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Fun Facts about the name Elf

  • When was the first name Elf first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Elf is Sunday, July 7th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Elf? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Elf. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Elf: Your name in reverse order is Fle. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lef. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elf? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 118 people with the last name Elf.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elf? Elf is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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Popularity of Elf as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elf U.S.
  White 93.22% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elf

People with the last name Elf are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Elf" mean? The list below shows the origins of Elf as well as things modernly associated with the name Elf such as celebrities named Elf.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Elf
  1. An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks."Every elf, and fairy sprite, Hop as light as bird from brier." [Shak.]
  2. A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

Etymology: AS. ælf ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. ālfr elf, Sw. alf elfva; cf. Skr. ṛbhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. Auf Oaf

verb Elf
To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Below 3 kilohertz
  2. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

From Middle English [Term?], from Old English ælf (“incubus, elf”), from Proto-Germanic *albiz.

  1. (Norse mythology) A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.
  2. Any from a race of mythical, supernatural beings resembling but seen as distinct from human beings. Usually skilled in magic or spellcrafting; sometimes depicted as clashing with dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
  3. (fantasy) Any of the magical, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar)
  4. A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

elf was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Dutch Low Saxon, German, German Low German, Maltese, and Polish

What does the name Elf mean?

Eis for enamoured, forever will your children be with you

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Fis for festive, the youth of your spirit.

Past life for Elf born Sep 5, 1934

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North of Latin America approximately on 1300. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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