Betty

First Name
1.0m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Betty

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bet"ty
Senses
  1. Etymology: Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bessi. e., Elizabeth) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jennyi. e., Jane)

    A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. Alt. spell.: bettee "The powerful betty, or the artful picklock." [Arbuthnot.]
  2. Etymology: Betty, nickname for Elizabeth

    A name of contempt given to a man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.
  3. A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; -- called by chemists a Florence flask.(U. S)
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Elizabeth.

Betty was also found in the following language(s): Danish

Notable Persons Named Betty

Betty White is an actress, comedian, writer, and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1939. Betty was given the name Betty Marion White on January 17th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, U.S. Betty is also known as Betty White Ludden.

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Lauren Bacall was an actress and model. She was most active from 1942 to 2014. Lauren was given the name Betty Joan Perske on September 16th, 1924 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. She left this life on August 12th, 2014.

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Betty Grable was an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1929 to present. Betty was given the name Elizabeth Ruth Grable on December 18th, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Betty is also known as Frances Dean. She left this life on July 2nd, 1973.

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Betty Buckley is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1969. Betty was given the name Betty Lynn Buckley on July 3rd, 1947 in Big Spring, Texas, U.S.

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Betty Boop is a fictional character.

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Betty was given the name Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4th, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois, U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 4th, 2006.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Betty

Betty is an electropop singing. She plays Vocals. Betty was given the name Elizabeth Danielyan on March 7th, 2003 in Armenia. Betty is also known as Danielyan and Elizabeth.

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Garry Betty was a ceo, president of earthlink, earthlink, and president ofearthlink(1996–2007). Garry was born on March 4th, 1957 in Huntsville, Alabama. He passed away on January 2nd, 2007.

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Sam Betty is a rugby player for the Worcester Warriors. His career lasted from 2010 to 2011. Sam was born on November 19th, 1986.

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Arthur was born in 1877. He died on May 11th, 1961.

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Trevino was born on October 26th, 1974.

