My piece about trends in French first names for the New York Times' Week in Review is up.
"Elisabeth," by the way, peaked in the mid-60s and is considered old-fashioned now. Meilleursprenoms.com says it's widespread (in France), but not really given out anymore: in 2004, it was ranked 357th among first names; since 1940 it's 47th overall.
Alas, my namesake saint is a boring one: Saint Elisabeth was a Hungarian princess (1207–1231) who became a Franciscan nun after her husband's death. No crazy stigmata, no particularly nutty catholic endeavors: She just went out and looked after the poor.