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Gender: F Meaning of Betsy: "pledged to God" Origin of Betsy: Diminutive of Elizabeth

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This Elizabeth nickname has a decidedly retro feel--think Betsy Ross and the Betsy Wetsy doll-- once seen as a perkier, younger-sounding alternative to Betty. But with Betty on the brink of a comeback, pigtailed Betsy could return as well.

Betsy's height of popularity was from the forties to the sixties, when she was likely to be the radio, film or TV teenaged daughter.

Betsy, spelled Betsey, was a Dickens favorite, appearing in both David Copperfield (in which Aunt Betsey had wanted David to be named after her had he been a girl) and The Pickwick Papers.

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Famous People Named Betsy

Betsy Ross, figure in the American Revolution
Betsy Ann Brandt, American actress
Betsy Yoder, American reality TV personality ("Breaking Amish: LA")
Betsy Morgan, American Broadway actress
Betsy Wolfe, American Broadway actress
Betsy Nagelsen, American tennis player
Betsy King, American pro golfer
Betsy Rawls, American pro golfer
Betsy Palmer, American actress
Betsy Blair, American actress
Betsy McCaughey, American politician, former lieutenant governor of New York

Pop Culture References for the Name Betsy

Betsy Kelso, daughter of Michael Kelso on TV's "That 70's Show"
Betsy, character in the movie "Taxi Driver" played by Cybill Shepherd
Betsy Hopper, character in movie "Betsy's Wedding"
Betsy Trotwood, character in Dickens' "David Copperfield"
Betsy Cramer, character on TV soap "One Life to Live"
Betsy Stewart, character on TV soap "As the World Turns"

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