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The meaning and history of the name Elizabeth.


From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.Among Christians, this name was originally more common in Eastern Europe. It was borne in the 12th century by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a daughter of King Andrew II who used her wealth to help the poor. In medieval England it was occasionally used in honour of the saint, though the form Isabel (from Occitan and Spanish) was more common. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-) and actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011).

Usage: Biblical, English
Famous People: Elizabeth II of the United Kingdomwiki (Nobleman, 1926, United Kingdom), Elizabeth I of Englandwiki (Politician, 1533, United Kingdom), Elizabeth Taylorwiki (Actor, 1932, United Kingdom), Elizabeth of Russiawiki (Politician, 1709, Russia), Elizabeth Báthorywiki (Extremist, 1560, Hungary), Elizabeth Blackburnwiki (Biologist, 1948, Australia), Elizabeth Bowes-Lyonwiki (Nobleman, 1900, United Kingdom), Elizabeth Barrett Browningwiki (Writer, 1806, United Kingdom), Elizabeth Hurleywiki (Actor, 1965, United Kingdom), Mary Elizabeth Winsteadwiki (Actor, 1984, United States)
Popularity: *Popularity is given by the percentage of usage over the years.