Diminutive of Elizabeth
"pledged to God"

Betsy Origin and Meaning

The name Betsy is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God".

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.

# 745 in the US

Betsy Rank in US Top 1000

# 876 on Nameberry

Betsy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Betsy Popularity

Famous People Named Betsy

  • Elizabeth Griscom "Betsy" Rossfigure in the American Revolution
  • Elisabeth Dee "Betsy" DeVos11th U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Elizabeth Helen "Betsy" McCaugheyAmerican politician, former lieutenant governor of New York
  • Betsy Ann BrandtAmerican actress
  • Betsy Blair (born Elizabeth Winifred Boger)American actress
  • Betsy YoderAmerican reality TV personality ("Breaking Amish: LA")
  • Betsy Ruthring name of MaryKate Duignan Glidewell, American pro wrestler
  • Betsy Palmer (born Patricia Betsy Hrunek)American actress
  • Betsy Gordon DrakeFrench,American actress
  • Betsy MorganAmerican Broadway actress
  • Elizabeth Marie "Betsy" WolfeAmerican Broadway actress
  • Betsy BeutlerAmerican actress
  • Betsy JoslynAmerican actress and singer
  • Betsy RueAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth A. "Betsy" HodgesAmerican politician; 47th mayor of Minneapolis
  • Lucia Elizabeth ″Betsy″ Balcombe Abellfriend of Napoleon I during his exile at Saint Helena
  • Helen Elizabeth "Betsy" NagelsenAmerican tennis player
  • Betsy WoodruffAmerican political reporter
  • Betsy KingAmerican pro golfer
  • Elizabeth Earle "Betsy" RawlsAmerican pro golfer
  • Betsy May RandleAmerican actress
  • Betsy Mack Tyrell (b. 2018)daughter of American singer/songwriter Hillary Scott, twin to Emory JoAnn; sister to Eisele Kaye

Betsy in Pop Culture

  • Betsy Warrington Raymain character in the Betsy,Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Betsymain character in the B is for Betsy series by Carolyn Haywood
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock aka PsylockeMarvel comics character
  • Betsy Kelsodaughter of Michael Kelso on TV's "That 70's Show"
  • Betsycharacter in the movie "Taxi Driver"
  • Betsy Hoppercharacter in movie "Betsy's Wedding"
  • Betsy Cramercharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Betsy Stewartcharacter on American soap "As the World Turns"
  • Betsy Chernak Taylorcharacter on American soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing"
  • Betsy aka Betcharacter in "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
  • Betsy Butterburcharacter in film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  • Betsy Bobbincharacter in L. Frank Baum's Oz books
  • "The Betsy" 1978 film
  • Betsy Jobscharacter in the 1999 comedy film "Dick" about President Richard Nixon