Diminutive of Elizabeth
"pledged to God"

Betty Origin and Meaning

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

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. We may be on the precipice of a Betty wave, thanks to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who recently chose it for their third daughter.

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

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Famous People Named Betty

  • Elizabeth Ann "Betty" FordFirst Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Gerald Ford
  • Betty Marion WhiteAmerican actress and comedian
  • Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" GrableAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth "Betty" CuthbertAustralian Olympic runner
  • Betty Mae Pagebirth name of model Bettie Page
  • Elisabeth Lillian "Betty" (Wehner) SmithAmerican novelist
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Parrisaccuser in the 1692 Salem witch trials
  • Betty Friedan (born Bettye Naomi Goldstein)American feminist author
  • Betty X (born Zoe PierceGibson), American musician, artist, and activist
  • Betty Louise McCollumU.S. Congresswoman from Minnesota
  • Betty Boostage name of Alison Moira Clarkson, English pop singer
  • Betty Whostage name of Jessica Anne Newham, Australian singer
  • Betty Lynn BuckleyAmerican actress
  • Betty HarrisAmerican soul singer
  • Elizabeth June "Betty" HuttonAmerican actress
  • Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders)American educator and civil rights activist; wife of Malcolm X
  • Hedvig Kristina Elisabeth "Betty" DelandSwedish actress
  • Elizabeth Mary "Betty" DriverEnglish actress
  • Betty Margaret Hannah KennedyCanadian author and senator
  • Betty Flippina StöveDutch tennis player
  • Betty WilliamsNorthern Irish winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Betty MoschonaGreek actress
  • Betty JacksonEnglish fashion designer
  • Betty Lou GersonAmerican actress
  • Betty Lou BredemusAmerican actress; mother of actress Julia Roberts
  • Betty Lou HollandAmerican actress
  • Betty Lou KeimAmerican actress
  • Elizabeth Folan "Betty" GilpinAmerican actress
  • Baciliky Andris "Betty" CantrellMiss America 2016
  • Betty LinFisher, 5th wife of singer Eddie Fisher
  • Betty CornellAmerican 1950s model who wrote a "Teen,age Popularity Guide"
  • Betty EverettAmerican singer
  • Betty Ann BobbittAustralian actress
  • Betty Boogie ParkerAmerican voice actress; daughter of "South Park" creator Trey Parker
  • Betty Reynolds (b. 2019)daughter of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Betty in Pop Culture

  • Betty Crockerfood brand and its mascot
  • Betty Boopanimated character
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Drapercharacter on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Beatriz "Ugly" Betty Suareztitle character on TV's "Ugly Betty"
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Cooperblonde good girl in Archie comics and TV's Riverdale
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Rosscharacter in The Hulk series
  • Betty Rizzocharacter in musical "Grease"
  • Betty Rubblecharacter on animated series "The Flintstones"
  • "Betty Blue" 1986 French movie and its main character
  • "Atomic Betty" animated series and its main character
  • Bettycharacter on TV's "The Naked Brothers Band"
  • Betty Eagletoncharacter on British soap opera "Emmerdale'
  • Betty Slugmain character in Canadian comic strip "Betty"by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
  • Betty Spaghettybendable rubber doll
  • Betty Spencercharacter on British sitcom "Some Mothers do 'ave 'em"
  • Betty Williamscharacter on British soap opera "Coronation Street"
  • "Brickhouse Betty" web series and its main character
  • Betty Quinlanminor character in animated series "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron"
  • Betty Newbiecharacter in The Sims video games
  • Betty Botcharacter in The Sims video games
  • "Betty" retro expression for an attractive girl
  • Brown bettyfruit dessert
  • Betty de Fammecharacter in the video game "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice"
  • “Betty” song by Taylor Swift

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