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

The name Betty is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God". Betty and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

From the experts:

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

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford, First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Gerald Ford
Betty Marion White, American actress and comedian
Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable, American actress
Elizabeth "Betty" Cuthbert, Australian Olympic runner
Betty Mae Page, birth name of model Bettie Page
Betty Smith (born Elisabeth Wehner), American novelist
Elizabeth "Betty" Parris, accuser in the 1692 Salem witch trials
Betty Friedan (born Bettye Naomi Goldstein), American feminist author
Betty X (born Zoe Pierce-Gibson), American musician, artist, and activist
Betty Louise McCollum, U.S. Congresswoman from Minnesota
Betty Boo (born Alison Moira Clarkson), English pop singer
Betty Lynn Buckley, American actress
Betty Harris, American soul singer
Betty Hutton (born Elizabeth June Thornburg), American actress
Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders), American educator and civil rights activist; wife of Malcolm X
Hedvig Kristina Elisabeth "Betty" Deland, Swedish actress
Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Driver, English actress
Betty Kennedy, Canadian author and senator
Betty Stöve, Dutch tennis player
Betty Williams, Northern Irish winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Betty Moschona, Greek actress
Betty Jackson, English fashion designer
Betty Lou Gerson, American actress
Betty Lou Bredemus, American actress; mother of actress Julia Roberts
Betty Lou Holland, American actress
Betty Lou Keim, American actress
Betty Gilpin, American actress
Betty Who, Australian singer
Baciliky Andris "Betty" Cantrell, Miss America 2016
Betty Lin-Fisher, 5th wife of singer Eddie Fisher
Betty Cornell, American 1950s model who wrote a "Teen-age Popularity Guide"
Betty Everett, American singer
Betty Ann Bobbitt, Australian actress
Betty Boogie Parker, Trey Parker’s daughter and the current voice of Ike Broflovski in South Park

Pop Culture References for the name Betty

Betty Crocker, food brand and its mascot
Betty Boop, animated character
Elizabeth "Betty" Draper, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Beatriz "Ugly" Betty Suarez, title character on TV's "Ugly Betty"
Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper, blonde good girl in Archie comics and TV's Riverdale
Elizabeth "Betty" Ross, character in The Hulk series
Betty Rizzo, character in musical "Grease"
Betty Rubble, character on animated series "The Flintstones"
"Betty Blue," 1986 French movie and its main character
"Atomic Betty," animated series and its main character
Betty, character on TV's "The Naked Brothers Band"
Betty Eagleton, character on British soap opera "Emmerdale'
Betty Slug, main character in Canadian comic strip "Betty"by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
Betty Spaghetty, bendable rubber doll
Betty Spencer, character on British sitcom "Some Mothers do 'ave 'em"
Betty Williams, character on British soap opera "Coronation Street"
"Brickhouse Betty," web series and its main character
Betty Quinlan, minor character in animated series "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron"
Betty Newbie, character in The Sims video games
Betty Bot, character in The Sims video games
"Betty," retro expression for an attractive girl
Brown betty, fruit dessert

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