Elizabeth Name Meaning & Origin

Elizabeth

Pronunciation: eh-LI-zə-behth (key)

Origin of the name Elizabeth:

Derived from the Hebrew elīsheba' (God is my oath). The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Bess, Beth, Betsy, Bette, Betty, Buffy, Elisabeta, Elisabeth, Elisheba, Elisheva, Eliza, Elle, Elsa, Elsie, Elspeth, Isabel, Izzy, Libby, Liddy, Lisa, Lise, Liz, Liza, Lizbeth, Ellie

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Meanings and history of the name Elizabeth

Elizabeth is the English translation of the Hebrew name Elisheba, derived from the roots אֵל (el) referring to the Hebrew God and שָׁבַע (shava') meaning "oath". Loosely translated, it means "God's promise".

This meaning is reflected in the story of the biblical Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, In Luke 1:36-37, the angel Gabriel says "'Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."'

Famous real-life people named Elizabeth

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, accuser during the Salem Witch Trials
Elizabeth Banks, American actress
Elizabeth Enright, American children's author
Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey, American actress and comedian
Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist
Elizabeth Gilbert, American novelist
Elizabeth Gillies, American actress/singer
Elizabeth Grant (stage name Lana Del Rey), American singer/songwriter
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale, American singer/songwriter, frontwoman of Pennsylvania rock band Halestorm
Elizabeth Hurley, English actress
Elizabeth McGovern, American actress
Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress
Elizabeth Montgomory, American actress
Elizabeth Olsen, American actress
Elizabeth Perkins, American actress
Elisabeth Shue, American actress
Elizabeth Taylor, American actress
Elizabeth "Betsey" Schuyler Hamilton, charity worker, wife of Alexander Hamilton and co-founder of the Graham Windham orphanage
Elizabeth Short aka "The Black Dahlia"
Elizabeth Allen Dick (b. 2009), daughter of American actor and comedian Tim Allen

Elizabeth in song, story & screen

Elizabeth Bennet, character in "Pride and Prejudice"
Elizabeth "Beth" March, character in "Little Women"
Elizabeth Swann, character in "The Pirates of the Carribean" trilogy
Elizabeth Walton, character in the 1970s television show "The Waltons"
"Elizabeth", song by the Statler Brothers 1982
"Elizabeth Gone", a poem by Anne Sexton about her mother
Elizabeth Montgomery, a character in the 2000's television show, "Reba"
"Goodnight, Elizabeth", by the Counting Crows
Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford is a character in the Japanese anime "Black Butler" or "Kuroshitsuji"
Elizabeth Vaughn, main character in the broadway show If/Then
Elizabeth Wakefield, character in the Sweet Valley High series of teen novels
Elizabeth 'Effy' Stonem from the TV series Skins
Elizabeth Thornberry from the Wild Thornberries cartoon. She goes by Eliza.
Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler is a character in the musical "Hamilton".
Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock - Psylocke in the X-Men, Excalibur and X-Force comics
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" is a beautiful instrumental song by the Allman Brothers Band.
Elizabeth Liones from the anime "Seven Deadly Sins"
Elizabeth "Liz" Sutton, a character in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls book series
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Saltzman Salvatore, a character from CW shows 'The Vampire Diaries', 'The Originals' and 'Legacies'

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