Elizabeth Name Meaning & Origin


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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A RESOURCE FOR A FULL LIST OF VARIANTS AND DIMINUTIVES FOR ELIZABETH (due to limited space here), SEE https://www.behindthename.com/name/elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Paige and I'm smart, pretty, athletic, modest, and love to be social.

I've always loved the name Elizabeth. My name is Katherine, and I love the traditional names <3

A classic name that will never go out of style.

My name is Elizabeth Rebecca Sue. The only problem I have is that my grandfather nicknamed me Becky as an infant and it stuck. I have a lot of people ask me how they got Becky out of Elizabeth (until they learn that I go by my middle name). I had a very long last name so writing my entire legal name can be tedious. My mother's maiden name was Taylor. She is the same age as Elizabeth Taylor and could have been her twin, so she insisted my name be Elizabeth. Dad insisted on Rebecca Sue. I chose a name for my daughter that she goes by and is not difficult for her. She is named Alisa Ann.

I currently know two people named Elizabeth. One is nice, the other not so much. It's funny, whenever I hear the name I think of one or the other, but I never think of them both at the same time. Whenever I do, the name seems weird. lol

Elizabeth is a great name for someone who has multi-personalities - there's so many names combined in the name Elizabeth!

My name is Megan Elizabeth, and I love my middle name much more then my first name. Some of my friends even call me Liz! I think Elizabeth is a beautiful name!

We named our daughter Elizabeth.- but our 3 yr old had a hard time with saying it...so he would say "Lili-biff". And so her nickname was born, Lily. I love the seemingly infinite number of nicknames for Elizabeth - because Lily really suits her personality, and it was not originally on our radar.

My half-sister's mom (who I've always seen as a second mother) is named Elizabeth/Liz. It's the greatest connection to a name you could ask for. While if on its own it could sound regal I see it as happy, sunny, and intelligent thanks to her. A wonderful name!

Personal experiences with the name Elizabeth

-Named my Betty, Elizabeth Marie, after both of my sister. We call her Babet or Betters for the most part. She is my "Bitty Betty Betters", I am only allowed to call her that in private! Mostly we call her Babet and that seems to catch on with other kids.-

My name is Elizabeth Rose Louise (I legally added the Louise in when I changed my surname when I was sixteen, but I'd called myself that since I was about five!) I'm 21, and I love my name. I think it is a regal and old fashioned name. I, however, get called Libby (which wasn't that common as I grew up. I only ever met one other Libby. And was her name, it wasn't shortened). This has been mistaken to be short for Liberty before though. I really dislike it when people all me Lizzy or Liz. I do sometimes prefer to be called Elizabeth, and often do when I'm in hospital. My great aunt is named Mary Elizabeth and she is loving, caring, friendly and funny. My mum's friend is also named Elizabeth and she is friendly and caring too. So all in all, a common, but professional-sounding, regal and sophisticated name that I love!

My name is Elizabeth, and while I go by Beth, I've always appreciated having such a beautiful, professional-sounding name like Elizabeth. It looks great on resumes, job applications, etc.

The Elizabeth I know is really narcissistic and mean and judgemental, she calls herself Beth, so both of these names are ruined for me. Though she is very smart and so is the only other Elizabeth I know, so maybe being smart goes with Elizabeth.

My friend is called Elizabeth and she absolutely hates it so everyone knows her as Beth.

My name is Elizabeth. When I was a kid, I kind of hated it. Mostly because everyone I knew would say, "Your name is Elizabeth? That's my middle name!" Because apparently, Elizabeth sounds good with pretty much every other girl name. But I've grown into it, I think. I'm working on my PhD so I guess I'm pretty smart. And also maternal. Lots of people tell me I'm very motherly. In college, my nickname was Mommy Bird. I've never gone by a nickname, really. My full name is Elizabeth Joanne and sometimes my aunt calls me Eliza Jo to be funny. My parents call me Little Bit or LB when it's just the family around. I had a boyfriend in high school who called me "Liz," but when we broke up, I pretty much forbid people to call me that. My husband calls me "Ellie" sometimes but I still introduce myself as Elizabeth. I am a person of faith and I like the spiritual associations of my name, as well.

We named our daughter Elizabeth 21 years ago, mainly because of the many, many nicknames associated with the name. However, none of them seemed to fit, and to this day she insists on being called by her full name. She gets very frustrated and annoyed when people presume to call her Liz, Lizzy, or Beth.

My name is Elizabeth. I am creative, strong, and very happy with my name.

i like my name-Elizabeth. it's normal enough and a bunch of great people have shared my name and it makes me feel like i have some sort of connection with them.

I have a best friend named Elizabeth.She has been through many hard times with me.I have known her forever. I have never met an Elizabeth I haven't liked.

