Elizabeth, too popular?

(30 Posts)
CityFox Sat 13-Feb-16 14:52:45

I love the name, although our other DC have mot unusual names...

I don't actually know any Elizabeth's, apart from adults, although it does seem to be very popular in rankings...

StitchesInTime Sat 13-Feb-16 14:57:53

I only know one Elizabeth who's not an adult. She's about 4 yrs.

Perhaps it's popularity is very regional?

BabeBettaKnow Sat 13-Feb-16 15:00:07

I know a 3 yr old Elisabeth (with an 's'). All the other Elizabeths I know are 35 yrs old +.

Do you like Liz? because although I agree Eizabeth is a lovely name, I've never met an adult one that wasn't just 'Liz'.

CityFox Sat 13-Feb-16 15:03:20

I like Beth, Elsa and Bess as nicknames

Nowthereistwo Sat 13-Feb-16 15:15:40

I have 2yr and 5m dd's and haven't heard any Elizabeth's at groups etc.

My 5m dd is called Eliza. If you want a more unusual version.

Iguessyourestuckwithme Sat 13-Feb-16 15:17:36

I know a 1 year old Elizabeth and a 25 year old

Sophronia Sat 13-Feb-16 15:51:41

The ones I know are all 25+

thebiscuitindustry Sat 13-Feb-16 16:19:23

I don't know any under about 30.

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sat 13-Feb-16 17:03:41

Elizabeth is my first name but I have never, ever used it. It's very long, very formal, and if you have a long-ish surname too then you can guarantee that it won't easily fit onto application forms, other paperwork etc.

Of all the Elizabeths that I've come across, only one uses her full name. Even though it never seems to go out of fashion, there don't seem to be that many around, especially not little ones. I know a 10 year old Elisabeth known as Betsy, and a slightly younger Elizabeth whose parents were very upset and somewhat surprised when she asked to be called Lizzie instead. If you do go with the name then I think nicknames/abbreviations are pretty much inevitable - would you be happy with this? It's certainly the best name out there for multiple possibilities for nicknames!

CatchAPlaneToBarcelona Sat 13-Feb-16 17:05:42

The only Elizabeths I know are 50, 44 and 19.

Elsa is not a nn for Elizabeth it's a completely different name in its own right.

Sophronia Sat 13-Feb-16 18:12:08

Elsa can be a nn for Elizabeth/Elisabeth. I know an elderly German Elisabeth who goes by Elsa.

IoraRua Sat 13-Feb-16 18:18:09

I think it's very regional - here in Ireland I know one 70 year old Elizabeth. And she's originally a Brit.
I know one of my friends working in the UK has two Elizabeth's in her class (7ish I think?) as she was saying how unusual it was to her!

DontKillMyVibe Sat 13-Feb-16 18:32:27

I can think of a few who are 35-55 but only a handful. Maybe it's a name that is thought to be more popular than it actually is because it's such a well known name?

StitchesInTime Sat 13-Feb-16 20:01:24

Elizabeth was in the top 40 girls names in England and Wales in 2014, so still pretty popular.

That surprised me a bit because I can only think of one I know who's not an adult.

MadameJosephine Sat 13-Feb-16 20:07:03

I love it, have only met one little girl who went by Libby for short which I also love. All the others I know are over 40

Drogon Sat 13-Feb-16 20:14:10

I have an Elizabeth (nn Libby) but I don't know of any other Elizabeths personally.

Obviously I think it's a great name though grin

2016willbebetter Sat 13-Feb-16 20:15:38

2 in my daughter's school. An Elisabeth in key stage 2 and Elizabeth in reception.

Both prefer to go by their full name.

The older one is frequently called Liz by her teachers and friends. She hates it and wants to be called Elisabeth.

Yika Sun 14-Feb-16 19:54:22

I like it, classic and so many possible short forms.

WinterWinnie Sun 14-Feb-16 20:16:36

It isn't too popular, in this generation... I don't know any little ones!

ColdAsIceCubes Sun 14-Feb-16 20:22:50

The only Elizabeth's I know are 16 and 35 this year. It is my Dd's middle name and she is 12. I really think you'll find its not at all common. It is a beautiful name, and had my DD not been named after her paternal dgm who had passed before she was born, I most probably would have called her Elizabeth.

Thelastusername Sun 14-Feb-16 20:40:58

I have a 6 month old Elizabeth. I picked it as it doesn't seem too popular and I don't know any young Elizabeths. I am desperately hoping that it doesn't become as popular as Isabella/Isabelle, Amelia or Olivia.

Wordsaremything Sun 14-Feb-16 21:13:38

It's a fabulous name and no one needs to accepts a shortening they don't like.wink

hels71 Sun 14-Feb-16 22:17:46

I have been teaching for 20 years..and have only taught 3 Elizabeths in that time (and spent 6 years in an all girls school)

SugarMiceInTheRain Sun 14-Feb-16 22:26:10

I only know one child called Elizabeth. There's a Libby in my DC's school but no other Elizabeths. Lovely classic name with great nicknames IMO and not overly popular. I nearly used it for DD.

MyBootsAreMuddy Sun 14-Feb-16 22:42:51

My Elizabeth has just turned 16. She doesn't shorten it or use a nn as she likes her full name (she used to allow Eliza but got annoyed when people shortened that to lizy (lie-zee).)

We recently met a 10yr old known as Lizzie but otherwise the only others I know are adults and known as Lizzie, Lizzie or Beth.

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