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pinWhat does Betty mean?

Betty /bet-ty/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced BET-ee. It is of Dutch, English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Betty is "God is my oath".

Pet form of Elizabeth. In the 17th century it was also used occasionally as a pet form of Beatrice. First became popular in the 18th century, and now appears most often in combination with other names: Betty Lou, Betty Ann, etc. Liza and Beth are now more likely choices as modern-day short forms. Actresses Betty Grable, Bette Davis; singer Bette Midler; First Lady Betty Ford.


Betty has 12 variants: Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Betsey, Betsy, Bett, Betta, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina and Bettine.

Betty has 30 more different relations via Beatrice, Beth, Bette, Elizabeth, Liza: Babette, Bea, Beah, Beatie, Beattie, Bebe, Bee, Beea, Belita, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bet, Beta, Beth, Bethan, Bethie, Bethy, Bethzy, Betina, Betsan, Betsie, Bettye, Biffy, Bit, Bizzy, Buffy, Lotte, Tetty and Veta.

Kreatif forms: Bayty, Betgh, Betth. [more]

pinHow popular is Betty?

Betty is a very popular first name for females (#14 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#16540 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Betty for girls. Betty reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Betty name in U.S.

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

Beatrice (#601 last year), Bell, Bella (#70), Belle, Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethan, Bethzy, Betsy, Bette, Bettie, Bettina, Bettye, Buffy, Elizabeth (#14) and Liza are the prominent variation forms of Betty. Variants like Veta are seldom used. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4891%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1286%, 73.7% less), with versions like Bette, Bettie, Betty, Bettye and Liza becoming somewhat dated. Bella (#70) is the most contemporarily stylish girl name among these, and there is a revival in baby name usage for this name. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Betty and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Betty, Beatrice, Bell, Bella, Belle in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethzy, Betsy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bette, Bettie, Bettina, Bettye, Buffy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Liza in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Betty is pronounced similarly to Beata and Bitta. Other recommended similar baby names are Beate, Berty, Betha, Betia, Betts, Hetty, Letty and Netty. These names tend to be less frequently used than Betty.