What does Betty mean?
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.Kreatif forms: Bayty, Betgh, Betth. [more]
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, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
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. Other variants, like Veta, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Betty reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (median #510) and is somewhat lower today (#871, 74% less), with versions like Bette, Bettie, Betty, Bettye and Liza becoming somewhat dated. Bella is the most contemporarily stylish girl name among these, and there is a revival in baby name usage for this name.
Thinking of names?
Betty▼ is pronounced similarly to Batya, Beata, Bitta and Bitya. Other recommended similar baby names are Beate, Becky▼, Benny, Bente, Bently, Berny, Berrty, Berry, Bert, Berta▼, Berte, Berti, Berty, Betha, Betia, Bets, Betts, Bevvy, Bretny, 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.