the male given name Alexander.

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Swedish[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Elsie

  1. A female given name borrowed from English.