Elizabeth Name Meaning

Noble and timeless, regal and divine, Elizabeth is a classic in every sense of the word. She’s transcended time through royalty and commoners alike, sprinkling her magic across the centuries.

Elizabeth is the epitome of elegance, sauntering down red carpets and sitting atop thrones throughout history. She’s a head turner wherever she goes, easily recognizable as one of the most popular female names in history. Her usage isn’t limited to English either, with variants like Elisabet and Elspeth appearing worldwide.

A little Elizabeth is distinguished and proud, a mighty name resting on a little baby ready to take on the world. Elizabeth holds her head high, proud of herself and her accomplishments. She’s the sister of Victoria and Katherine with her flair for all things fabulous evident a mile away. Don’t be fooled by her class however, as little Elizabeth isn’t one to shy away from splashing in puddles after a fresh rain. She’s sugar, spice, and everything nice as well as a pinch of playful.

Elizabeth, while gorgeous on her own, also boasts a ton of nickname potential. There’s the fashionable Eliza and the vintage Betty. There’s also the sweet Ellie and Bethie. Diminutives include Elsie and Betsy as well as the more formal Elsa and Isabel.

Infographic of Elizabeth name meaning, which is Derived from the Hebrew Elisheva, Elizabeth means God is my oath.
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Elizabeth Name Popularity

How popular is the name Elizabeth? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Elizabeth was the 13th most popular girls name, representing 0.6196% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Elizabeth has been the 3rd most popular girls name, representing 1.0286% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 7 5,792 1.645%
1911 7 6,295 1.6905%
1912 8 8,520 1.6895%
1913 8 9,503 1.6761%
1914 8 11,367 1.6311%
1915 8 14,103 1.5523%
1916 8 14,935 1.5461%
1917 8 15,127 1.512%
1918 9 15,853 1.4771%
1919 8 15,285 1.4597%
1920 8 15,910 1.4309%
1921 10 15,799 1.3797%
1922 9 15,242 1.3681%
1923 9 15,458 1.3801%
1924 11 14,951 1.2875%
1925 10 13,927 1.2322%
1926 11 12,835 1.167%
1927 13 12,527 1.1317%
1928 14 11,762 1.0993%
1929 15 11,247 1.0858%
1930 15 10,991 1.0522%
1931 16 10,292 1.0428%
1932 17 9,994 1.0116%
1933 17 9,014 0.9675%
1934 18 9,341 0.9663%
1935 17 9,075 0.9339%
1936 18 8,858 0.9196%
1937 17 9,383 0.9522%
1938 17 9,800 0.9573%
1939 18 9,707 0.9543%
1940 20 9,949 0.936%
1941 21 10,265 0.912%
1942 22 11,182 0.8855%
1943 23 11,646 0.8921%
1944 23 11,033 0.8902%
1945 26 10,337 0.8476%
1946 25 11,752 0.7964%
1947 25 13,441 0.8052%
1948 26 13,208 0.8274%
1949 25 13,712 0.8524%
1950 24 14,337 0.8904%
1951 23 15,120 0.8918%
1952 22 16,023 0.9179%
1953 21 16,092 0.9092%
1954 20 16,581 0.9071%
1955 21 16,696 0.9077%
1956 22 16,340 0.8651%
1957 22 17,497 0.9093%
1958 22 18,528 0.9803%
1959 21 18,432 0.9701%
1960 18 18,858 0.9953%
1961 19 18,852 0.9986%
1962 20 17,801 0.9696%
1963 20 17,590 0.9799%
1964 16 17,288 0.9822%
1965 16 16,322 0.9981%
1966 16 15,884 1.0173%
1967 13 16,115 1.0619%
1968 17 14,889 0.9916%
1969 16 15,296 0.9929%
1970 18 15,119 0.95%
1971 19 13,603 0.9052%
1972 15 12,187 0.8948%
1973 13 12,358 0.9532%
1974 12 12,259 0.9432%
1975 15 12,474 0.9707%
1976 16 13,548 1.0512%
1977 13 16,426 1.2186%
1978 14 16,807 1.2501%
1979 11 18,077 1.282%
1980 9 19,529 1.3357%
1981 9 20,171 1.3722%
1982 8 20,511 1.3726%
1983 10 19,843 1.3447%
1984 10 20,364 1.3689%
1985 9 20,540 1.3533%
1986 10 19,069 1.2633%
1987 10 18,606 1.2193%
1988 10 20,036 1.2857%
1989 10 20,296 1.2577%
1990 9 20,744 1.2515%
1991 9 20,387 1.2508%
1992 9 19,033 1.1924%
1993 9 17,555 1.126%
1994 9 16,779 1.0933%
1995 10 16,185 1.0739%
1996 10 15,995 1.0683%
1997 9 15,419 1.0425%
1998 10 15,186 1.0146%
1999 10 15,341 1.0244%
2000 9 15,094 0.9881%
2001 9 14,784 0.9812%
2002 11 14,600 0.9743%
2003 9 14,102 0.927%
2004 10 13,560 0.8897%
2005 11 12,729 0.8325%
2006 11 12,425 0.7935%
2007 10 13,050 0.8271%
2008 9 12,002 0.7765%
2009 11 11,029 0.7379%
2010 12 10,260 0.712%
2011 11 10,084 0.7078%
2012 10 9,703 0.6809%
2013 10 9,448 0.6636%
2014 14 9,557 0.656%
2015 13 9,724 0.6683%
2016 13 9,542 0.6618%
2017 13 8,915 0.6388%
2018 13 8,513 0.6196%

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Names Like Elizabeth

If you like Elizabeth, you’ll love these other names like Elizabeth.


