Elizabeth

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Origin and Meaning of Elizabeth

"Elizabeth" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is My Oath". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Elizabeth
Senses
  1. Queen Elizabeth II. of the United Kingdom, born 1926.
    synonyms: Elizabeth II.
  2. Elizabeth I., the Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. She was the daughter of Henry VIII. and Anne Boleyn1533-1603).
    synonyms: Elizabeth I.
  3. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary; Born at Presburg, Hungary 1207, died died at Marburg, Germany, Nov. 19, 1231. She was a Hungarian princess, daughter of Andrew II. of Hungary, and wife of Louis, landgrave of Thuringia, celebrated for her sanctity.
  4. a city in Union County in northeastern New Jersy, pop. ca. 106,000. It lies between Newark to the north and Linden to the south, and has a large port, regulated by the Port of New York Authority. It also contains most of the runway area of the Newark International Airport.

Note: ☞ Elizabeth was born at Greenwich, near London, Sept. 7, 1533: died at Richmond, near London, March 24, 1603. She reigned as Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. She was the daughter of Henry VIII. and Anne Boleyn; was brought up in the Protestant faith; studied the classical languages under Roger Ascham; and is said to have been proficient in French and Italian. On her accession she appointed as secretary of state Sir William Cecillater Baron Burleigh), who remained her chief adviser for forty years, until his death in 1598. She repealed the Roman Catholic legislation of the previous reign, reenacted the laws of Henry VIII. relating to the church, published the Thirty-nine Articles (1563), and completed the establishment of the Anglican Church. In 1564 she concluded the treaty of Troyes with France, by which she renounced her claims to Calais in consideration of 220,000 crowns. In 1587 she signed the death-warrant of Mary Queen of Scots, who, expelled by a rebellion of her subjects, had taken refuge in England in 1568, and who, by means, it is said, of forged documents, had been involved by the government in a conspiracy of Savage Ballard Babington, and others against Queen Elizabeth. In 1588 her admiral Howard, assisted by Drake Hawkins Frobisher Winter, and Raleigh defeated the Spanish Armada in the English Channel, and prevented an invasion of England. Her reign, which was one of commercial enterprise and of intellectual activity, was made illustrious by Shakespeare Sidney Spenser Bacon, and Ben Jonson.

Etymology: a proper name from the Hebrew, probably meaning “ God of the oath” or “ oath of God”

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  1. Queen of England from 1558 to 1603; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; she succeeded Mary I (who was a Catholic) and restored Protestantism to England; during her reign Mary Queen of Scots was executed and the Spanish Armada was defeated; her reign was marked by prosperity and literary genius (1533-1603)
  2. Daughter of George VI who became the Queen of England and Northern Ireland in 1952 on the death of her father (1926-) ("Elizabeth II is the head of state in Great Britain")
Wiktionary

From the Ancient Greek Ἐλισάβετ (Elisábet), a transliteration of the Old Testament Biblical Hebrew אלישבע (Elisheva, “my God is an oath”). See El.

  1. A female given name, popular since the 16th century.
  2. The mother of John the Baptist (written Elisabeth in later versions of the Bible).
  3. Elisheba, the wife of Aaron.

Notable Persons Named Elizabeth

She was most active from 1952 to 1952. Elizabeth was born as the child of George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on April 21st, 1926 in 17.

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Ellie Kemper is an actress, comedian, and writer. She has been prominent since 2003. Ellie was given the name Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2nd, 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Ellie is also known as Elizabeth Claire Kemper.

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Elizabeth I was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1558 to 1558. Elizabeth was born as the child of Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn on September 7th, 1533 in Palace of Placentia. She passed away on March 24th, 1603.

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Elizabeth Holmes is a health technology entrepreneur. She holds the title Founder & CEO and Theranos. Elizabeth was given the name Elizabeth Anne Holmes on February 3rd, 1984 in Washington, D.C., US.

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Elizabeth Warren is a Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, Special Advisor for theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Chairwoman of theCongressional Oversight Panel. Elizabeth was born on June 22nd, 1949.

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Lana Del Rey is a baroque pop, dream pop, independent music, rock music, and trip hop musician. She holds the title Kill Kill" and Million Dollar Man". Her ongoing career started in 2005. Lana was given the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant on June 21st, 1985 in New York City, New York, U.S. Lana is also known as Lizzy Grant, May Jailer, and Lana Del Ray.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth was a wrestler. Miss was born on November 19th, 1960 in Frankfort, Kentucky. She died on May 1st, 2003.

