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Gender: F Meaning of Eliza: "pledged to God" Origin of Eliza: Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew Eliza's Popularity in 2014: #212

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.

Famous People Named Eliza

Eliza Patricia Dushku, American actress
Eliza Hope Bennett, English actress
Eliza Carthy, English folk singer
Eliza Coupe, American actress
Eliza Doolittle (born Eliza Sophie Caird), English singer
Eliza (Jane) Taylor, Australian actress
Eliza Giles (b. 2012), daughter of actress Caterina Scorsone
Eliza Kortright Monroe Hay, daughter of U.S. President James Monroe
Eliza Chulkhurst, English conjoined twin of Mary Chulkhurst, one of the Biddenden Maids
Eliza-Jane Wilder, sister of Almonzo Wilder, sister in law of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Eliza Holland Madore, child actress currently playing Matilda in Matilda on Broadway
Elizabeth (Eliza) Schuyler Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton
Eliza Anastasio, daughter of Phish musician Trey Anastasio

Pop Culture References for the name Eliza

Eliza Urbanski, character in Eleanor Henderson's novel "Ten Thousand Saints"
Eliza Doolittle, character in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" and musical "My Fair Lady"
Eliza Thornberry, main character on series 'The Wild Thornberries'
Eliza "Liza" Winthrop, main character in "Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden
Eliza, character Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Eliza Reed, character in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"
Eliza Morales, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Eliza-Louisa "Liza-Lu" Durbeyfield, character in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
"Eliza," song by Phish
"Eliza, ou Le voyage aux glaciers du Mont St Bernard," opera by Luigi Cherubini
"Eliza," opera by Thomas Arne
Eliza Montgomery, character in TV's "KC Undercover"
Eliza Mountrachet Makepeace, character in The forgotten garden, a novel by Kate Morton
Eliza Schuyler, character in historical musical "Hamilton"

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