The royal and biblical Elizabeth
accounted for approximately a quarter of all girls’ names in early Britain
, and when she emigrated to Colonial America
, close to the same percentage of all girl babies were christened with that name— sometimes even more than one in a family. So it’s no wonder that numerous nicknames would pop up to distinguish among all the Elizabeths– several of which would go on to be used as independent names.
Of course Elizabeth
itself is a wonderfully elegant classic, but here are some of the most appealing variations on the Elizabethan theme.
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Although it has had to struggle against its somewhat bovine image, Bessie was once seen as quite glamorous: there were silent screen beauties named Bessie, such as Bessie Love (shown). A worthy namesake is the iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith. Bessie could possibly make a comeback à la Hattie and Sadie .
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