Gender: Female Meaning of Eliza: "pledged to God" Origin of Eliza: Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew Eliza's Popularity in 2019: #119

Eliza Origin and Meaning

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

Eliza originated as a diminutive of Elizabeth and eventually became used as a name in its own right. Despite its similarity to the Hebrew name Aliza, meaning “joyful,” the two are unrelated. Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was the wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, recognizable today as one of the lead characters in the musical “Hamilton.”

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.

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.

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Rank in US: #119

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Pop Culture References for the name Eliza

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


Jennifer Rose Says:


I love this name but I’m not religious...

amanda Says:


I know this is an old comment but I love this name pronounced eh leez a.. But El IZE ah is the US pronunciation.

Selkit Says:


I guess I'm one of the few who doesn't care for this name. Something about it sounds oddly harsh to me.

Miriam2468 Says:


That is a great name combo

Evie McColl Says:


I fell in love with this name today when looking up Eliza Doolittle's music. Not sure if it's because I have a 10 month old son named Ezra and the pair just sound so lovely together (almost feels intertwined?) Ezra would have been Summer if he was a girl but now I'm thinking Eliza Summer for a little girl.

Eliza1303 Says:


My name is Elizabeth but I am known to everyone as Eliza. A lot of people like my name and I really haven’t met too many with my name. Often people misspell my name as “Aliza”. I’m called “uh-Liza” and “e-liza” . Honestly I kinda wish my name was just Eliza.

Miriam2468 Says:


This is my middle name and I know most people would disagree with me but I actually really don't like it! I think it's just so boring and plain, and I'm sick of hearing it all the time. But that's just my opinion, I don't mean to offend anyone. However, I think it can sound nice on a little girl. I just don't like it for myself.

chesco_cooks Says:


Eliza is a villainous character in the fighting game Skullgirls as well

onebrilliant1 Says:


I love this name but I'm worried about it sounding too similar to my sister's name (Elyse). I'm really torn :(

Eadie McCarthy Says:


I'm obsessed with Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth schuyler (Who they call Eliza :)))))) XXXX3333)

Ziraleet Says:


My name is Elizabeth (Eliza for short), and I personally love my name. I do have to say, though, if you live in New England, you should... be careful naming your child Eliza. I can't even count the number of times someone has called me Elijah, or thought my name was spelled Aliza.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this, and also Adeliza.

beachbear Says:


I cannot get over the Eliza Thornberry connotation, as that was one of my favorite childhood shows.

grace147 Says:


Love this name! I'll admit I'm an avid Hamilton fanatic, but the musical only brought this name to my attention, it's not the reason love it. I just love this name because of how vintage and elegant it is. But I'm not totally for common names. So if I was to name my girl this, I think this would be her full name, not Elizabeth.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I think Eliza is a beautiful name and so much better than the overused Elizabeth in this day and age. The uncommon letter z adds a great deal of spunk to the name! Although I don't recognize any of the associations (never heard of Hamilton or Eliza Doolittle) I believe that it's a perfect name for a girl, woman and an elderly lady. Such a timeless classic and it brings music to my ears.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I agree with pixelatedinfants, I think Eliza and Ezra are a little too similar. But then again, people always name twins super matchy matchy :(. They are two different people, for god's sake!

pixelatedinfants Says:


why is it popular in britain because in hamilton .

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pixelatedinfants Says:


Eliza is pronounced e-lie-zuh not elle-lisa

pixelatedinfants Says:


It's popular because it's a good name and because of Hamilton, just 'cause a names popular doesn't mean you can't use it. I don't personally like the sound of Sophia or most of the populars but I love the name Eliza.

pixelatedinfants Says:


Hello Eliza we are the same age I didnt know there were other 11 year olds on this website

pixelatedinfants Says:


Too similar >.<

pixelatedinfants Says:


My name is Talia too

pixelatedinfants Says:


welllllllllllllllllllllllll...................wheen the hamilton fandom starts having babies.......

pixelatedinfants Says:


Hamilton might make Eliza get popular (((((((((((((((((i need to stop listening to the hamilton soundtrack)))))))))))))))))))

pixelatedinfants Says:


Welp, with Hamilton.......

elizadoles5 Says:


My name is Eliza. My mother made the mistake of naming my younger sister Elizabeth. I'm a Triplet. Whenever i go anywhere, even at school, people mispronounce my name such as ee-lee-za, el-eh-za, or el-iza. It's also very hard to find anything in stores with the name Eliza on it.(because desidarre is "soooo" popular). Eliza might be a beautiful name, but be aware about the consequences on your child. I hope this name doesn't go up in the charts. Because it is unique it should stay that way. Full name: Eliza Kathryn Doles

actingfun Says:


I love Eliza, but I hate the meaning. The association of Eliza Schuyler and Hamilton the Musical is super nice though. The only problem is that every time I say the name I get The Schuyler Sisters stuck in my head.

