"pledged to God"

Eliza Origin and Meaning

The name Eliza is 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 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Eliza is the intelligent and courageous 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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Famous People Named Eliza

  • Eliza Patricia DushkuAmerican actress
  • Eliza Hope BennettEnglish actress
  • Eliza CarthyEnglish folk singer
  • Eliza CoupeAmerican actress
  • Eliza McCardle JohnsonFirst Lady of the United States as wife of President Andrew Johnson
  • Eliza Doolittle (born Eliza Sophie Caird)English singer
  • Eliza Jane TaylorAustralian actress
  • Eliza Kortright Monroe Haydaughter of U.S. President James Monroe and acting First Lady
  • Eliza ChulkhurstEnglish conjoined twin of Mary Chulkhurst, one of the Biddenden Maids
  • ElizaJane Wilder, sister of Almonzo Wilder, sister in law of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Eliza Holland MadoreAmerican actress
  • Eliza SamCanadian actress
  • Eliza OrzeszkowaPolish novelist
  • Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler Hamiltonactivist and mother of Alexander Hamilton's 10+ children
  • Eliza Roxcy SnowAmerican poet and Mormon leader
  • Eliza Courtneyillegitimate daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and Charles Grey
  • Eliza Jean Anastasio (b. 1995)daughter of musician Trey Anastasio of Phish
  • Eliza Parkdaughter of actors Kelly Coffield Park and Steve Park
  • Eliza Morsedaughter 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

Eliza in Pop Culture

  • Eliza Minnickcharacter in "Grey's Anatomy".
  • Eliza Doolittlecharacter in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" and musical "My Fair Lady"
  • Eliza Thornberrymain character on series 'The Wild Thornberries'
  • Eliza Urbanskicharacter in Eleanor Henderson's novel "Ten Thousand Saints"
  • Eliza "Liza" Winthropmain character in "Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden
  • Elizacharacter Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • Eliza Reedcharacter in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"
  • Eliza Moralesminor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • ElizaLouisa "Liza,Lu" Durbeyfield, character in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
  • "Eliza" song by Phish
  • "Elizaou Le voyage aux glaciers du Mont St Bernard," opera by Luigi Cherubini
  • "Eliza" opera by Thomas Arne
  • Eliza Montgomerycharacter in TV's "KC Undercover"
  • Eliza Mountrachet Makepeacecharacter in The forgotten garden by Kate Morton
  • Eliza Danverscharacter on TV's "Supergirl"
  • Elizabeth Bennet aka Elizamain character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
  • Eliza Pancakescharacter in video game the Sims 4
  • Eliza Harmon aka Trajectorycharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Eliza Birchcharacter in 2013 film "Prisoners"
  • Eliza Naumanncharacter in book/film "Bee Season"
  • Eliza Ainsleycharacter in "Sims" series