Elizabeth vs Elisabeth

I have two unrelated questions in one topic since I don't want to spread many threads. 

1. What do you think of the spelling Elisabeth?

I usually don't like made up names but in this case I don't think it's too odd or uncommon. Even if she'll have to constantly say "Elisabeth spelt with an S" I don't think it's a big deal. Just please share your honest thoughts on the name compared to the "default" spelling.

We will use nn's Eliza or Elisa. 


2. Thoughts on DARIA?



Thank you very much. I really trust your opinions. 


May 18, 2018 6:07 AM

Elizabeth is the typical spelling, but Elisabeth has been in use here and there for a long time.  She will have to say "Elisabeth with an S" all the time indeed, but neither is this a goofy kre8iv spelling.

If I were you, I would decide on nickname Elisa OR Eliza and let the long version flow from there.  The nicknames are pronounced very differently (eh-lee-sa versus ee-lie-zah) so these are not at all interchangeable names by a long shot.  If you want to have lots of nickname options, that's also a plus for Elizabeth.  The S version, to me, implies you are going for something with an S sound specifically6.

Daria is fantastic.  I like it much better, actually.

May 18, 2018 9:31 AM

Thanks a lot. Is Daria professional-sounding?

May 18, 2018 9:49 AM

My full name is actually Elisabeth with an S and I love my name. Yes, it does occasionally cause headaches, but there is something softer and more refined to me about this spelling. Many languages spell it this way, so it really isn't very odd. I've met a few others with my same spelling, though not very often. I'm considering having a female junior from how much I love it.

Daria reminds me of the TV show with no other associations. It's a fine name.

By mk
May 18, 2018 1:24 PM

I love the Elisabeth spelling and wish it was used more in the U.S. It is not made up, it is an alternative spelling used in many countries.

I like Elisabeth better, but Daria is a fine name.

By EVie
May 18, 2018 2:06 PM

Goodness, Elisabeth isn't a made up spelling! Whatever gave you that idea? It's the default spelling in several languages other than English (French, German, Scandinavian languages). I happen to prefer it to the z spelling, as I find it softer and more graceful. I also prefer the s-set of nicknames (Liesel, Lis, Lissa, Lissie, Lisbet, Elise). 

Daria is also a classic name. I tend to associate it more with Eastern European culture than Western, as it seems to have gotten more usage there (possibly because of use as an Eastern Orthodox saint name... it's also a Roman Catholic saint name, but for some reason never really took off). But it's a very international name. I really like the Russian nickname for it, Dasha. 

May 18, 2018 3:13 PM

If you go with the nickname Eliza, use the Elizabeth spelling. The nickname Elisa is pronounced quite differently, although I think you could use either spelling of the full name for this nickname. I have always loved the Elisabeth spelling even though I quite like my name.

Daria is a fine name and has the advantage of being much less common. If you have a common surname, this name will save your daughter from constantly being mixed up with the 75 other Elizabeth Bakers (for example) living in your area.

May 20, 2018 1:20 AM

Thanks a lot for all the helpful thoughts! 

Also, it was very interesting to know real Elizabeths/Elisabeths' opinions!