Elizabeth

Since Medieval times and certainly since the first Queen Elizabeth (1558 - 1603), this has been the most popular girls name in English history. It is therefore perhaps surprising that the surname equivalent is very rare. None of the published dictionaries of surnames record it at all, whilst widely recording for instance the name Marie, Maria, or Mary, in some hundred surname forms. The diminutive as Marriott is probably the most popular English spelling. We believe that the reasons are two fold. Firstly surnames from female or mothers names (metronymics), are in general much rarer than surnames from male names (patronymics). Secondly Elizabeth or Elisabeth is an English spelling of the French and Spanish Isabell or Isabell, now found in the medieval surname of Bell or Belle. Isabell as a personal name was already well established when surnames were created from the 12th century, whilst Elizabeth itself does not seem to have been recorded before the late14th century. However given the popularity of Queen Elizabeth 1st, it is not perhaps surprising to find that a surname may have been created in her honour, certainly the first recording that we have is right in the middle of her reign. This is that of the romantically named Elizabeth Elizabeth. We have no record of her parents or where she was born, but she married Robert Fellows at St James Clerkenwell in the city of London, on July 1st 1570. Thereafter the name appears regularly if in rare numbers, in the surviving registers of Greater London..

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  • Elizabeth I — (Elizabeth Tudor) 1533 1603, queen of England 1558 1603 (successor of Mary I; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn). * * * born Sept. 7, 1533, Greenwich, near London, Eng. died March 24, 1603, Richmond, Surrey Queen of England (1558–1603).… …   Universalium

  • Elizabeth — or Elisabeth is the Greek form Ελισ(σ)άβετ Elis(s)avet of the Hebrew Elisheva, meaning my God is an oath, my God is abundance, God s promise, or oath of God. For more information about the name, see Elizabeth (given name)aints (from whom other… …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth II — (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) born 1926, queen of Great Britain since 1952 (daughter of George VI). * * * in full Elizabeth Alexandra Mary born April 21, 1926, London, Eng. Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952. She became heir presumptive… …   Universalium

  • Elizabeth R — is an Emmy Award winning BBC television drama serial of six 85 minute plays starring Glenda Jackson in the title role. It was first broadcast on terrestrial channel BBC Two from February to March 1971, and was later broadcast in America on the… …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth — ist die englische Schreibweise für den Frauennamen Elisabeth Elizabeth ist der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Elizabeth (Arkansas) Elizabeth (Colorado) Elizabeth (Georgia) Elizabeth (Illinois) Elizabeth (Indiana) Elizabeth… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth — Elizabeth, NJ U.S. city in New Jersey Population (2000): 120568 Housing Units (2000): 42838 Land area (2000): 12.221229 sq. miles (31.652836 sq. km) Water area (2000): 1.434020 sq. miles (3.714094 sq. km) Total area (2000): 13.655249 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Elizabeth — prop. n. [a proper name from the Hebrew, probably meaning God of the oath or oath of God .] 1. Queen Elizabeth II. of the United Kingdom, born 1926. Syn: Elizabeth II. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Elizabeth I., the Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. She was …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elizabeth — • The wife of Zachary, mother of St. John the Baptist, and relative of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some believe that it was Elizabeth who proclaimed the Magnificat Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Elizabeth     Elizabeth …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Elizabeth S.C. — Elizabeth S.C. is an inactive American soccer club based in Union County, New Jersey that is an inactive member of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. History Elizabeth S.C. was founded in 1924 in Elizabeth, New Jersey by a group of German immigrants …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth — f The usual spelling of ELISABETH (SEE Elisabeth) in English. It was first made popular by being borne by Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603). In the 20th century it became extremely fashionable, partly because it was the name of Elizabeth… …   First names dictionary

  • Elizabeth — Elizabeth1 [ē liz′ə bəth, iliz′ə bəth] n. [LL(Ec) Elizabetha < Gr(Ec) Elisabet < Heb elisheva, lit., God is (my) oath] 1. a feminine name: dim. Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Betty, Elsie, Libby, Lisa, Liz; var. Elisabeth, Eliza 2. Bible the… …   English World dictionary

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