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Meaning and name origin

Betty \b(et)-ty\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Betsey, Betsy, Bett, Betta, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina and Bettine.

Betty is also pronounced similarly to Beata, Beta, Bettye and Bitta. Other suggested similar baby names are Beate, Berty, Bet, Betha, Bethy, Betia, Betts, Hetty, Letty, Netty and Tetty.


Betty is a very popular first name for females (#14 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13107 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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