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Origin and Meaning of Beta

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  • A submission from Massachusetts, United States says the name Beta means "Oath of God/ God is satisfaction" and is of Greek origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Be"ta
The second letter of the Greek alphabet, B, β. See B, and cf. etymology of Alphabet.

Note: BetaB, β) is used variously for classifying, as: [Astron] To designate some bright star, usually the second brightest, of a constellation, as, β Aurigæ. [Chem] To distinguish one of two or more isomers; also, to indicate the position of substituting atoms or groups in certain compounds; as, β-naphthol. With acids, it commonly indicates that the substituent is in union with the carbon atom next to that to which the carboxyl group is attached.

Etymology: Gr. bh^ta

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. Beets
  3. Preliminary or testing stage of a software or hardware product ("a beta version" and "beta software")
  4. Second in order of importance ("the candidate, considered a beta male, was perceived to be unable to lead his party to victory")

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta)

  1. The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet (,  ), preceded by alpha (,  ) and followed by gamma, (,  ). In modern Greek it represents the voiced labiodental fricative sound of found in the English words have and vase.
  2. Used in marking scheme: α, β, γ or α+, α, α-, β etc.
  3. (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
  4. (computing) The phase of development after alpha testing and before launch, in which software, while not complete, has been released to potential users for testing.
  5. (computing) A computer program in such a phase; a preliminary version.
  6. (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
  7. (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
  8. A beta fish, of the genus Betta.
  9. A beta male.

beta was also found in the following language(s): Ambonese Malay, Asturian, Catalan, Czech, Faroese, Galician, Italian, Latin, Malay, Old Irish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Beta

Beta Ray Bill is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Beta

Dean Beţa is a soccer player for the FC Petrolul Ploiești, CSM Şcolar Reşiţa, FC Sportul Studențesc București, Romania national under-17 football team, Romania national under-19 football team, and Romania national under-21 football team. Dean was born on May 11th, 1991 in Reșița.


Simon Beta is a house music, electronic dance music, hardstyle, electro house, dance music, electronic music, and tech house record producer and disc jockey. He plays Phonograph. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Simon was given the name Simone Della Zoppa on June 7th, 1982. Simon is also known as Simon Beta, Doctors In Florence, Rehnoir, SIB606, Jack Empire, and N-Quisitor.


Zbigniew was born on July 2nd, 1953.


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Popularity of Beta as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Beta U.S.
  White 55.56% 64.26%
  African American 12.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 17.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Beta

People with the last name Beta are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Beta

  • How Popular is the name Beta? Beta is the 70,916th most popular name of all time. As a last name Beta was the 151,532nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Beta have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11 babies born with the first name Beta in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Beta? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Beta first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Beta is Saturday, October 14th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Beta born? The highest recorded use of the first name Beta was in 1993 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Beta: Your name in reverse order is Ateb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tbea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Beta? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 108 people with the last name Beta.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Beta? Beta is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.