Meaning and Origin
Elizabeth comes from the Greek Elisabet, which was derived from the Hebrew Elishiva. The meaning of Elizabeth is “oath of God” although the meaning of Elizabeth has also been translated as “my God is abundance.” In the New Testament of the bible, Elizabeth is Mary’s cousin and mother of John the Baptist.
Popularity of Elizabeth
Elizabeth’s popularity was not high in England until the 16th century when the reign of Queen Elizabeth I began. However, Elizabeth’s popularity was high in Eastern Europe and girls were often named Elizabeth to honor the 12th century Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Before Elizabeth’s popularity rose in England due to the ascension of Queen Elisabeth I to the English throne, Isabel was the common form of the name used in England.
Today, the name Elizabeth remains a popular girls’ name. According to the Office of National Statistics, the name Elizabeth was ranked as the 38th most popular baby girls’ name in England in 2012. It’s popularity is most likely fueled by several famous Elizabeths past and present. Among them Elizabeth Taylor (actress), Elizabeth Hurley (actress) and Elizabeth Olsen (actress).