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What does Bette mean?

Bette Pronunciation of Bette as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and the name Bette means "God is my oath". Bette is a version of Betty (Dutch, English, Hebrew): short form of Elizabeth.




VARIANTS Bit, Bett, Bet

OTHER FORMS VIA BETTY, ELIZABETH Babette, Belita, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Beta, Beth, Bethan, Bethie, Bethy, Bethzy, Betina, Betsan, Betsey, Betsie, Betsy, Betta, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettine, Bettye, Lisette, Lizette, Lotte, Lyzette, Tetty, Veta

(female) Bete, ..

(male) Beter, ..

Bette Cielo (B.C.), ..

How popular is Bette?

Bette is a very prominent first name for females (#607 out of 4276, Top 14%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#77742 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Bette entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #169 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Bette appearing in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 LAST YEAR), Bella (#48), Belle (#859), Betty (#1128), Babette, Betti, Lizette, Lisette, Bettye, Bettina, Bettie, Betsy, Bell, Betsey, Bethzy, Bethan, Beth, Bessie, Bess and Veta. Usage of these relations of Bette was at its apex 88 years ago (AVERAGE #1111) and has become much lower since (#1716, 81%), with forms like Bette falling out of fashion. Bella is the most trendy girl name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bette, Babette, Bell, Bella, Belle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethzy, Betsey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betsy, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Betty in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bettye, Elizabeth, Lisette, Lizette, Veta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bette is alike in pronunciation to Bat and Beate. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Alette, Anette, Arette, Beata, Beatie, Beattie, Bebe, Becke, Bee, Beige, Bente, Berrte (see Bertha), Bert, Berta, Berte, Berthe, Berti, Bertie, Berty, Betha, Bethea, Bethel, Betia, Bets, Betts, Bevie, Birte, Bitta, Bobette, Brett, Bretta, Brette, Briette, Britte, Evette, Gerte, Gitte, Grette, Hette, Huette, Idette, Ivette, Jette, Joette, Mette, Odette, Olette, Orette, Patte, Ryette, Utte, Wyette, Yette, Yuette and Yvette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bette.

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