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What does Betsy mean?

Betsy Pronunciation of Betsy [bet-sy] as a girls' name is of English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Betsy is "God is my oath". Pet form of Elizabeth; a blend of Betty and Bessie (see Bess). Made famous by Betsy Ross, who supposedly made the first American flag.

Associated with: oath, blend.


Betsy has 4 variants: Bets, Betsey, Betsie and Betts.

34 more relations via Bess, Bessie, Betty, Elizabeth: Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Bet, Beta, Beth, Bethan, Bethie, Bethy, Bethzy, Betina, Betsan, Bett, Betta, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Betty, Bettye, Biffy, Bit, Bizzy, Buffy, Elsy, Helsa, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lissy, Tetty and Veta.

Creative forms:
(female) Besy, Bety, ..

(male) Betly, Betze, ..

Middle name pairings:
Betsy Marilyn (B.M.), ..

How popular is Betsy?

Betsy is a very popular first name for women (#430 out of 4276, Top 10%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Betsy reached its apex rank of #257 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #1692 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betsy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Betsy outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Betsy (#1692 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 a year ago), Bella (#74), Belle (#1053), Betty (#1287), Buffy, Bettye, Leesa, Veta, Leisa, Bettie, Leasa, Bette, Beth, Bessie, Bess, Bethan, Bethzy, Bell, Betsey and Betti. Usage of these forms of Betsy was widespread among parents a century ago (adoption of 6.4%) and has become much less since (adoption 1%, 84%), with forms such as Betsy becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betsy, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bessie, Beth, Bethzy, Betsey, Bette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betti, Bettie, Betty, Bettye, Buffy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Veta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bella, Beth, Bethan, Elizabeth outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Becky, Benny, Bently, Berny, Berry, Berty, Betha, Betia, Bevvy, Bretny (see Brittany), Hatsy, Hepsy, Jessy, Kelsy, Kessy, Lesy, Nelsy, Nessy, Patsy, Sessy and Tessy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Betsy.

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