My name is Elizabeth, and I love it. It's charming and sweet. My ma and pa call me Elf/Elfie because when I was little my pointy ears were to big for my head and used to stick out. Fortunately now the rest of me has grown to catch up with the size of my ears, and they don't stick out half as bad. Most of the time now though I go by Elizabeth as it's truly beautiful.

My friend's name is Elizabeth and we just call her Elizabeth (or maybe Lizbeth). Her full name suits her much better than any nickname. I love it's historical value and how versatile it is!

My name is Elizabeth. I adore this being my name because it is smart and professional, but has many casual and equally pretty nicknames available. I used to go by Lizzie when up until I was 12 and now I'm just Liz to my friends. But at school, work and any other place I need to be professional I am Elizabeth. My mother also calls me Beth, and my father Ellie, but I don't like them as much. I have also only met one Elizabeth my age, so it is definitely not very common (at least not in my area), but never once have I been asked how to spell or pronounce it. The only downfall is that I always gets comments about it being someone's middle name, but I don't mind too much. I believe it is a very versatile name in that sense-it works well as both a first and middle name! I feel my parents were right to call me Elizabeth, it is a beautiful name that I love having!

My name is Elizabeth Natasha Grace. I was born in the mid 80's. Honestly, I have a love-hate relationship with the name. When I was little, my mother called me Lizzie-Beth, dad called me Liz or Ellie, and both called me Beth or Lizzie-Grace. I didn't like ANY of them (especially Lizzie-Beth and Lizzie-Grace!) but Liz, so I insisted everybody call me Liz. My little sisters always me Lisa though, as they misheard Liz, and so many family friends to this day still say "Lisa-I mean Liz, sorry!". Also I had a hyphenated last name, so writing my full name could become a chore after several times. There was a stage when I was about 14-16 where I REALLY hated the name Elizabeth and wanted to drop it and go by Natasha instead. As such, some friends from high school call me Natty. Around the time I got my first job at 17, I realized how professional Elizabeth actually looked on a resume, so I grew to love the name. People find it funny that I complain about the length of my name, yet I gave my two daughters (Victoria Michelle and Isabella Jade) lengthy names too! Overall, Elizabeth is a great name that looks really nice and professional, but it's not an easy name to have if you have a lengthy middle name and surname too!

My littlest sister's name is Elizabeth Grace. We call her Libby, which is not only fitting, but works with my other sister and my names. Lizzie was much too similar to my name, Lindsey. Beth is the name of a family member. Eliza, Liz, Ella, Betty, and Ellie, as well as some of the other (many) common nicknames associated with Elizabeth were just not as appealing to us as 'Libby'. We often call her Libby Grace, Libbers, or Lizbeth.

I'm Elizabeth. I grew up in an extremely religious area of Texas, so almost every girl my age I knew shared my name! It was to the point I couldn't just be Elizabeth M, as there was another Elizabeth M who was ALWAYS in my class! As such, to differentiate, I went by Liz (which is still my preferred nickname now) and she was Beth. Though I have no problems with the full Elizabeth, I feel Liz suits my personality a bit better.

I've had a favoritism for the name Elizabeth because I always thought it was so fancy due to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. And I want to name my daughter, Ellizabeth Rose (she hasn't been born yet), with double 'L' because of her Godmother's name (also my bestfriend), Elli. But her name is not short for anything. But it brings my favorite name and my favorite person into one name (even though it will only add in an extra letter).

My name Is Elizabeth. Since I was young I've gone by Eli (pronounced like Ellie), and only my close family call me Elle, but now that I'm older, I prefer people to call me by my whole name. I don't have a middle name; it's just Elizabeth. But when I'm older, I'm gonna make it Elizabeth Jessica. I was actually named after a line of Elizabeth's. It is my grandmothers name and was my great-grandmothers name. Everyone I've met and all my friends say I have a lovely name, and without being snarky, I have to agree; I love my name. It sounds so intelligent and respectable, and the meaning is just gorgeous, 'God is My Oath.' As a catholic, I really love it and find myself able to relate to it. I also like how it's a long name and has many nicknames for it, though I don't like them all. Eli and Elle have stuck since I was young, and I love both diminutives. However, I don't like Beth, or Liz, or Eliza. They're probably the nicknames I hate most. I don't mind Lizzy and Betty, and even quite like the sound of the latter, but they never stuck. Sadly, Elizabeth isn't as popular a name as it used to be, and that makes me sad, because it's such a lovely name. It's been around for a long time, but has a way of making it sound young and even new. I hope it becomes more popular in the future and hope that more people begin to appreciate it as I do.

Nicknames for Elizabeth

Eli (pronounced like Ellie)

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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