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Best International Variations of Elizabeth

Best International Variations of Elizabeth
Regal Elizabeth is one of the most classic baby names you can choose for your little girl. Famous bearers of the strong and traditional female name Elizabeth include two British monarchs (including the current Queen, Elizabeth II), Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, philanthropist and wife of Alexander Hamilton, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell, and iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Along with Isabella and Eliza, other international variations of Elizabeth in the US Top 1000 include Elise, Isabel, Elsie, Bella, Belle, Elisa, Elisabeth, and Izabella. There are many other highly unusual variants of Elizabeth still waiting to be discovered, like the Scottish Ailsa, the Icelandic Ellisif, or the Hungarian Erzsebet.

If you're looking for unique options to honor an Elizabeth in your family tree or want a unique baby girl name which is still rooted in tradition, then this list of the best of Elizabeth's international variants is for you!
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ElsieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth via its Scottish variation, Elspeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed—but look at her now! She is currently ranked very highly in the U.K., and in the US, she's widely used as well, having returned to the popular names list in 2005 after a thirty-year hiatus. Elsie is now one of the fastest-rising girl names starting with E.

IsabellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Isabella is the Latinate form of Isabel, a variation of Elizabeth which originally derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba. Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish spelling Isobel another possibility. Newer alternatives include Sabella and Isabetta.

ElizaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    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.”

EliseHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Elise originated as French diminutive of Elizabeth but is now most commonly used as self-contained name. In English and French speaking countries, Elise is pronounced with two syllables, but in countries with Germanic or Scandinavian languages it is pronounced with three syllables, closer to Elisa.

IsabelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Isabel derived from Elizabeth in southwest Europe during the Middle Ages. It was originally written as Elisabel, but the first syllable was dropped as it spread across the continent. In Spain and Portugal, Isabel and Elizabeth are considered to be variations of the same name, but they are treated as separate names in other European countries and the US.
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BellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Isabella, Italian
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Bella derived as a diminutive of Isabella and other names with the suffix -bella. While Isabella is a variation of Elizabeth and thus means “God is my oath,” Bella is considered to mean “beautiful.” This is because Bella is related to the word for “beautiful” in languages including Spanish, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Greek, as well as the name Belle, which means “beautiful” in French.

BelleHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Isabelle or French
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. As if this weren't enough good things, Belle is also one of the most familiar and usable names that mean beautiful. Though it has been overshadowed by the Twilight-influenced Bella and longer forms like Isabella and Annabella, Belle has its own Southern charm and would make a pretty choice as a first or middle name.

ElsaHeart

  • Origin:

    German diminutive of Elisabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Lost in limbo for decades and decades, Elsa now stands a good chance of following along in the progression from Emma to Ella to Etta, thanks to the ice queen heroine who "Let It Go" in the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen. The name shot all the up to Number 286 (its highest ranking since the 1890s) in the year after the release of the movie, though it's now dropped back down the list in the US.

ElspethHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several of his female characters.

AilsaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish from Norse
  • Meaning:

    "elf victory"
  • Description:

    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella, and could also be thought of as a relative of Elizabeth or Elsa.
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LisaHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Liza, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    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.

IsobelHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Isabel
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    The Scottish spelling of Isabel has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength but also an element of confusion. How do you pronounce that? Answer: Exactly like Isabel or Isabelle.

ElisaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Description:

    Elisa may be one of the most appealing of this contingent of names, but the Elizabeth variations that start with A are heading up, the E versions down. Eliza is much more stylish these days than Elisa.

LisetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Elizabeth or Lise
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Lisette, also spelled Lizette, is a dainty,, if somewhat dated, Gallic offshoot of Elizabeth. It reached its U.S. peak of popularity in 1999, then fell off the list in 2001.

IsaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "strong-willed"
  • Description:

    Isa is a name unto itself but might also be a short form of Isabel or Isadora. With the new popularity of Isabel and Isabella and even Bella, Isa may become more familiar.
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IsabeauHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Isabel
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    With Isabel getting so popular, parents are searching for new varieties of the name, and Isabeau is one that makes a lovely French twist.

ElisabethHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    This spelling of the classic name is found in France, Germany, Greece, and other cultures, and is worn by such notables as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth Shue, Elisabeth Moss, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The name's pronunciation is usually just like the Z version, but some parents choose this because they want to discourage the Liz or Lizzie short forms and so pronounce it as if it has Lisa in the middle.

ElishevaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Elisheva was the original name of Aaron's wife in the Book of Exodus; Elisheva gains strength and distinction via the v sound.

IzabellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Isabella
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Parents seeking a way to differentiate their Isabella from all the others could consider this zippier spelling. It does have the jazzy nickname Izzy.

IlseHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Ilsa
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Pronounced with two syllables, as if spelled Ilsa, Ilse is popular in The Netherlands and may rise here with cousin Elsa.
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IlsaHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

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

ElsbethHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Although they could be easily confused, Elsbeth is a fairly unusual contracted German version of Elizabeth, while cousin Elspeth hails from Scotland. With its 'beth' ending, Elsbeth feels closer to the mother name.

LizaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Eliza, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Description:

    Liza's heyday was the mid-1970s, following on the heels of super-popular sister Lisa. But thanks to the fact that it never became superpopular, Liza remains a name not especially tied to one generation or style.

IssaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Isa, German
  • Meaning:

    "strong-willed"
  • Description:

    Issa might make more sense if you're using it as a nickname for any one of the various names ending in -issa, but this spelling is also an Arabic and Hebrew boy name. The Isa spelling is almost exclusively feminine.

EliskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech from Hebrew, pet form of Elisheva
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Eliška is warm and friendly, in the MISHA/SASHA mode.
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BethanHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Description:

    Very popular in Wales, this perfectly nice name's only problem is its similarity to the dated Beth Ann.

LizetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Whether you spell it Lisette or Lizette, a somewhat dated diminutive that nevertheless retains some charm.

ElkaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, pet form of Adalheidis
  • Meaning:

    "noble one"
  • Description:

    Much more managable than the full form of the name. Possible exotic alternative to Ella.
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ElliHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Finnish diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    In Germany and Finland, a common short form of names beginning with El-, including Elizabeth, Elina, and Elisa.

YsabelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Isabel
  • Description:

    Ysabel is the original spelling of this ever-more-popular name, though to English-speakers, the initial Y may confuse pronunciation.

BabetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Barbara
  • Description:

    A less common relic of the Claudette-Paulette-Annette era.

BettinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "God is my oath"
  • Description:

    Bettina is a dainty ballerina version of Betty, that has not been heard much since its 1950s-60s heyday. Bettina appeared in the Danielle Steele novel Loving, and in real life as one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids.

LiseHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elisabeth, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Lise is most often found in the U.S. as the second half of the hybrid name Annalise.
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EttyHeart

  • Origin:

    French diminutive
  • Meaning:

    "little"
  • Description:

    Ettie or Etty works as a nickname for any name with a prominent "et" sound, usually at the end: think Henrietta, Juliette or Colette. The -ette ending is a French diminutive suffix.

BetaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, second letter of the Greek alphabet
  • Description:

    If you can't have an Alpha male, how about a Beta girl.

IbbyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    An English diminutive of Isabel or Elizabeth that works best with a longer form on the birth certificate.

LizbethHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Elizabeth
  • Description:

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

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    This version softens, feminizes, and glamorizes the long-time favorite. A fresh way to honor Grandma Betty. Elizabetta is a variation.

BettaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    A modern version of the dated Betty. You might want to consider varying Elizabeth, too, to the Italian Elisabetta.

SabelaHeart

  • Origin:

    Galician variation of "Isabella"
  • Meaning:

    "Isabella"
  • Description:

    Isabel and Isabella are everywhere - but here is a variation that is both unusual and familiar.
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ElixaneHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque, diminutive or local variant of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    A rare name even among Basque speakers (fewer than 20 women in Spain are called Elixane), this beautiful name has drawn some attention via Elixane Lechemia, the French pro-tennis player.

IsabelaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Isabella
  • Description:

    One fewer L makes this name much less popular than the more traditional spelling.

ChavelleHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Chevelle, variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Chavelle is used both as a variation of Chevelle, an American name created by Chevrolet for a 1964 car model, and as a variation of Elizabeth.
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