Fourteen Shades of Elizabeth
Of course Elizabeth itself is a wonderfully elegant classic, but here are some of the most appealing variations on the Elizabethan theme.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I was known as “Good Queen Bess ,” an indication of how popular that nickname was in the sixteenth century. It would later become a twenty-first century First Lady name via no-nonsense Bess Truman , and was also known as the name of the 1945 Miss America, Bess Myerson, and the heroine of Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.
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on August 3rd, 2012 at 1:22 am
I love the name Bessie! It’s gorgeous!
on August 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 am
Even more options: Elisabeth, Elise, Ella, Elle, Ellie, and Ebby.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 1:49 am
I think somebody said this a few weeks ago but would it be possible to have them all in a list on 1 page because my computer won’t let me view them like this.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 2:10 am
I love the name Elizabeth, and almost all of the variants. My favorite right now is Betsy, it is so cute.
I agree with the above. It can get tiring looking through the fourteen pages, especially if you have a slow connection.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 2:27 am
I’ve long loved Betsy, although my current favorite form of Elizabeth is Beth.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 3:28 am
Great blog! I loved so many names:)
on August 3rd, 2012 at 5:12 am
My best friend is “Liza with a z” pronounced Lisa. It’s refreshing on the Lisa, imo. I also think Lilly is a cute nickname for Elizabeth as well as Elle/Ellie/Nelle, Nelly and a friend of the family, EBee, a possible alternative to Evie
on August 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am
Elizabeth is one of my all time favorite names. I think partly because of it being used for a little girl in one of the Anne of Green Gables books, the little girl named Elizabeth went by a different nick name depending on how she was feeling that day, and I always loved that!
on August 3rd, 2012 at 9:09 am
Elizabeth is my middle. I wanted to be called Ellie as a teen-ager, but i felt like my first name was pretty much stuck at that point (for better or worse). I love Bess, Libby, Bette, Eliza. Hate Beth. I would love to see a post about other versatile names like Margaret perhaps.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 am
This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Elizabeth so much. It is just so versatile and the ultimate classic name, with so many famous bearers over the centuries, and each one is a completely different type of girl/woman! If I ever have my own daughter named Elizabeth, I would try to always call her by her full name, however, as it is just so beautiful spoken aloud. But the nicknames I especially like from your list are Lizzie, Eliza, Bessie and Elsie. Thanks for the highlight of one of my favorite names! Keep it classic and pick a name like Elizabeth for your child!!
on August 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 am
Also, forgot to say — you didn’t mention the greatest literary Elizabeth – Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, who was Elizabeth most of the time, but Eliza in society, and, to those who loved her most, Lizzie. 😀
on August 3rd, 2012 at 10:21 am
Elisabeth is one of my favorites for a girl. Betsy, Bessie, and Essie are my favorite nicknames for the name.
on August 3rd, 2012 at 10:45 am
@stairwaytoastar: I was also going to mention my dear Miss Eliza Bennet! She is my fav Elizabeth of all time. I love Elizabeth so much…if we ever have another bebe, I may just use it for a fn. Lizzie and Eliza are my fav nns for it, a la Elizabeth Bennet, but I love the whole name so very much!! Ps I didn’t know the queen was nn’d Lilibet…thats really cute since its based on her own childish misprn. 🙂
on August 3rd, 2012 at 11:46 am
I went through these hoping to find a Lulu, but was disappointed. My younger sister is named Elizabeth, and we’ve been calling her Lulu as long as I can remember.
My favorites of these have to be Lillibet and Beth, other than Lulu, of course.
on August 4th, 2012 at 12:55 am
No love for Tibby? I had a friend in school named Tybie, just Tybie. Not sure how Elizabeth morphs into it (like Sookie from Susan?) but I still have a fondness for it.
Betsy is just so stinkin cute, it’s my fave from the list.
on August 4th, 2012 at 7:51 am
What about Bethyn, Bethy, Ela with only one l and the Gothic sounding Lilith?
I also go with the request for a list on page 1 as I use my laptop on zoom, which causes the slides to jump around when I select ‘next’.
on August 4th, 2012 at 8:23 am
My favourites are Eliza (my favourite name EVER!) Lilibet and Liza!
on August 4th, 2012 at 7:50 pm
I’m very disappionted that my own short form of Elizabeth, Ellie, wasn’t mentioned!!
on August 4th, 2012 at 8:04 pm
My name is Elizabeth. I love it. There are so many more nicknames than what is listed. My one Dad’s friend calls me Elesbee. It’s cute. I go by Liz, Lizzy, Lizzi, Eliza and Lisa and at work and my family I go by full name it is so beautiful after all. Elizabeth. and it is easy actually is easy to spell for a 9 letter long name. It is going to be my daughter’s middle name.
on August 5th, 2012 at 3:47 pm
I met an Elizabeth who went by the nickname Biz. I thought it was so cool and spunky sounding, which matched her personality really well. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought it was a great name!
on September 21st, 2012 at 9:19 pm
I love the nicknames Liz/Lizzie, Betty, and Bess.
All of the Elizabeth/Elisabeth-s I know go by their full name, but one is sometimes called Izzy.
on February 25th, 2013 at 9:41 pm
I love Lizzy the way Elizabeth Bennet spells it. If I ever have a daughter that’s what I want to call her.
on March 26th, 2013 at 10:50 am
Elizabeth is such a golden opportunity for nicknames that make my head spin! I’m quite fond of Eliza, and Libby/Liddy… more on the side of Liddy than Libby, for whatever reason it feels more mature to me. I like Betty’s vintage flair, as well as Bette’s, and Betsy has become more appealing, too.
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