Beth - Meaning of Beth
[ 1 syll. bet(h), be-th ] The baby girl name Beth is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced Beh-TH †. Beth's origin is Hebrew, and its use, English and Hebrew. Biblical name: The name was first used as a diminutive of Elizabeth in the 19th century, and it was popularized by one of the central characters Beth March in Louisa M. Alcott's novel Little Women (1868). It came into use as an independent name soon after.
Beth is a shortening of the Welsh and English Bethan in the English language.
Beth is also a shortening of the English and Hebrew Bethel.
Beth is also a shortening of the English, Greek, and Hebrew Elizabeth in the English language.
Forms of Beth include the name Betha, the name Bethe, the English Maribeth, and the English Marybeth. Other forms of the name include the English diminutive Bessie, the Welsh and English diminutive Bethan, and the English and Welsh shortening Bet. See also the related forms, Annabeth, Beth Ann, Bethzy, Bettina, Jobeth, Lizbeth, and Sarahbeth.
Beth is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1964, 0.342% of baby girls were named Beth. It had a ranking of #65 then. The baby name has seen a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is used only on a very light scale today. In 2012, within the family of girl names directly related to Beth, Bethany was the most popular. Beth has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century.
† Pronunciation for Beth: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)"
A famous person named Beth is Singer Beth Orton, born Elizabeth Caroline Orton December 14, 1970, Norwich, England.