• <100 Elf
First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

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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

Notable Persons Named Elf

Elf Lyons is a comedian, writer, and actress. Elf was given the name Emily-Anne Lyons on June 10th, 1990 in England. Elf is also known as Elf Lyons.


Elf Tranzporter is a hip hop music rapping. Elf was given the name Marlon Porter in Los Angeles. Elf is also known as Elf Tranzporter.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Elf

Atte Elf is an athlete for the IF Sibbo-Vargarna.


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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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Fun Facts about the name Elf

  • How Popular is the name Elf? As a last name Elf was the 141,140th most popular name in 2010.
  • 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 2016 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 Fle. 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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.