What names are diminutives of Elizabeth?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Elizabeth sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Elizabeth, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bess

A diminutive form of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Bessie

House; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Bessy

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Beth

House

Hebrew

#2,153 (0.0017%)  
Bethie

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betsey

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betsie

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betsy

A diminutive form of Elizabeth.

Hebrew

#1,656 (0.0039%)  
Bett

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betta

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Bette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betti

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Betty

A diminutive form of Elizabeth.

Hebrew

#1,072 (0.0108%)  
Bettye

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Bit

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Bizzy

Polynesian

Buffy

English

Elisa

God's promise

Hebrew

#445 (0.0467%)  
Elisah

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elise

God is my oath

French

#171 (0.1202%)  
Eliza

God is my oath

English

#128 (0.1634%)  
Elize

God's promise; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#3,050 (0.0004%)  
Elle

She

French

#363 (0.057%)  
Elliza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ellyse

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elsa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#833 (0.018%)  
Else

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elsie

God is my oath

English

#268 (0.0844%)  
Leasa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Leesa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Leeza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Leisa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lib

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Libbey

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Libbi

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Libbie

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Libby

A diminutive of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Hebrew

#995 (0.0128%)  
Lisa

A variant-diminutive of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Hebrew

#826 (0.0181%)  
Lisabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lisbet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lisbeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#2,590 (0.0009%)  
Lisbett

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lissi

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lissie

Rational; from the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lissy

From the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Liz

God's promise

Hebrew

#1,605 (0.0042%)  
Liza

A diminutive form of Elizabeth.

Hebrew

#1,534 (0.0047%)  
Lizabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizbet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizbeth

English

#999 (0.0127%)  
Lizbett

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#1,435 (0.0055%)  
Lizette

A variant spelling of Lizetta.

American

#2,045 (0.002%)  
Lizveth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizy

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizz

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizzi

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lizzie

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#2,613 (0.0009%)  
Lizzy

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lysa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lysbet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lysbeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lysbette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyse

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyssa

Noble, exalted; rational; from the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath; cheerful, lighthearted

Latin

Lyssi

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyssie

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyzbet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyzbeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyzbette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Tetty

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew


What names are variants of Elizabeth?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Elizabeth.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alixyveth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Babette

Among English-speaking peoples, a diminutive of Barbara (“the stranger”); in French, a diminutive of Elizabeth (“God is my oath”).

French

Belita

Little beauty

Spanish

Betina

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Bettina

A fanciful form of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Latin

Bettine

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Eilis

God's promise; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Eilish

God's promise

Hebrew

Eleisa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Eliesse

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elisabet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elisabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#731 (0.0218%)  
Elisabethe

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elisabetta

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elissa

From the blessed isles

Greek

#1,124 (0.0095%)  
Eliszabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elixyveth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizabet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizabett

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizabette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizabiff

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizabith

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elizebeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ellissa

Noble, exalted; from the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ellspet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ellyssa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ellyza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elsabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elspet

God's promise; God is my oath

Scottish

Elspeth

An exotic variant of Elizabeth.

Scottish

Elyssa

From the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#1,988 (0.0023%)  
Elyza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#2,185 (0.0017%)  
Elyzza

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elzabeth

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Elzbieta

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Esabeau

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Helsa

A variant form of Elsa.

Danish

Ilsa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ilse

German

#2,681 (0.0008%)  
Isabel

God is my oath

Spanish

#137 (0.1485%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  
Isabelle

God is my oath

French

#111 (0.1916%)  
Isobel

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#1,878 (0.0026%)  
Leizel

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Liese

God's promise; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Liesel

God's promise; God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#3,057 (0.0004%)  
Lilibet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lilibeth

Hebrew

#3,379 (0.0004%)  
Lisbetta

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lisbette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lisel

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lisette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#2,650 (0.0009%)  
Lisl

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lissa

Greek

Lissette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lyzette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ylisabet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ylisabette

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Ysabel

A Spanish form of Isabel.

French

#2,726 (0.0008%)  
Ysabella

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#1,718 (0.0035%)  
Yzabelle

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew


What names sound like Elizabeth?

If you like how Elizabeth sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Elizabeth.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elaine

Sun ray, shining light

Greek

#605 (0.0304%)  
Eleanor

Of unknown meaning

English

#32 (0.4145%)  
Elena

Shining light

Greek

#66 (0.2728%)  
Elodie

Marsh flower

Greek

#934 (0.0145%)  

What names are similar to Elizabeth?

