Betty - Meaning of Betty
[ 2 syll. bet-ty, be-tty ] The baby girl name Betty is pronounced BEHT-iy- †. Betty's language of origin is Hebrew, and it is used mainly in the Dutch and English languages. The name was first used in the 18th century.
In addition, Betty is a pet form of the English, Greek, and Hebrew Elizabeth in the English language.
Betty is a widely used name; it has 35 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Variant forms used in English include Betee, Betey, Beti, Betje, Betsea, Betseah, Betsee, Betsey, Betsi, Betsie, Betsy, Bettea, Betteah, Bettee, Bettey, Betti, Bettie, Bettina (used in Italian and Spanish as well), Bettine, Betty Jane, Betty-Jean, Betty-Jo, Bettye, Bettyjean, Bettylou, Bettyna, Bettyne, Bety, Boski, and Bözsi. The short form Bet (used in Welsh as well), and the pet forms Bets and Betts are other English variants. Foreign variant forms of Betty include Beitidh (Scottish) and Bette (French).
Variant forms share the origin and thus the meaning of the name Betty.
Betty is rare as a baby name for girls. At the peak of its usage in 1930, 3.280% of baby girls were given the name Betty. Its ranking then was #2. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity, and is used only on a very light scale today. Out of the group of girl names directly linked to Betty, Elizabeth was the most commonly used in 2018. Betty has predominantly been a girl name, although in the past century it has also been used for boys. Girls named Betty outnumbered boys by 437 times in 1946.
Baby names that sound like Betty include Beitidh, Betee, Betey, Beti, Bettee, Bettey, Betti, Bettie, Bety, Babbet, Babbete, Babbett, Babbette, Babette, Bado, Badu, Bahat, Bahyty, Ballaed, and Ballaid.
† Pronunciation for Betty: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Betty:
Actress Betty Grable, born Elizabeth Ruth Grable, 18 December 1916 - 2 July 1973, St. Louis, Missouri.
Actress Betty Hutton, born Elizabeth Thornburg, 26 February 1921 - 11 March 2007, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Actress Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske, September 16, 1924, New York City, New York.
Animated Character Betty Boop, born 8 August 1930.
Corporate Icon Betty Crocker, born 1921, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
US First Lady Betty Ford, born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer, 8 April 1918, Chicago, Illinois.