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

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Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It's got presidential cred via Betty Ford and feminist history through Betty Friedan.

Betty's image is still very World War II, when Betty Grable was a hot pin-up girl and Betty was the all-American girls' name blanketing the country, second only to Mary from 1928 to 1934.

So yes, Betty has been out for so long now that we are starting to imagine a new generation of adorable baby Bettys.

Bette Davis pronounced her name 'Betty,' while Bette Midler is 'Bet.'

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Famous People Named Betty

Betty Gilpin, American actress on "Nurse Jackie"
Betty White, American actress and comedian
Betty Grable, American actress
Betty Ford, First Lady; wife of President Gerald Ford
Betty Cuthburt, Australian runner
Bettie Page, pin-up model was born with the 'Betty' spelling
Betty Smith, writer
Betty Williams, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Betty Cornell, a model in the 1950's who wrote a "Teen-age Popularity Guide"

Pop Culture References for the Name Betty

Betty Draper, character on TV show Mad Men
"Ugly" Betty Suarez, title character of Ugly Betty
Betty Boop (animated character)
Betty, blonde good girl of the Archie comics and foil of Veronica
apple brown betty (dessert)
Betty Quinlan, a minor character from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron
"Betty" is a retro expression for an attractive girl - "she's a betty!"

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