Find a name that’s like Elizabeth, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

#54 (0.301%)  
Annaliese

Graced with God's bounty

Latin

#1,499 (0.0049%)  
Audrey

Noble strength

English

#46 (0.3385%)  
Claire

Clear and bright

French

#49 (0.3187%)  
Emily

To excel

Latin

#12 (0.63%)  
Evelyn

Desired one

English

#10 (0.7552%)  
Katherine

Pure

Greek

#110 (0.1935%)  
Louise

Famous warrior

German

#738 (0.0215%)  
Susannah

Lily

Hebrew

#2,568 (0.0009%)  
Victoria

Victory

Latin

#21 (0.5153%)  

Lists With Elizabeth

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Elizabeth.


Siblings of Elizabeth

Mamas with kids named Elizabeth also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Theodore

God's gift

Greek

#44 (0.511%)  
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
Jordyn

To descend

Hebrew

#162 (0.1253%)  
Jubilee

Ram's horn

Hebrew

#1,187 (0.0084%)  
Joy

Happiness

Latin

#344 (0.062%)  
Marie

A French form of Mary.

French

#548 (0.0354%)  
Faith

Devotion

English

#120 (0.1771%)  
Taylor

Tailor; to cut

French

#529 (0.0349%)  
Reece

Enthusiasm

Welsh

#582 (0.0306%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Josef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,543 (0.0031%)  
Charlie

Free man

English

#215 (0.1242%)  
Brielle

God is my strength

French

#98 (0.2118%)  
Hallie

A variant spelling of Hally.

Scandinavian

#435 (0.048%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  
Ezra

Help

Hebrew

#59 (0.4367%)  
Ryann

King

Irish

#712 (0.0227%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Aliya

Rising, ascending

Hebrew

#832 (0.0181%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  
Zella
#1,229 (0.0079%)  
Eleanor

Of unknown meaning

English

#32 (0.4145%)  
Chapman

Peddler, trader

English

Zoe

Life

Greek

#40 (0.3679%)  
Austin

Great

English

#81 (0.3379%)  
Remington

Settlement by the stream

English

#243 (0.1102%)  
Aria

Vocal solo

English

#19 (0.5382%)  
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  
Elizabet

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

#51 (0.4808%)  
Alaina

Little rock

French

#195 (0.1093%)  

18 Comments

  1. We didn’t have a girl’s name pick out and we were a week away from finding out gender. I felt lead to look up “names that mean God’s promise ” and when I looked it up the only name that came up was Elizabeth. So it was settled.

  2. It was my Grandmother’s middle name 🙂 we have just always loved it and it is a family name 🙂 dislike would be that people think they can make up any nickname they want…

  3. I thought of Elizabeth because it’s not only my mothers middle name but it’s really beautiful and I wanted to give my daughter a name that isn’t very common anymore plus when you think of the name Elizabeth you think of a queen and that she is.???

  4. Elizabeth was my grandmother’s middle name

  5. It was my grandmothers middle name on my mom’s side.

  6. My husband really loved the name. We liked that there where several nicknames- Liz, Beth Ellie, Eliza
    We chose the middle name Grace because she’s our miracle baby

  7. The name was revealed to my husband in a dream even before we knew I was pregnant.

  8. I love the name

  9. We love the meaning (oath or promise of God) of Elizabeth. She was born at a time in my life when there was much uncertainty and the promises of God were an anchor to me. It was also the middle name of a precious aunt that I had lost. She goes by the nickname of ‘Elle’ now and it suits her playful personality well!

  10. I love the names Elizabeth

  11. My middle name is Elizabeth and its the only name my ex-husband and me could agree on lol

  12. Elizabeth is our daughters middle name. Named after my sister

  13. We liked traditional, biblical names. But wanted a nickname for when she was young. Elizabeth has no shortage of nicknames. Our Elizabeth is “Elsie“, which is an uncommon option, but is a family name and we loved the name Elsie too. Love the meaning of Elizabeth and also her namesake in the Bible. Great name! 😉

  14. Coming from a very abusive background I wanted to change the direction my family had taken.
    This name means “consecrated to God”, so I tried to submit the raising of her to a spiritual direction.

  15. This is my daughter’s middle name and we chose it because it’s the name of my husband’s grandmother who raised him. We liked using the name of someone so important to us who has passed away. If we had used it for a first name the only thing I might dislike is some of the possible nicknames (Beth, Betty, Liz, Lizzy) and would want to establish her nickname before someone started calling her one that I don’t like.

  16. Our oldest daughter is Elizabeth. She is named after her maternal grandmother. DD is 12 now and a very sweet and seems to care deeply for others needs. She is also bold when the situation calls for it. Her middle name is Jeanine.

  17. It was a family name. Traditional with a lot of options for nicknames although we haven’t been able to decide on one. She has many!!! Everyone wants it to be something different


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