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What does Betty mean?

Betty Pronunciation of Betty 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH oath, 17th century, 18th century, combination (blend), modern, lady (noble)


VARIANTS Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Betsey, Betsy, Bett, Betta, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettine

OTHER FORMS 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, Veta

(female) Bety, ..

(male) Betby, ..

Betty Kinley (B.K.), ..

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)

Betty reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is presently at #1128. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Babette, Bea, Beatrice (#573 LAST YEAR), Bebe, Bee, Bell, Bella (#48), Belle (#859), Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethan, Bethzy, Betsey, Betsy, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettye, Buffy, Elizabeth (#13), Liza (#1662) and Veta are the prominent variation forms of Betty (#1128). Other variants, like Beta, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Betty reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 (MEDIAN #1121) and is now significantly less (#1691, 81% LESS USAGE), with versions like Betty becoming less trendy. Bella is the most contemporarily stylish girl name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betty, Babette, Bea, Beatrice, Bebe in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bee, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettina, Bettye in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Buffy, Elizabeth, Liza, Veta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Betty is pronounced similarly to Batya, Beata, Bitta and Bitya. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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