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Gender: Female Origin of Bette: Diminutive of Elizabeth Meaning of Elizabeth: Hebrew, "pledged to God"

The name Bette is a girl's name of Hebrew origin. Bette and is often added to lists like Nicknames for Elizabeth and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Pronounced a la Bette (Betty) Davis or Bette (Bet) Midler, a twentieth-century relic. Though if the equally vintage Betty comes back, Bette may be close behind.

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Famous People Named Bette

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis, American actress
Bette Midler, American singer/actress
Elizabeth "Bette" Cooper, Miss America 1937
Bette Jean Greene, American children's novelist
Bette Franke, Dutch model
(Bette) Joy Philbin, American TV personality; wife of Regis Philbin
Bette Claire Nesmith Graham, American inventor of White-Out; mother of musician Michael Nesmith of The Monkees
Bette Joan Henritze, American actress
Bette Bao Lord, Chinese-American activist
Bette Ford (born Harriet Elizabeth Dingeldein), American actress, model and bullfighter
Bette Gordon, American film director
Bette Bright (born Anne Martin), English rock singer of band Deaf School
Bette Bourne, stage name of Peter Bourne, English drag queen and actor
Bette McLaurin, American R&B singer
Bette Grayson, American actress; wife of playwright Clifford Odets

Pop Culture References for the name Bette

Lisbeth "Bette" Fischer, main character in"Cousin Bette," novel by Honoré de Balzac and later film
Bette Porter, Jennifer Beals's character in TV's "The L Word"
Bette Kane aka Bat-Girl and Flamebird, character in DC comics
Bette Tattler, conjoined twin character on TV's "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; twin of sister Dot
Bette San Souci aka Plastique, character on TV's "The Flash"
Bette Katzenkazrahi, character on American soap "Sunset Beach"
Bette Tremont, character in novel/film "Dad"
Bette Noir, character in comic book series "Iredeemable"
"Bette Davis Eyes," 1974 song by Kim Carnes


degrasswizkid Says:


The only 2 things that come to mind when I hear this name are Bette Midler and Bette Porter from The L Word...I DO NOT like the character Bette on The L Word and when I think of Bette Midler, I just get a flashback of my brother, sister, and I making one of those music videos to "Wind Beneath My Wings" at our theme park back in '91...