Quite possibly the most classic female name of all time, Elizabeth has an impressive history with thousands of years of renoun. It was the name of at least 14 different European queens, including the current Queen of England. It was the name of John the Baptist's mother in the Bible. It has represented princesses, empresses, and saints.
Elizabeth has been a cherished choice among Americans as well as Europeans. The record speaks for itself: Elizabeth has never dropped below #26 in baby name rankings in our country's history. It has thrived not just because it has been passed down through generations of American families like an heirloom, but because of its appealing sound and rich history.
If you are wondering how this name will be received by others, let me assure you that nearly everybody in America likes it. I make no exaggeration. You like it. I like it. Your mother likes it. My friend Sean likes it, a guy who mused about naming his future daughter Elizabeth before he even met the woman he'd marry. Who can blame him? It's gorgeous.
If you find the full name too popular or traditional, Elizabeth has an insurmountable number of variations. My favorite is Lizzy, perhaps influenced by the character from Pride and Prejudice. Here is a list of 25.
Bess, Beta, Beth, Betina, Betsy, Bette, Betty, Elisa/Eliza, Elsie (read more), Elissa, Elsa, Isabel, Libby, Liliana, Lisa, Liza, Lisbeth, Lisveta, Liz, Lizzie/Lizzy, Sabella, Vetta, Ysabel, Zizi
- Elizabeth is the number 10 baby name in America for girls.
- Celebrities with this name include Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Hurley, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Perkins, and Elizabeth Shue.
- Lots of celebrity babies have Elizabeth as a middle name, paired with a trendy first name. Case in point: Ava Elizabeth, Reese Witherspoon's daughter.