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

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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MidnightSky Says:


I love Betty. It has a lot of old Hollywood glamour and vintage charm. Please make a comeback.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


A bit bland but nonetheless better than Betsy.

fearlessfirefly Says:


This was great-grandma's nickname, her full name was Elizabeth.

ArianaRose Says:


When I was little I fell in love with the name Betty because of a cartoon I watched, then forgot about it. After reading The Crucible I’m in love with it again. I used Betty for a character in a story I’m writing :)

adadadad Says:


i always associate it with betty boop

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Ugh. Much too associated with Riverdale nowadays, plus it is just weird to me, though other people are free to like it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I 100% agree. That's why Elizabeth is such an excellent choice, and so enduringly popular. It's so versatile. I do think that Betty works on its own, but personally, I would always go for Elizabeth, rather than Betty, Beth, Liz, Eliza, etc. It leaves the child's options open.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is super cute. I love it so much, either as a nickname for Elizabeth, or as an independent name.

Daiseymae Says:


Too plain. It isn't bad either.

DolphinLover17 Says:


I love that name. I think its a cute name.I might name my daughter Betty.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I like both Betty and Bessie. Betty I think more tomboyish and Bessie more girly, in my opinion, Betsy,is also good. I do prefer Betty over all. But all are nice names.

Guest Says:


My mom's name. She's ambivalent about it. I would honor her with Beth, I don't really like "just Betty".

Plutophelia Says:


While I love this name and I definitely think that it can stand on its own,I think it works better as a nickname for the full Elizabeth. That is why I love the name Elizabeth, you can work it around any personality. Say I named my daughter Elizabeth intending to call her Betty but she was more of a Lizzie or Beth then you could adjust!

Orchid_Lover Says:


Came across a baby Betty at work recently, my co-workers made the "old lady name" comment, but I think it's really cute. I just realized it peaked in the US in 1930 so maybe it's not quite ready for revival, but I hope it is. A solid, stylish choice imo.

bluedahlia Says:


Such a cute name, definitely ready for a revival.

Betty Says:


I love my name Betty , because my mom must of loved it !