Elisabeth: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Elisabeth

Elisabeth

Pronunciation: eh-LIZ-ə-behth, ee-LIZ-ə-behth (key)

Origin of the name Elisabeth:

Derived from the Hebrew elīsheba` (God is my oath). The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of John the Baptist. Var: Elisabeth. Short: Beth, Elisa, Elise, Eliza, Lisa, Lisabeth, Liz, Liza, Lizabeth. Pet: Betsy, Betty, Ellie, Elsie, Lizzie, Lizzy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Elisabeth: | Edit

This is a great name for the child of an international family, as this spelling of Elizabeth is the standard form in many European countries, including Germany, France, Belgium, and Sweden. It can be a bit of a drag correcting the spelling, as most people in the U.S. will automatically spell it with a "z" unless told otherwise. However, it is distinctive and beautiful, and has many possible nicknames.

Personal experiences with the name Elisabeth: | Edit

I chose to use the spelling Elisabeth for my daughter because I liked the look better, and I dislike the nickname Liz. People do have to be told that it's with an s, and it is often misspelled, but so far, she's ok with that, and is even ok getting personalized items that say, "Elizabeth". She is 9. I love her name, and while it can be a pain to spell it, I don't regret choosing this spelling, and I hope that she never regrets that I chose this spelling.

Elisabeth is my middle name, and I have always loved that it's spelled with an "s" (I'm 28). I definitely like it better than Elizabeth, since it is less common in the United States, but more of an international name.

This is my name, and I've always really liked it because it looks so much prettier than Elizabeth, and it was chosen by my mother to honor her nationality, which is German. But nobody ever spells it correctly, even if you spell it for them. I go by Eliza, and once people realize that my full name is Elisabeth, they try to spell my nickname Elisa. When I went by Liz people would spell it Lis. It drives me nuts! But I guess what doesn't kill us makes us stronger! :)

Nicknames for Elisabeth: | Edit

Libby, Beth, Betsy, Betty, Biz, Liese, Liesel, Ilse, Lis, Lise, Liz,Lilli, Lilibet, Elisa, Ellie, Elly, Elsa, Else, Elsie, Lisa, Lili, Lisette, Lissie, Lissa, Lizzie, Lizzy, Elis, Ellis, Eliza, Thea, Tibbie/Tibby, Sabby, Lizi, Effy

Meanings and history of the name Elisabeth: | Edit

From Hebrew, meaning "God's promise". This is the original spelling, and the one used in most countries; the English version is Elizabeth.

Famous real-life people named Elisabeth: | Edit

St. Elisabeth of Hungary, patron of young brides, bakers, charity workers, and widows
Elisabeth, empress of Austria, aka "Sisi"
Elisabeth, queen of Belgium
Elisabeth Shue, American actress
Elisabeth Rohm, American actress
Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
Elisabeth Moss, American actress
Elisabeth Sladen, English actress

Elisabeth in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Good Night Elisabeth" by Counting Crows
"Elisabeth" (1992), musical about Empress Elisabeth of Austria
"Elisabeth", song by German New Wave group Snaep
"Elisabeth Marie Simpson" aka Lisa Simpson: animated television show "The Simpsons"

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