Last name: ELIZABETH

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ELIZABETH : This last name is indexed 308,014 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

ELIZABETH : 1: English: from the female personal name Elizabeth which owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the fact that it was borne by John the Baptist's mother. The original form of the name was Hebrew Elisheva ‘my God (is my) oath’ and it appears thus in Exodus 6:23 as the name of Aaron's wife. By New Testament times the second element had been altered to Hebrew shabat ‘rest Sabbath’. The personal name became even more popular after the canonization of Elisabeth Duchess of Thuringia around 1230. See also Isabel.2: West Indian (Dutch Caribbean): from the female personal name Elizabeth (see 1 above). It is one of the surnames (compare Martina) that reflect the partially mother-oriented name culture of the formerly enslaved people in the West Indies.

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