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.
Variants of the name Elizabeth include Alisabeth, Alizabeth, Bessie, Bessy, Betina, Betty, Bettye, Elease, Elezebath, Elissa, Elisse, Elizbeth, Elizebeth, Elizebethe, Elsabeth, Elyzabeth.
The names Alzbeta, Beta, Bethan, Betje, Ealasaid, Ealisaid, Eilis, Eilish, Ela, Eliisa, Eliisabet, Elika, Elikapeka, Elisabet, Elisabeta, Elisabete, Elisabeth, Elisabetta, Elisavet, Elisaveta, Elise, Elishia, Elisiana, Eliska, Elita, Elixabete, Eliza, Elizabeta, Elizabete, Elizaveta, Elka, Elsa, Elsbeth, Elzbieta, Elze, Elzira, Elzo, Emmaleth, Erssike, Erzsebet, Gerlisa, Helsa, Isabel, Isabella, Isabelle, Lieselotte, Lijsbeth, Lisabet, Lisabeth, Lisabette, Lisavet, Lisbet, Lisbeth, Liselot, Liselotte, Lisette, Lissette, Lizabeth, Lizaveta, Lizbet, Lizbeth, Lizeth, Lizette, Lizina, Orzsebet, Sibeal, Yelizaveta, Yelysaveta, Zanaide are all forms of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth has the diminutives (nicknames) Bess, Bet, Beth, Betsy, Betsye, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Buffey, Buffi, Buffy, Elisa, Elise, Elsa, Else, Elsie, Elspeth, Elyza, Elze, Ilsa, Ilse, Libby, Lili, Lis, Lisa, Lise, Litzy, Liz, Liza, Lizzie, Lyza, Lyzbeth, Tetty.
Elizabeth falls into the name categories classic, easy nickname.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Elizabeth Queen, Elizabeth Montgomery, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.
Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.
Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).
Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.
By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.
Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.
Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.
After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.