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Gender: F Meaning of Elizabeth: "pledged to God" Origin of Elizabeth: Hebrew Elizabeth's Popularity in 2012: #10

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Elizabeth, one of the premiere classic girls' names, is just inside the Top 10, even though there are actually fewer babies getting the name these days. Elizabeth has so much going for it -- rich history, broad appeal, and timeless style -- that no matter how many little girls there are named Lizzie, Eliza, and Beth out there, you can still make Elizabeth your own.

One important thing to keep in mind: If you do choose Elizabeth, don't make the mistake some parents do and give her sister a name that may sound different but is basically Elizabeth in disguise, such as Isabel.

Elizabeth nicknames on the table today include Libby, Bess, Tibby, and even the so-antiquated-it's-cool Betty. Also in play is the fashionable Eliza. There has been only one year throughout all of recorded baby-naming history, since 1880, that Elizabeth slipped one place below the Top 25, and that was in 1945--when Betty was Number 11.

In the Bible Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, and two of England's most notable queens have been Elizabeth I and II. And another memorable bearer was Elizabeth Taylor--who hated to be called Liz.

The Elisabeth spelling, found in several cultures, is represented by such notables as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth Shue, Elisabeth Moss and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Elisabeth is nicknamed Bethsy in Buddenbrooks, Bep in The Diary of Anne Frank and Betsy in Wolverine.

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Famous People Named Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II, British monarch (1952 - present)
Queen Elizabeth I, British monarch (reigned 1558 - 1603)
Elizabeth Taylor, American actress
Elizabeth Banks, American actress
Elizabeth "Tina" Fey, American actress and comedian
Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist
Elizabeth "Liz" Gillies, American actress/singer
Elizabeth Hurley, English actress
Elizabeth McGovern, American actress
Elizabeth Olsen, American actress
Elizabeth Perkins, American actress
Elisabeth Shue, American actress
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, wife of James Monroe & First Lady of US
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Woolridge Grant, singer-songwriter (Lana Del Rey)
Elizabeth "Ellie" Kemper, actress
Elizabeth Gilbert, American author
Elizabeth Blackwell, first black woman doctor
Elizabeth Rodriguez, American actress
(Elizabeth) Malese Jow, American actress
Elizabeth "Liz" Murray, movie "Homeless to Harvard" based on her life

Pop Culture References for the Name Elizabeth

Elizabeth "Liz" Lemon, character from TV show 30 Rock
Elizabeth Swan, character from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
Elizabeth Bennet, from Jane Austen's book 'Pride and Prejudice'
Little Elizabeth" from L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Windy Poplars"
Elizabeth Middleford, character in the anime/manga Black Butler
Elizabeth Warden, character from comedy Keeping Up Appearances
Elizabeth Brooke "Lizzie" McGuire, main character and TV show
Emily Elizabeth, character in Clifford the Big Red Dog
Elizabeth "Betty" DeVille, character from Rugrats
Dr Elizabeth Corday, character from TV series "ER"
Dr. Elizabeth Weir, character from TV show "Stargate: Atlantis"
Elizabeth Lane, character from "Christmas in Connecticut"
Elizabeth Holland, character from "The Luxe" book series

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