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Gender: F Meaning of Elizabeth: "pledged to God" Origin of Elizabeth: Hebrew Elizabeth's Popularity in 2015: #13

Elizabeth, one of the premiere classic girls' names, is now just outside the Top 10 at Number 13, having been replaced in 2014 by the rising Charlotte. Yet 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.

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 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. 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.

Famous People Named Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist
Elizabeth I, Queen of England
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary), Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, Queen consort of King George VI; mother of Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of Edward IV
Elizabeth of York, Queen consort of Henry VII of England
Elizabeth of Bosnia, Queen consort of Louis I of Hungary and Croatia
Elizabeth Stuart, Queen consort of Frederick V of Bohemia, the Winter Queen
Elizabeth Petrovna, Empress of Russia
Elisabeth of Austria, Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia
Elizabeth Alexeievna (born Louise of Baden), Empress of Russia as wife of Alexander I
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragist
Elizabeth Arden, American cosmetics business founder
Elizabeth Ann Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Elizabeth Irene Banks, American actress
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet
Elizabeth Bathory, Hungarian countess and serial killer
(Mary) Elizabeth Anania Edwards, American attorney; wife of politician John Edwards
Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman physician in the U.S.
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, British novelist and short story writer
Elizabeth Egan "Liz" Gillies, American actress
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, wife of American politician Alexander Hamilton
Elizabeth Lee McGovern, American actress
Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery, American actress
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen, American actress
Elizabeth Ann Perkins, American actress
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, British-American actress
Elizabeth Kostova, American novelist
(Susan) Elizabeth George, English novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lavenza , character in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Elizabeth Johnson/The Countess, character in American Horror Story: Hotel
Elizabeth, main character and A.I. companion in video game BioShock Infinite
Elizabeth Walton, character on TV's "The Waltons"
Elizabeth Webber, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Elizabeth Bennet, main character in Jane Austen's " Pride and Prejudice"
Elizabeth Colton, character in "Station Eleven"
Elizabeth "Liz" Forbes, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Elizabeth Stonem, main character on British TV series "Skins"
Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGuire, main character in Disney's "Lizzie McGuire"
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Saltzman, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries", daughter of Alaric Saltzman