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Gender: F Meaning of Eliza: "pledged to God" Origin of Eliza: Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew Eliza's Popularity in 2013: #200

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Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations.

That said, a lot of other parents like Eliza too: it has been inching up the popularity lists, plus it's one of the most-searched girls' names on Nameberry.

Eliza could theoretically take the place of Elizabeth, cousin name Isabella, and the last generation's Lisa at the top of the charts, and bears a similarity to trendy sisters Ella and Lila. Still, it's got a good measure of eighteenth century backbone and tradition along with its contemporary zip.

Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett was often called Eliza; in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Eliza is the intelligent and courageous slave protagonist.

My Fair Lady's spirited Eliza Doolittle is the classic musical character based on the Shaw play Pygmalion, who is transformed from cockney flower girl to elegant lady, played on stage by Julie Andrews and on screen by Audrey Hepburn.

Eliza Dushku is a charter member of the Joss Whedon rep company of actors, appearing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing..

One note: Do not name sisters Eliza and Isabel or Isabella, as they're different forms of mother name Elizabeth.

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Famous People Named Eliza

Eliza Patricia Dushku, American actress
Eliza Bennett, English actress
Eliza Coupe, American actress
Eliza Doolittle, English singer
Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress
Eliza Giles (b. 2012), daughter of Caterina Scorsone
Eliza Kortright Monroe Hay, daughter of James & Elizabeth Monroe
Eliza-Jane Wilder, sister of Almonzo Wilder, sister in law of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, stars in Laura's books and Televsion series of her life.

Pop Culture References for the Name Eliza

Eliza Doolittle, character from "My Fair Lady"
Eliza Thornberry, main character on series 'The Wild Thornberries'
Eliza "Liza" Winthrop, narrator of "Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden
Eliza, character from Uncle Tom's Cabin
Eliza Reed, character in "Jane Eyre"
Eliza Morales, minor character on AMC's The Walking Dead
Eliza-Louisa "Liza-Lu", Tess's sister from "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
"Eliza" is a song written and performed by Phish. It has not been played live in years.

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