The name Elizabeth is derived from Elisabet (Ελισαβε&tau),
the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva (אֱלִישֶׁבַע).
The Hebrew name Elisheva, appears in the Old Testament where Elisheva is the wife of Aaron. The name Elizabeth appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.
Elizabeth was also the name of a 12th-century saint, two ruling queens of England (the 16th-century Elizabeth I, and the current ruling queen, Queen Elizabeth II), and by a Russian empress.
The name has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.