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Uncommon Nicknames for Elizabeth

  • Etta

    Etta, once a short form of Henrietta, has long been used on its own, and we wonder if it could follow the progression of Emma to Ella to...Etta.

    Etta has taken the first step, having... Read More 

  • Ilsa

    Ilsa is remembered as the radiant but tragic heroine of "Casablanca," and it's having something of a European resurgence. Read More 

  • Izzy

    The longer Isabella stays in the Top 10—and it's been there for more than a decade—the more we hear the nickname Izzy (especially if we watch Grey's Anatomy). it's just a matter of time... Read More 

  • Lea

    More attractive than Lee, less meaningful than Leah. While traditionally pronounced as a homonym for Lee, Glee actress Lea Michele pronounces her name like Leah. Regardless of your... Read More 

  • Lettie

    Lettie, also spelled Letty, is a nickname name not heard in over a century, giving it the patina of a treasured antique. Lettie's style currency is rising with the trend for old-fashioned,... Read More 

  • Libby

    Through all the years when Betty, Betsy, Beth, Liz, and Lizzie were the Elizabethan nicknames of choice, the bubblier Libby was set aside, but today it may be the most modern of all—it has already... Read More 

  • Liesl

    While we long dismissed Liesl as being stuck in the Alps with Heidi, the Nameberry community has forced us to reconsider. Yes, like Heidi, Liesl is an old German nickname-name that has never quite... Read More 

  • Lilibet

  • Lily

    Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later... Read More 

  • Lisa

    Elvis naming his daughter Lisa Marie and Nat King Cole's hit song "Mona Lisa" conspired to catapult one of Elizabeth's many offshoots to Number 4 in 1970. Its star barely twinkles now.Read More 

  • Liz

    A girl named Liz on her birth certificate could feel deprived of her full identity. Call her Liz, but name her Elizabeth -- or at least Lizbeth or Eliza.Read More 

  • Liza

    Liza is still tied to Ms. Minnelli, who was named by her mother Judy Garland after a George Gershwin song. Step up to Eliza instead. Read More 

  • Lizbeth

    For parents who are trying to cut down on their vowels and syllables. Read More 

  • Lizzie

    Lizzie was commonly used as an independent name in the last half of the nineteenth century. Today Lizzie is still one of the most stylish short forms of Elizabeth, but few U.S. parents put it on... Read More 

  • Lydda

    Lydda is the name of a Biblical town whose similarity to Lydia makes it plausible as a first name. But if you're considering Lydda, we can't help but wonder: Why not just stick with Lydia?Read More 

  • Tess

    With its solid Thomas Hardy background, Tess has a lot more substance, strength, and style than most single-syllable names, with an efficient yet relaxed image.

    The iconic literary... Read More 

  • Thea

    Thea is a diminutive of names ending in -thea, including Dorothea, Althea, and Anthea. It is also the Anglicized spelling of Theia, the Titan of sight, goddess of light, and mother of the moon.... Read More 

  • Tibby

    Cute and unusual as a nickname, but lacking the legs to stand on its own. Read More 

  • Zea

    An unusual possibility; Zea would fit right in with schoolmates named Tea and Leya. Read More 

  • Zella

    This is an African name that would fit into any culture. Read More 

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