Gender: Female Meaning of Libby: "pledged to God" Origin of Libby: English, diminutive of Elizabeth

Libby Origin and Meaning

The name Libby is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pledged to God".

Through all the years when Betty, Betsy, Beth, Liz, and Lizzie were the Elizabethan nicknames of choice, the bubblier Libby was set aside, but today it may be the most modern of all—it has already made a strong comeback in England and Wales, where it ranks Number 139.

Libby Holman was a colorful torch singer in the 1920s and '30s, Libby Smith was a mysterious character on Lost, and Carly Simon wrote a song titled "Libby."

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Isabella_188 Says:


I love Libby as a name alone, but I adore it more as a nickname for Elizabeth!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I have a Libelle who's nn is Libby

danirose01 Says:


My grandmother's middle name was Libby. I always thought that was unique.

Elizabeth Armstrong Says:


Glad you enjoyed my story and read it all since it is quite long. Thanks!

clairels Says:


Haha, that's amazing! A lot of kids would probably get embarrassed and change their nickname when faced with the teasing, but you went the opposite way and embraced it. Nice job! I actually remember that tune because I had a good friend named Elizabeth nn Libby growing up, and my mom would always not-so-quietly sing it when ever she came over, although the ad campaign wasn't as popular by that time so she probably had no idea where it came from.

Elizabeth Armstrong Says:


My name is Elizabeth Lynn, but I have always gone by my nickname Libby. Growing up in the seventies other kids thought I was famous because of the food company Libby's. The company, originally called Libby, McNeil, and Libby, started in 1860's in Chicago as a canned meat company and expanded to produce all kinds of food products like fruit, milk, vegetables, etc. It is hard to find products with the Libby's label today because it is now a subsidiary of Nestle and they stopped using the Libby's name on a lot of things. For example, even though juicy juice is a Libby's product Nestle took off the name Libby's, and it is now called Nestle's juicy juice. Anyway in the 70's they had a very successful ad campaign with t.v.. commercials using a now famous jingle "If it says Libby's, Libby's, Libby's on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it on the table, table, table." You can see the commercials on you tube. Other kids would come up and sing it at me almost daily. They really thought I was the Libby in the commercials. When I was in my twenties I started collecting any and all things Libby from the company. I would scour antique stores looking for antique advertising memorabilia, cans, cookbooks-anything that had the name Libby's on it. Today I have a pretty extensive collection with probably close to 100 items many dating back to the 1800's. I have used a lot of things to decorate my home such as having advertisements framed, using old wooden packing crates to hold magazines, and creating a display of old Libby's cans. E-bay has lots of Libby's memorabilia. My favorite item is a Libby's pull string doll that was an advertising premium from that 70's ad campaign . When you pull the string she says different things. My favorite saying is "My name is Libby, Libby, Libby.What's yours?"

dae Says:


I like Libby for a middle name.

Zelliew Says:


I don't mind Libby

lizwhiz87 Says:


I want to name my (future) daughter Libby Pearl. I like Libby as a stand alone because my name is Elizabeth, so I wouldn't want to give my daughter that name and cause confusion. Plus it is a name that is precious on a child but still sounds classic enough to carry into adulthood. And NOT trendy (my number one criteria!!)

clairels Says:


Are you from Stillwater, MN, by any chance? There was a little girl who grew up a block away from me named Libby and her parents once told me it was "just" Libby. I thought that was cute. LOL.

libbyofMN Says:


My parents named me Libby as a stand-alone name (not Elizabeth). I'm in my twenties now--still love the name.

tori101 Says:


I think Libby is a really cute nickname for Elizabeth

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


My former best friend had this name. I prefer it to Lizzie or Elizabeth, but still not that pretty.

mabespark Says:


I'm sorry if I offended you, but it's just really NMS. I'm sure you wear it beautifully, it's just my opinion.

Libby Tucker Says:


Gee thanks

mabespark Says:


I'm sorry, but I really don't like this. It just feels messy and like too much lipstick to me, which I know is weird, but I can't stop. There are so many other lovely nicknames for Elizabeth.