Discovered 1878 Feb. 7 by J. Palisa at Pola.
Named after the Austrian form ‘Elsbeth’ of the most common feminine Christian name ‘Elisabeth’. It was also the name of the Austrian empress. This name was later changed in agreement with the discoverer into the more melodious ‘Elsa’. (A. Schnell)
Named by Admiral Bourgignon at the request of the discoverer. Bourgignon was the military superior of Palisa in Pola.