- this week

Gender: Female Meaning of Eliza: "pledged to God" Origin of Eliza: Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew Eliza's Popularity in 2017: #140

The name Eliza is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God". Eliza is ranked #140 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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. It's both a classic and one of the hottest girl names starting with E.

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. Eliza Schuyler Hamilton is also one of the lead characters in smash musical "Hamilton."

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.

Find other names based on Eliza using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Eliza

Eliza Patricia Dushku, American actress
Eliza Hope Bennett, English actress
Eliza Carthy, English folk singer
Eliza Coupe, American actress
Eliza McCardle Johnson, First Lady of the United States as wife of President Andrew Johnson
Eliza Doolittle (born Eliza Sophie Caird), English singer
Eliza (Jane) Taylor, Australian actress
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, American actress
Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler Hamilton, activist and mother of Alexander Hamilton's 10+ children
Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet and Mormon leader
Eliza Courtney (b. 1792), illegitimate daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and Charles Grey
Eliza Jean Anastasio (b. 1995), daughter of musician Trey Anastasio of Phish
Eliza Park, daughter of actors Kelly Coffield Park and Steve Park
Eliza Morse, daughter of actor David Morse
Eliza Lopes (b. 2008), daughter of curator Laura Lopes; granddaughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Eliza Joy Getty (b. 2011), daughter of Christian singer-songwriter Keith Getty
Eliza Giles (b. 2012), daughter of actress Caterina Scorsone and singer Rob Giles

Pop Culture References for the name Eliza

Eliza Minnick, character in "Grey's Anatomy".
Eliza Doolittle, character in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" and musical "My Fair Lady"
Eliza Thornberry, main character on series 'The Wild Thornberries'
Eliza Urbanski, character in Eleanor Henderson's novel "Ten Thousand Saints"
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 by Kate Morton
Eliza Danvers, character on TV's "Supergirl"
Elizabeth Bennet aka Eliza, main character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Eliza Pancakes, character in video game the Sims 4
Eliza Harmon aka Trajectory, character on TV's "The Flash"
Eliza Birch, character in 2013 film "Prisoners"
Eliza Naumann, character in book/film "Bee Season"
Eliza Ainsley, character in "Sims" series

Eliz, Elizea, Elizah, Liza, Elyza, Aliza, Alizah, Elizalina, Elyzza, Elizaida, Elize