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Shannon Elizabeth is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1996 to present. Shannon was given the name Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston.

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Elizabeth was royalty. She has had major accomplishments since 1741. Elizabeth was born as the child of Peter the Great and Catherine I of Russia on December 29th, 1709 in Kolomenskoye. She died on January 5th, 1762.

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Princess Elizabeth is royalty. Princess was born as the child of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, Princess Olga of Greece, and Denmark on April 7th, 1936 in Belgrade.

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She holds the title Duchess of Ostergothia and Duke of Östergötland. Princess was born as the child of Charles IX of Sweden and Christina of Holstein-Gottorp on March 10th, 1596 in Örebro Castle. She passed away on August 7th, 1618.

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How popular is the baby name Elizabeth in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,948 1,939 9 #4 girl name
1881 1,852 1,852 0 #4 girl name
1882 2,193 2,186 7 #4 girl name
1883 2,268 2,255 13 #4 girl name
1884 2,565 2,549 16 #4 girl name
1885 2,591 2,582 9 #4 girl name
1886 2,691 2,680 11 #4 girl name
1887 2,695 2,681 14 #3 girl name
1888 3,236 3,224 12 #3 girl name
1889 3,074 3,058 16 #3 girl name
1890 3,124 3,112 12 #3 girl name
1891 3,065 3,059 6 #4 girl name
1892 3,469 3,461 8 #3 girl name
1893 3,372 3,360 12 #5 girl name
1894 3,435 3,425 10 #5 girl name
1895 3,620 3,603 17 #5 girl name
1896 3,482 3,471 11 #7 girl name
1897 3,454 3,442 12 #6 girl name
1898 3,674 3,659 15 #7 girl name
1899 3,300 3,287 13 #7 girl name
1900 4,112 4,096 16 #6 girl name
1901 3,225 3,216 9 #6 girl name
1902 3,715 3,694 21 #6 girl name
1903 3,734 3,723 11 #6 girl name
1904 3,846 3,833 13 #6 girl name
1905 4,134 4,121 13 #6 girl name
1906 4,336 4,321 15 #7 girl name
1907 4,637 4,624 13 #7 girl name
1908 4,915 4,904 11 #7 girl name
1909 5,189 5,176 13 #7 girl name
1910 5,817 5,800 17 #7 girl name
1911 6,316 6,298 18 #7 girl name
1912 8,551 8,528 23 #8 girl name
1913 9,529 9,505 24 #8 girl name
1914 11,394 11,367 27 #8 girl name
1915 14,130 14,103 27 #8 girl name
1916 14,979 14,939 40 #8 girl name
1917 15,162 15,131 31 #8 girl name
1918 15,889 15,852 37 #9 girl name
1919 15,306 15,287 19 #8 girl name
1920 15,944 15,910 34 #8 girl name
1921 15,834 15,799 35 #10 girl name
1922 15,271 15,241 30 #9 girl name
1923 15,501 15,460 41 #9 girl name
1924 14,994 14,952 42 #11 girl name
1925 13,971 13,934 37 #10 girl name
1926 12,890 12,836 54 #11 girl name
1927 12,584 12,528 56 #13 girl name
1928 11,808 11,764 44 #14 girl name
1929 11,310 11,249 61 #15 girl name
1930 11,043 10,995 48 #15 girl name
1931 10,341 10,293 48 #16 girl name
1932 10,049 9,995 54 #17 girl name
1933 9,053 9,015 38 #17 girl name
1934 9,385 9,342 43 #18 girl name
1935 9,117 9,076 41 #17 girl name
1936 8,907 8,860 47 #18 girl name
1937 9,437 9,387 50 #17 girl name
1938 9,845 9,801 44 #17 girl name
1939 9,757 9,707 50 #18 girl name
1940 10,006 9,954 52 #20 girl name
1941 10,318 10,269 49 #21 girl name
1942 11,234 11,182 52 #22 girl name
1943 11,687 11,650 37 #23 girl name
1944 11,065 11,033 32 #23 girl name
1945 10,362 10,337 25 #26 girl name
1946 11,774 11,752 22 #25 girl name
1947 13,475 13,442 33 #25 girl name
1948 13,240 13,210 30 #26 girl name
1949 13,737 13,711 26 #25 girl name
1950 14,369 14,340 29 #24 girl name
1951 15,146 15,115 31 #23 girl name
1952 16,050 16,021 29 #22 girl name
1953 16,124 16,091 33 #21 girl name
1954 16,623 16,582 41 #20 girl name
1955 16,733 16,691 42 #21 girl name
1956 16,375 16,343 32 #22 girl name
1957 17,533 17,498 35 #22 girl name
1958 18,574 18,527 47 #22 girl name
1959 18,484 18,438 46 #21 girl name
1960 18,916 18,857 59 #18 girl name
1961 18,918 18,853 65 #19 girl name
1962 17,847 17,800 47 #20 girl name
1963 17,643 17,591 52 #20 girl name
1964 17,335 17,287 48 #16 girl name
1965 16,378 16,322 56 #16 girl name
