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What does Bette mean?

Bette Pronunciation of Bette [bette] as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and the name Bette means "God is my oath". Bette is a version of Betty (Dutch, English, Hebrew): pet variant of Elizabeth.

Associated with: oath.


Bette has 3 variants: Bet, Bett and Bit.

31 more different relations via Betty, Elizabeth: Babette, Belita, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Beta, Beth, Bethan, Bethie, Bethy, Bethzy, Betina, Betsan, Betsey, Betsie, Betsy, Betta, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettine, Bettye, Lisette, Lizette, Lotte, Lyzette, Tetty and Veta.

Creative forms:
(female) Bete, Betne, ..

(male) Betden, Beter, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bette Denisse (B.D.), ..

How popular is Bette?

Bette is a very prominent first name for females (#607 out of 4276, Top 14%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#77742 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Bette entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #169 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Bette appearing in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 last year), Bella (#74), Belle (#1053), Betty (#1287), Betsy (#1692), Bettye, Bess, Bettina, Bell, Lisette, Veta, Lizette, Bettie, Betti, Bethan, Beth, Bethzy, Betsey, Babette and Bessie. Usage of these relations of Bette was at its apex 135 years ago (average #1063) and has become much lower since (#1719, 84%), with forms like Lizette falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bette, Babette, Bell, Bella, Belle in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betsy, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Betty in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bettye, Elizabeth, Lisette, Lizette, Veta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bette is alike in pronunciation to Bat and Beate. Other suggested similar names are Alette, Anette, Arette, Beata, Beatie, Beattie, Bebe, Becke, Bee, Beige, Bente, Berrte (see Bertha), Bert, Berta, Berte, Berthe, Berti, Bertie, Berty, Betha, Bethea, Bethel, Betia, Bets, Betts, Bevie, Birte, Bitta, Bobette, Brett, Bretta, Brette, Briette, Britte, Evette, Gerte, Gitte, Grette, Hette, Huette, Idette, Ivette, Jette, Joette, Mette, Odette, Olette, Orette, Patte, Ryette, Utte, Wyette, Yette, Yuette and Yvette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bette.

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