Meaning:God's promise or God is my oath
Elizabeth is descended from the Hebrew name Elisheva, which then became Elisabeth, and means “God’s promise” or “God is my oath.” In the Bible, Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist. This royal name became popular in England with Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603), whose reign lasted 44 years. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I was named after her grandmothers, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Howard. Today, parents are much more likely to use Elizabeth as a middle name or shorten it to Eliza for a first name. Some may also be inspired by the Scottish Elspeth, the French Lisette, and the Spanish Isabel.
Famous People Named Elizabeth
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- Elizabeth BanksActress, Director
- Elizabeth Barrett BrowningPoet
- Elizabeth MontgomeryActress
- Elizabeth RyanTennis Player
- Elizabeth TaylorActress
- ElizabethCecilia and Claude Bowes-Lyon
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