The name Elise ranked 242nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 609th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This short form of Elisabeth was made famous by an 1810 Beethoven piano composition, ''Für Elise.'' This title is based on a handwritten dedication on the original manuscript of the piece; however, recent scholarship suggests the dedication may have been misread.
The object of the composer's interest may not have been an Elise, but rather Therese Malfatti, the niece of Beethoven's physician. There is evidence that she was one of the passionate loves of his passionate life; like all the rest, she refused his proposal of marriage.
Elise Boulding (born 1920)
Norwegian-born American sociologist, educator, and writer.
1980 National Council of Women''s Women of Conscience award winner for her ''''urging of peaceful solutions to global conflicts'''' (see list of Women of Conscience Award winners)