"pledged to God"

Elizabeth Origin and Meaning

The name Elizabeth is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God".

Elizabeth is one of the most popular girls' names of all time, the female equivalent of James or William. Yet Elizabeth has so much going for it—rich history, broad appeal, and timeless style—that no matter how many little girls are named Lizzie, Eliza, and Beth, you can still make Elizabeth your own.

Elizabeth is derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva, formed by the components ’el, meaning "God," and shava’, "oath." 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.

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 along with Lilibet, Queen Elizabeth's childhood nickname more recently used by Prince Harry and wife Meghan for their daughter, Lilibet Diana.

Author and publishing magnate Zibby Owens introduced her zippy Elizabeth nickname to the ever-lengthening list of variations.

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. Today, it holds fast as one of the most classic and usable girl names starting with E.

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

  • Saint Elizabethmother of John the Baptist
  • Elizabeth IQueen of England
  • Elizabeth II (born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary)Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth PetrovnaEmpress of Russia
  • Elizabeth WoodvilleQueen consort of Edward IV of England
  • Elizabeth of YorkQueen consort of Henry VII of England
  • Elizabeth Angela Marguerite BowesLyon, the Queen Mother, Queen consort of King George VI of the U.K.; mother of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Elizabeth of AustriaQueen consort of Casimir IV of Poland
  • Elizabeth of AustriaQueen consort of Sigismund II Augustus of Poland
  • Elizabeth of BosniaQueen consort of Louis I of Hungary and Croatia
  • Elizabeth Stuartthe Winter Queen, Queen consort of Frederick V of Bohemia
  • Elizabeth Alexeievna (born Louise of Baden)Empress consort of Alexander I of Russia
  • Saint Elizabeth of AragonQueen consort of Denis of Portugal
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley SetonAmerican educator and first U.S.,born saint
  • Elizabeth Cady StantonAmerican suffragist
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Parrisaccuser in the 1692 Salem witch trials
  • Elizabeth Arden (born Florence Nightingale Graham)American cosmetics business founder
  • Elizabeth Ann WarrenUS Senator from Massachusetts
  • Elizabeth Kortright Monroeformer First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President James Monroe
  • Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Trumanformer First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Harry Truman
  • Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Fordformer First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Gerald Ford
  • Elizabeth CavendishDuchess of Devonshire, English novelist
  • Elizabeth CarolinePrincess of Great Britain; daughter of George II
  • ElizabethPrincess of the U.K.; daughter of George III; Landgravine of Hesse,Homburg
  • Elizabeth "Lizzy" Woolridge Grantbirth name of singer Lana Del Rey
  • Elizabeth Jane HurleyEnglish actress
  • Elizabeth Irene BanksAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Barrett BrowningEnglish poet
  • Elizabeth BathoryHungarian countess and serial killer
  • (Mary) Elizabeth Anania EdwardsAmerican attorney; wife of politician John Edwards
  • Elizabeth Blackwellfirst woman physician in the U.S.
  • Elizabeth Cleghorn GaskellEnglish novelist
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Griscom Rosssewer of the first American flag
  • Elizabeth Egan "Liz" GilliesAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamiltonwife of American politician Alexander Hamilton
  • Elizabeth Lee McGovernAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth "Bitsie" TullochAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Victoria MontgomeryAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Kocianski aka Beth PhoenixAmerican pro wrestler
  • Elizabeth Kimberly "Beth" TweddleBritish gymnast
  • Elizabeth KarageorgevichPrincess of Yugoslavia
  • ElizabethPrincess of Greece and Denmark; daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece
  • ElizabethPrincess of Sweden (Elisabet Gustavsdotter Vasa), Duchess consort of Mecklenburg,Gadebusch
  • Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" OlsenAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Clark "Liz" PhairAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Mary Elizabeth "Liz" SmithAmerican gossip columnist
  • Elizabeth Larrieu "Liz" TorresAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" CaplanAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Ann PerkinsAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Mitchell (born Elizabeth Joanna Robertson)American actress
  • Elizabeth Rosemond TaylorBritish,American actress
  • Elizabeth KostovaAmerican novelist
  • (Susan) Elizabeth GeorgeEnglish novelist
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" OgnibeneAmerican child model
  • (Elizabeth) Melese JowAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Helen "Betsy" McCaugheyAmerican politician
  • Elizabeth Margaret "Bessie" BraddockEnglish politician
  • Elizabeth "Liza" KoshyAmerican YouTuber
  • Hope Elizabeth "Liza" SoberanoFilipino,American Actress
  • Elizabeth of PolandDuchess of Pomerania
  • Elizabeth Jean ''Busy'' PhillipsAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Mae "Lizzy" HaleAmerican lead singer of band Halestorm
  • Elizabeth Loaiza JuncaColombian model, beauty pageant winner and helicopter pilot
  • Elizabeth OstranderAmerican model
  • Elizabeth DebickiAustralian actress
  • Elizabeth WurstAmerican Instagram and YouTube personality
  • Elizabeth Frances HenstridgeEnglish actress
  • Elizabeth Ann Hanks (b. 1982)daughter of actor Tom Hanks
  • Elizabeth Scarlett "Lizzy" Jagger(b. 1984)daughter of singer Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall
  • Elizabeth Allen Dick (b. 2009)daughter of American actor Tim Allen

