What does Betty mean?
Betty [bet-ty] 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 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.Creative forms:
(female) Batty, Bety, ..
(male) Betby, Betis, .. Middle name pairings:
Betty Rowan (B.R.), ..
How 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. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Betty for girls. Betty reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is presently at #1287. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Babette, Bea, Beatrice (#565 last year), Bebe, Bee, Bell, Bella (#74), Belle (#1053), Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethan, Bethzy, Betsey, Betsy (#1692), Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettye, Buffy, Elizabeth (#13), Liza (#1685) and Veta are the prominent variation forms of Betty (#1287 last year). Other variants, like Beta, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Betty reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (median #1047) and is now significantly less (#1694, 84% less usage), with versions like Bell becoming less trendy.
Betty▼ is pronounced similarly to Batya, Beata, Bitta and Bitya. Other recommended names are Beate, Becky▼, Benny, Bente, Bently, Berny, Berrty (see Bertha), Berry, Bert, Berta▼, Berte, Berti, Berty, Betha, Betia, Bets, Betts, Bevvy, Bretny (see Brittany), Brett, Bretta, Brette, Britty, Bunty, Dotty, Etty, Gerty, Hatty, Hetty, Hitty, Kitty▼, Letty, Lotty, Matty, Natty, Netty and Patty▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Betty.See names in meaning and etymology.