1966 15,937 15,886 51 #16 girl name
1967 16,166 16,114 52 #13 girl name
1968 14,945 14,892 53 #17 girl name
1969 15,361 15,299 62 #16 girl name
1970 15,186 15,119 67 #18 girl name
1971 13,668 13,604 64 #19 girl name
1972 12,241 12,186 55 #15 girl name
1973 12,412 12,360 52 #13 girl name
1974 12,322 12,260 62 #12 girl name
1975 12,526 12,474 52 #15 girl name
1976 13,611 13,550 61 #16 girl name
1977 16,488 16,425 63 #13 girl name
1978 16,876 16,806 70 #14 girl name
1979 18,159 18,077 82 #11 girl name
1980 19,607 19,529 78 #9 girl name
1981 20,261 20,171 90 #9 girl name
1982 20,601 20,512 89 #8 girl name
1983 19,942 19,840 102 #10 girl name
1984 20,457 20,363 94 #10 girl name
1985 20,644 20,539 105 #9 girl name
1986 19,164 19,068 96 #10 girl name
1987 18,709 18,604 105 #10 girl name
1988 20,137 20,035 102 #10 girl name
1989 20,434 20,294 140 #10 girl name
1990 20,833 20,742 91 #9 girl name
1991 20,454 20,388 66 #9 girl name
1992 19,084 19,032 52 #9 girl name
1993 17,610 17,555 55 #9 girl name
1994 16,823 16,779 44 #9 girl name
1995 16,229 16,185 44 #10 girl name
1996 16,018 15,992 26 #10 girl name
1997 15,447 15,417 30 #9 girl name
1998 15,207 15,184 23 #10 girl name
1999 15,355 15,333 22 #10 girl name
2000 15,114 15,092 22 #9 girl name
2001 14,795 14,783 12 #9 girl name
2002 14,620 14,599 21 #11 girl name
2003 14,128 14,097 31 #9 girl name
2004 13,619 13,556 63 #10 girl name
2005 12,748 12,724 24 #11 girl name
2006 12,438 12,421 17 #11 girl name
2007 13,062 13,044 18 #10 girl name
2008 12,008 11,995 13 #9 girl name
2009 11,040 11,027 13 #11 girl name
2010 10,262 10,254 8 #12 girl name
2011 10,097 10,078 19 #11 girl name
2012 9,700 9,692 8 #10 girl name
2013 9,456 9,444 12 #10 girl name
2014 9,558 9,552 6 #14 girl name
2015 9,708 9,703 5 #13 girl name
2016 9,505 9,493 12 #13 girl name

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Popularity of Elizabeth as a first name

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Popularity of Elizabeth as a last name

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Common last names for Elizabeth

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Murphy
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elizabeth U.S.
  White 60.94% 64.26%
  African American 7.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 25.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elizabeth

People with the last name Elizabeth are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Elizabeth

  • How Popular is the name Elizabeth? Elizabeth is the 14th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Elizabeth was the 13th most popular name. As a last name Elizabeth was the 38,439th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Elizabeth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,625,783 babies born with the first name Elizabeth in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elizabeth to occupy the country of Guinea-Bissau with an estimated population of 1,580,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elizabeth? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,948 new born babies.
  • When was Elizabeth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elizabeth is Thursday, April 23rd, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Elizabeth born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elizabeth was in 1990 with a total of 20,742 babies. That's a lot of babies named Elizabeth!
  • Random Elizabeth Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elizabeth ranks 5th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 24 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Elizabeth: Your name in reverse order is Htebazile. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ihlbezate. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elizabeth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 576 people with the last name Elizabeth.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elizabeth? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Elizabeth as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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