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Zanolli was born in 1965.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 117 117 0
1881 112 112 0
1882 123 123 0
1883 120 120 0
1884 144 144 0
1885 155 155 0
1886 167 167 0
1887 178 178 0
1888 214 214 0
1889 189 189 0
1890 216 216 0
1891 239 239 0
1892 255 255 0
1893 298 298 0
1894 298 298 0
1895 350 350 0
1896 342 342 0
1897 367 367 0
1898 421 421 0
1899 410 410 0
1900 664 664 0 #100 girl name
1901 473 473 0
1902 580 580 0
1903 596 596 0 #98 girl name
1904 715 707 8 #91 girl name
1905 812 807 5 #85 girl name
1906 865 865 0 #82 girl name
1907 1,023 1,018 5 #77 girl name
1908 1,135 1,128 7 #72 girl name
1909 1,087 1,082 5 #78 girl name
1910 1,394 1,389 5 #69 girl name
1911 1,456 1,456 0 #69 girl name
1912 2,011 2,011 0 #66 girl name
1913 2,246 2,240 6 #67 girl name
1914 2,943 2,933 10 #62 girl name
1915 4,192 4,181 11 #53 girl name
1916 5,144 5,136 8 #44 girl name
1917 6,648 6,639 9 #34 girl name
1918 8,824 8,803 21 #21 girl name
1919 10,125 10,106 19 #15 girl name
1920 14,042 14,017 25 #11 girl name
1921 17,674 17,637 37 #8 girl name
1922 20,929 20,894 35 #6 girl name
1923 26,047 25,991 56 #5 girl name
1924 30,670 30,602 68 #4 girl name
1925 32,897 32,813 84 #3 girl name
1926 33,054 32,963 91 #3 girl name
1927 35,528 35,423 105 #3 girl name
1928 36,198 36,079 119 #2 girl name
1929 36,806 36,673 133 #2 girl name
1930 38,389 38,233 156 #2 girl name
1931 36,256 36,104 152 #2 girl name
1932 34,584 34,415 169 #2 girl name
1933 31,679 31,524 155 #2 girl name
1934 31,253 31,083 170 #2 girl name
1935 28,822 28,671 151 #4 girl name
1936 25,981 25,865 116 #4 girl name
1937 25,453 25,331 122 #5 girl name
1938 25,613 25,503 110 #4 girl name
1939 23,770 23,640 130 #4 girl name
1940 22,188 22,074 114 #5 girl name
1941 21,024 20,902 122 #7 girl name
1942 21,765 21,654 111 #9 girl name
1943 21,685 21,596 89 #10 girl name
1944 19,832 19,758 74 #10 girl name
1945 18,450 18,388 62 #11 girl name
1946 19,759 19,712 47 #14 girl name
1947 19,008 18,963 45 #17 girl name
1948 16,664 16,621 43 #18 girl name
1949 14,979 14,944 35 #22 girl name
1950 13,643 13,612 31 #26 girl name
1951 12,863 12,824 39 #29 girl name
1952 12,174 12,133 41 #32 girl name
1953 11,389 11,364 25 #33 girl name
1954 10,650 10,614 36 #36 girl name
1955 9,950 9,929 21 #36 girl name
1956 9,248 9,214 34 #44 girl name
1957 8,508 8,477 31 #50 girl name
1958 7,740 7,709 31 #54 girl name
1959 7,340 7,318 22 #59 girl name
1960 6,531 6,502 29 #68 girl name
1961 5,594 5,579 15 #87 girl name
1962 4,780 4,765 15 #97 girl name
1963 4,167 4,153 14
1964 4,082 4,067 15
1965 3,583 3,565 18
1966 2,968 2,948 20
1967 2,556 2,543 13
1968 2,153 2,134 19
1969 2,148 2,134 14
1970 1,974 1,966 8
1971 1,774 1,764 10
1972 1,366 1,366 0
1973 1,337 1,322 15
1974 1,140 1,130 10
1975 1,030 1,022 8
1976 915 909 6
1977 813 808 5
1978 715 715 0
1979 711 711 0
1980 658 658 0
1981 669 662 7
1982 635 635 0
1983 570 564 6
1984 504 504 0
1985 507 502 5
1986 407 407 0
1987 440 435 5
1988 401 395 6
1989 399 399 0
1990 406 406 0
1991 346 346 0
1992 296 296 0
1993 292 292 0
1994 276 276 0
1995 235 235 0
1996 218 218 0
1997 189 189 0
1998 197 197 0
1999 182 182 0
2000 174 174 0
2001 154 154 0
2002 128 128 0
2003 143 143 0
2004 137 137 0
2005 132 132 0
2006 137 137 0
2007 134 134 0
2008 137 137 0
2009 149 149 0
2010 134 134 0
2011 167 167 0
2012 140 140 0
2013 175 175 0
2014 193 193 0
2015 191 191 0
2016 177 177 0
2017 175 175 0

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Popularity of Betty as a first name

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Popularity of Betty as a last name

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Common last names for Betty

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Lewis

Common first names for Betty

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Betty U.S.
  White 73.27% 64.26%
  African American 20.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Betty

People with the last name Betty are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Betty

  • What name lists does Betty rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Betty? Betty is the 42nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Betty was the 18,694th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Betty have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,003,093 babies born with the first name Betty in the United States. That's more than enough people named Betty to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Betty? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 117 new born babies.
  • When was Betty first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Betty is Sunday, January 26th, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Betty born? The highest recorded use of the first name Betty was in 1930 with a total of 38,233 babies. That's a lot of babies named Betty!
  • Random Betty Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Betty ranks 81st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 45 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Betty: Your name in reverse order is Ytteb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ebtyt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Betty? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,470 people with the last name Betty.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Betty? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Betty as their last name since less than 1 person in 200k 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.