Elizabeth in Pop Culture

  • Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bennetmain character in Jane Austen's " Pride and Prejudice"
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Coopera character from the Archie Comics universe and on TV's "Riverdale"
  • Elizabeth Lavenzacharacter in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Elizabeth Johnson/The Countessin American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Elizabethmain character and in video game BioShock Infinite
  • Elizabeth Waltoncharacter on TV's "The Waltons"
  • Elizabeth Webbercharacter on "General Hospital"
  • Elizabeth Miervaldis "Liz" Lemonmain character on TV's "30 Rock"
  • Elizabeth Coltoncharacter in "Station Eleven"
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Forbescharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Elizabeth "Effy" Stonemmain character on British TV's "Skins"
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGuiremain character in Disney's "Lizzie McGuire"
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Saltzmancharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries", daughter of Alaric Saltzman
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Adamscharacter on TV's "Dallas"
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Toomescharacter in Spider,Man: Homecoming and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Rosscharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Burtoncharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Elizabeth Jayne "Liz" McDonaldcharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Dr. Elizabeth M. Shawcharacter in "Alien" series
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Shawcompanion on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Morgana character in "The 5th Wave" book series by Rick Yancey
  • Elizabeth Dunncharacter in "The Hole" and "After the Hole"
  • Elizabethcharacter in the video game Final Fantasy XII
  • Elizabeth "Bess" Marvincharacter in the Nancy Drew series
  • Elizabeth Gertrude "Bessie" Buntercharacter in stories by Charles Hamilton
  • Peyton Elizabeth SawyerCharacter on "One Tree Hill"
  • Elizabeth "Bess" McCordmain character of TV's "Madam Secretary"
  • Elizabeth Colean American Girl doll whose story takes place during the American Revolution; Felicity Merriman's best friend
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock aka PsylockeMarvel comics character
  • Elizabeth Swannmain character in "The Pirates of the Caribbean" films
  • Elizabeth Blairmain character in film "Curly Top"
  • Elizabeth Drosselmayercharacter in animated movie "Barbie in the Nutcracker"
  • Elizabeth "Batty" Penderwickcharacter in Jeanne Birdsill's "The Penderwicks"
  • Elizabeth Thatchercharacter in TV series "When Calls the Heart"
  • Elizabeth "Lisa Lisa" Joestara main character in "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure"
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Wilsoncharacter in the Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis , Veterinarian & Girlfriend
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  • Elizabeth Josephine 'Lizzie' Birdsworthcharacter in Australian soap 'Prisoner Cell Block H'
  • Elizabeth Halseymain character played by Cameron Diaz in the 2011 Film "Bad Teacher"
  • Elizabeth Cutlercharacter on the TV series "Star Trek: Enterprise"
  • Elizabethcharacter in the 2019 film "Hustlers" played by Julia Stiles
  • Elizabeth ThomasBrewer, character in book and TV series, "Baby,Sitters Club"
  • Elizabeth Grace "Gracie" Schafercharacter in book series, "Baby,Sitters Club"
  • Elizabeth "Bess" McCordmain character of TV's "Madam Secretary"
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Suarezmain character of "Ugly Betty"
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Marchcharacter in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
  • Elizabeth "Bess" Laurencecharacter in Louisa May Alcott's Little Men, and Jo's Boys
  • Dr. Elizabeth Weircharacter in the TV show "Stargate: Atlantis"

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