Bette

First Name
35k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
216
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bette

"Bette" is a name of American origin, and it means "God is my oath". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary
  1. A variant of Betty, a diminutive of the female given name Elizabeth.

Bette was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Bette

Bette Davis was an actress. She was most active from 1929 to 1989. Bette was given the name Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5th, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S. She left this life on October 6th, 1989.

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Bette was born on December 1st, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Territory.

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Bette was given the name Bette Clair McMurray on March 23rd, 1924 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. She breathed her last breath on May 12th, 1980.

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Joy Philbin is a television personality and celebrity. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Joy was given the name Bette Joy Senese on February 1st, 1941 in New York City, New York, U.S. Joy is also known as Joy Senese Philbin.

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Bette Porter is a fictional character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bette

Jean was born on December 6th, 1672. They died on January 11th, 1725.

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Jean-Christophe was born on December 3rd, 1977.

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Francoise was born in 1593 in Lede, Belgium. She left this life in 1666.

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How popular is the baby name Bette in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1896 5 5 0
1897 5 5 0
1899 5 5 0
1900 6 6 0
1901 6 6 0
1902 14 14 0
1903 9 9 0
1904 9 9 0
1906 11 11 0
1907 16 16 0
1908 18 18 0
1909 19 19 0
1910 21 21 0
1911 29 29 0
1912 38 38 0
1913 53 53 0
1914 82 82 0
1915 148 148 0
1916 230 230 0
1917 387 387 0
1918 582 582 0
1919 718 718 0
1920 1,000 1,000 0
1921 1,317 1,317 0
1922 1,482 1,482 0
1923 1,693 1,693 0
1924 1,742 1,736 6
1925 1,592 1,592 0
1926 1,381 1,381 0
1927 1,189 1,189 0
1928 1,001 1,001 0
1929 889 883 6
1930 774 774 0
1931 709 709 0
1932 772 772 0
1933 855 855 0
1934 746 741 5
1935 658 658 0
1936 717 717 0
1937 685 685 0
1938 741 741 0
1939 735 735 0
1940 734 729 5
1941 747 747 0
1942 836 836 0
1943 770 770 0
1944 691 691 0
1945 639 639 0
1946 732 732 0
1947 739 739 0
1948 580 580 0
1949 570 570 0
1950 460 460 0
1951 495 495 0
1952 384 384 0
1953 444 444 0
1954 389 389 0
1955 339 339 0
1956 282 282 0
1957 267 267 0
1958 188 188 0
1959 190 190 0
1960 145 145 0
1961 146 146 0
1962 117 117 0
1963 101 101 0
1964 105 105 0
1965 75 75 0
1966 56 56 0
1967 55 55 0
1968 44 44 0
1969 46 46 0
1970 32 32 0
1971 25 25 0
1972 21 21 0
1973 21 21 0
1974 14 14 0
1975 12 12 0
1976 15 15 0
1977 18 18 0
1978 8 8 0
1979 15 15 0
1980 17 17 0
1981 12 12 0
1982 11 11 0
1983 9 9 0
1984 7 7 0
1985 12 12 0
1986 7 7 0
1987 7 7 0
1988 12 12 0
1989 5 5 0
1990 6 6 0
1991 12 12 0
1992 5 5 0
1993 5 5 0
1994 7 7 0
1997 5 5 0
1999 5 5 0
2001 5 5 0
2007 6 6 0
2009 5 5 0
2010 6 6 0
2012 5 5 0
2013 7 7 0
2014 8 8 0
2015 9 9 0
2016 14 14 0

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Popularity of Bette as a first name

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Popularity of Bette as a last name

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Common last names for Bette

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Thompson
  • Williams
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Cox
  • Scott

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bette U.S.
  White 92.13% 64.26%
  African American 2.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bette

People with the last name Bette are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bette

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  • How Popular is the name Bette? Bette is the 1,261st most popular name of all time. As a last name Bette was the 86,314th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bette have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,845 babies born with the first name Bette in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bette to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bette? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bette first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bette is Tuesday, September 9th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Bette born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bette was in 1924 with a total of 1,736 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bette!
  • Random Bette Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bette ranks 85th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 53 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Bette: Your name in reverse order is Etteb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Etebt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bette? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 216 people with the last name Bette.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bette? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bette as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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