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What does Buffy mean?

Buffy Pronunciation of Buffy [buffy] as a girls' name is of English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Buffy is "God is my oath". Informal pet form of Elizabeth, based on a child's unsuccessful attempts to pronounce the name.

Affiliated girl name: Beverly.

Associated with: oath.


7 relations via Elizabeth: Bessy, Bethy, Betsy, Betty, Biff, Biffy and Bizzy.

Creative forms:
(female) Bufna, Bufra, ..

(male) Bufley, Bufry, ..

Middle name pairings:
Buffy Ellianna (B.E.), ..

How popular is Buffy?

Buffy is a very prominent first name for women (#2040 out of 4276, Top 48%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Buffy was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest rank of #691 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Buffy are Elizabeth (#13 in 2015), Betty (#1287), Beverly (#1498) and Betsy (#1692). Other forms, like Bethy, are uncommon. These relations of Buffy were favored as birth names during 1930-1939 (average #472) and are now significantly less common (#1298, 90%), with versions like Elizabeth becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Buffy, Betsy, Betty, Beverly, Elizabeth in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bunny, Bunty, Daffy, Effy, Taffy and Tiffy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Buffy.

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