The meaning of the name “Elizabeth” is: “Consecrated to God; my God is a vow; my God is abundance”.
Additional information: Elizabeth is a feminine Hebrew name meaning ‘God is my oath’, or ‘pledged to God’ as a more modern interpretation, used widely in Greek, English and Hebrew languages. Elizabeth is derived from the Greek girl name Elisabet, 'Ελισάβετ', the Hebrew girl name Εlīsheba and the English girl name Elisabetha. It is a biblical name, in the Old Testament of the Bible, Elisheba was the wife of Aaron. In the New Testament of the Bible, it was given to a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist. It was also the name of the 12th-century Saint Elizabeth.
The name is associated with royalty, mostly because of the Tudor monarch Elizabeth I, the Windsor monarch Elizabeth II and by an empress of Russia. Common alternative spellings are Elisabeth, Elyzabeth, Elizabeta and Elsabeth, and it has a lot of diminutives and nicknames – these include variants on Bess, Bettie, Eliza, Elsa, Libby, and Lizzie, with Elizabeth II still being called ‘Lilibet’ by family members. It also has a lot of different foreign spellings, which include Elise (Danish), Liesbeth (Dutch), Liesel (German), and Elisabetta (Italian). Common misspellings of Elizabeth are ‘Elizebeth’, ‘Elizibeth’, and ‘Elizbeth’.
The name Elizabeth has seen a slight decrease in popularity as a girls name in the USA since the late nineteenth century, falling from the top ten to the top twenty, but it is still a popular name for girls, ranking at number 10 in USA for 2012 and becoming the fourteenth most popular name in 2014. Elizabeth has also seen sporadic popularity as a masculine name in the USA, in particular at the start of the twentieth century, during the thirties, and during the eighties. The name is surprisingly less popular in England and Wales, considering the long reign of Elizabeth II – the name hasn’t broken into the top thirty most popular names for girls since 1996, and was the 39th most popular name in 2013.
Famous monarchs named Elizabeth include the British Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Queen consort of George VI), Elizabeth of York (Queen consort of Henry VII), and Elizabeth Woodville (Queen consort of Edward IV). Aside from monarchs, famous people named Elizabeth include Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Victorian poet), Elizabeth Fry (English prison worker, and the person on the Bank of England £5 note), and Elizabeth Taylor (British-American actress).
There is an urban legend that George W. Bush, while President of the United States of America, paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth II and took a ride in her horse and carriage; according to legend, one of the horses was flatulent, and when the Queen apologised, George W. Bush assumed that she had been the flatulent one. This story was, in fact, based on a viral joke that emerged shortly after his state visit, and he never took a ride in a carriage drawn by horses, flatulent or otherwise.
Tim Allen & Jane Allen have chosen Elizabeth for their girl's name.
Pronunciation: (eh LIZ ah beth) Form of:Elisabet Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Elizabeth Taylor, actress
Elizabeth Hurley, actress
Elizabeth Banks, American actress
Elizabeth Enright, American children's author
Betty Grable, born Elizabeth Ruth Grable, actress
Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey, American actress and comedian
Elizabeth Blackwell, physician
Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist
Betty Hutton, born Elizabeth Thornburg, actress
Elizabeth Gillies, American actress/singer
Téa Leoni, born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni , actress
Elizabeth McGovern, American actress
Elizabeth Montgomory, American actress
Elizabeth Olsen, American actress
Elizabeth Perkins, American actress
Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran, journalist
Elisabeth Shue, American actress
Elizabeth Taylor, American actress
Elizabeth Grant (stage name Lana Del Rey), American singer/songwriter
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet.
Considering Elizabeth as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Elizabeth for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Elizabeth is a girl name.
The name Elizabeth is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Elizabeth we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Elizabeth Name Meaning
The meaning of Elizabeth is “Consecrated to God; my God is a vow; my God is abundance”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Elizabeth and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Elizabeth and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Elizabeth is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Elizabeth
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Elizabeth displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Elizabeth Boy Name Popularity Chart
Elizabeth Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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