EW314 Says:


Eliza is a lovely, classy, sweet and spunky name. It's very popular where I live (UK), so I probably won't be using it as a first name, but I'll be getting it in as a middle if I can!

snowsbeloved Says:


If this name sounded more like Elisa, with a zippier sound because of that Z, I would like this name more. I'm sorry. I just can't see the appeal of the long I sound. Maybe I have the pronunciation wrong? I hear it pronounced el-IZE-ah. As a side note: I rarely saw Elizabeth Bennet called Eliza in P&P. I saw her called Lizzie all over the place though.

snowsbeloved Says:


Like the meanings together...not too big of a fan of Eliza though.

snowsbeloved Says:


Love Jane! How can people mess up that name though?!? Do they speak English?

ashbee Says:


I know! Afraid it will be the next Isabella or Sophia. :( Beautiful and spunky Eliza!

indiefendi2 Says:


Why isn't this pronounced E LIZ a when removed from Elizabeth?

ElizaDale Says:


Its getting more and more popular much to my despair ):

Skyler Says:


I really like this name, even more so, I love it with the name Ezra for twins. Both are Hebrew names, both are also very powerful and graceful. Eliza and Ezra :) Plus with the meaning of both the names. Ezra means 'help'. If you pledge to God, he will help you with the path of your journey.

malloree Says:


I'd do that. That way she can choose a different nickname if she's older if she doesn't like Eliza.

adelinejane Says:


Eliza is one of my FAVORITE NAMES EVER! That's the only reason I named my daughter Elizabeth, so she could have the nickname Eliza. It's sweet, spunky and completely suit her.

Jo Jo Says:


I'm surprised at how other Berries have encountered issues with proper pronunciation of Eliza. It's not some made up, obscure name. Though I shouldn't be surprised; people have had trouble with our daughter's name, and she's a Jane, and I don't think it gets more traditional than that.

I love this name - such a buttoned-up sweet name.

ml2620 Says:


We are leaning strongly towards Eliza too, now wondering if Elizabeth is an easier alternative for things like doctors offices, etc. and just having Eliza as a nick name?

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Really? I wouldn't have thought it possible for Eliza to get confused.

Jennifer Says:


I named my 6 month old daughter Eliza and I have to admit, it is a pretty difficult name for people. She gets Alyssa, Elisa, Alisa, eLIZa and ELIJAH. Anyone you tell the name to over the phone you have say Eliza with a Z because it is so easily confused with Elijah. Her doctor's office actually had her down as Elijah, a boy, when we first started going!

Don't get me wrong, I think Eliza is the prettiest name in the world, but in her six short months of life we've already seen what a confusing name it is for people!

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


Great nick name for Elizabeth! =D

jordalini Says:


Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, and because of that I have grown to love this name :)

lizacolehart Says:


hello my name is Eliza and I'm only 11 and my best friends name is Isabel

lizacolehart Says:


hello my name is Elizaand im only 11 years old and my best friends name is Isabel

TaliaCat Says:


I just love this name!!

ThistleThorn Says:


I don't know if this is good enough on its own or a s a nickname to the more substantial Elizabeth

epowell Says:


Such a lovely name and one of my favorites. I feel it is inching it's way up a little too fast!

MaryKathryn Says:


Cute name with plenty of spunk. Tons of originality.

Catastroffy Says:


It's an unpopular opinion, but...I don't much like this name. I honestly don't understand why everyone seems so fond of it. I seem to associate this with a dowdy, unintelligent pessimist, rather like Eliza Andrews from Anne of Avonlea. I'm sorry.

Manda Colburn Says:


I was just thinking that Eliza and Ezra would be perfect for BG twins.

adsja Says:


I’m expectant with twins, a girl and a boy. My first pick for a girl is Elizabeth, I think this would be a great name for a girl.

lizway Says:


as a person who has gone by eliza for a long time, i wouldnt suggest this. not only am i "alyssa" and "elisa" and "alisa" (????) to most people who cant spell, but ive actually gotten some of teasing for it because of eliza doolittle and eliza thornberry. people are also kinda confused about it, ive had to explain my nickname as "think of elizabeth, but without the beth" to more people than i thought i ever would have to -- and im only 18.

Samantha Hutchinson Says:


I have an Eliza Helen named because I have loved the name since I was little and it goes back in my family as Grace Eliza and Eliza Grace

Guest Says:


Also, I think Eliza and Isabel/Isabella could be a nice set for twin girls if a parent wants to honor another Elizabeth in the family!

Guest Says:


I prefer Elisa, I don't like that long i sound.

But ironically I love Elisha so idk.

Persea Says:


Blend of modern and traditional - hopefully it doesn't get too popular.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


There's no reason you CAN'T nname sisters Eliza and Isabel. It's not that obvious that they're the same name, and even so they're not EXACTLY the same. As for the name itself, it's so pretty but the one Eliza I knew was a complete jerk for no reason. So I have a bad association with this name. :(

alibaba Says:


I love my little Eliza Scarlett and I sometimes wish it were my name!

violetgray Says:


My favorite name in the entire world. Its beautiful, spunky and so meaningful to me. Plus it goes so well with my great grandma's name for a middle. Breaks my heart I probably won't get the chance to use it.

jennifer Says:


My daughters name is Eliza Day Walker I hope it doesn't get too popular I picked it for its traditional yet unique qualities =)

Candler Says:


I love you Eliza!! Please don't get too popular!

HatGirl Says:


i love this! i also love Eliza Jane together! It's because of little house on the prarrie