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Betty is kind of an old fashioned name in my opinion, but it’s particularly the best name for an old-lady. I prefer Elle as a nickname for Elizabeth.
xxCreative_Mindxx  6/5/2019
My name is Betty I’ve always hated it only because I would get teased a lot when I was younger and because it reminded me of an old ladies name too. I would tell my mom why did you name me Betty! Than came the show Ugly Betty-to top it off lol. I guess I felt like I never got a break from that name being made fun of. I even considered changing my name but haven’t yet. I have met girls who’s names are Betty and they felt the same way but I look at it this way there’s worse names out there at least my name isn’t Henrietta or Wilma etc thanks to you people who like the name Betty and even considered naming your babies Betty. Hopefully it does come back, Hazel and Josie did who knows.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2019
This is an old lady's name but it's still a popular nickname for Elizabeth.
krystalberglund  1/15/2019
Love, love, LOVE Betty! I first heard the name when I was around 6 in the show “Atomic Betty” and fell in love with it. It’s short and sweet, and refreshing amongst all the Chloe’s, Mackenzie’s, and Lily’s. Hopefully I can name my daughter Betty someday.
ArianaRose  11/14/2018
In 2018, 80 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Betty who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 63rd most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
This name needs to be retired. It went out of style 50 years ago.
krystalberglund  10/3/2018
"Betty" is a song by New Zealand recording artist Brooke Fraser and the song centres on a girl who hides behind scars and birthmarks.
Lumi  10/2/2018
Reminds me of a fat woman with a tattoo above her butt crack! Yuck!
Curious me  9/30/2018
I went to school with a Betty in the 1990s. But I still consider it to be an old woman's name. It reminds me of Betty White.
krystalberglund  9/28/2018
Such a shame it's seen as an old woman name nowadays, because it's a really adorable nickname.
saranade  8/18/2018
My name is Betty. I have hated the name for ages now, and it is very strange to say. But now reading all these comments, I am actually happy with my name, especially thanks to the people who said that they want my name, and the people who said they are naming their children Betty. It makes me feel happy knowing that at least some people actually like the name a lot. I have felt self-conscious about my name for ages now, and I'm not even in my twenties yet. Now so many people are saying it is a young refreshing girl's name, I am proud of it. Thank you.
BuzzyB123  7/9/2018
I prefer Betsy.
Mattie Rugg  4/14/2018
Okay, I always felt the name sounded old. My mother named me Betty after her best friend in the mid 40's. She also gave me the middle name Catherine which I later in my very young age changed the spelling to Katherine. I went through life not really liking the name Betty but, as some have said in their comments, it doesn't matter now that I'm older. I will be 70 in June of 2018. I always felt that every unattractive lady I met had the name Betty. It seemed to be this way always for me in life. Though when I was in my youth, I was forever receiving compliments that I was beautiful or the most beautiful lady in town, which I always didn't agree. I was always my worst enemy. And I still receive compliments on my appearance. But as I said earlier, it doesn't matter now. My name BETTY KATHERINE is fine to be the carved name on my headstone. I apologize if I've discouraged whomever may read this from using the name Betty but, I'm just being honest to what I felt about my name in life.
bessylou4  2/3/2018
I used to hate this name, since it sounds like such an old lady name, until I actually met a young girl named Betty. It suited her perfectly. I probably wouldn't give my own kid this name, but it's a nice name.
dftba  12/31/2017
I am Betty, it is a unique name and I like that I am not a Lisa, Tracy, Stacy, Lori, Tammy, Denise, or any other common name from my generation (age 51). To some people, it may seem like an old lady name, but I am told that I am cute, unique, and I stand out. I have only encountered one other Betty of my generation in all my years and in many travels. And she was also kind-hearted and to my eye, attractive. My husband seems to think it is a sexy name. So there you go.
likebeingbetty  10/6/2017
Betty Crocker AKA The Batterwitch (from Andrew Hussie's Homestuck) is a famous bearer of this name.
TiffanyMcSparkles  6/3/2017
Betty Nguyen is an American news anchor with NBC News and MSNBC. Prior to joining NBC in 2013, Nguyen worked for CBS News where she was news anchor for CBS This Morning Saturday, correspondent for The Early Show, and anchored the CBS Morning News.
lilolaf  3/11/2017
I am 81 years old and my name is Betty Joyce. I was born in the South where double names were the norm for many years. I was my Mother's first born and she thought the name was beautiful. It was especially fitting because I was blessed to be a beautiful baby, child and woman. And, I have been told many times that I was beautiful both inside and out; that I was "good to the bone"; have a beautiful soul and sterling. I wanted to change my name several years ago because of the "old lady stigma", but my son and only child said "No Mom, please don't do that. Every Betty I have met in my life has been kind, warm and a joy to know." My schoolmates always called me "Betty Joyce" which I thought was pretty until I reached middle-age and found out what people thought of the name. Now at 81, there is no fooling anyone about my age so it does not matter. I wish this country did not have such aversion to old people (especially women) and to the point that we do not want our baby girls named old lady names. We would not even be talking about this if it was a boy or man's name.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2017
Betty Who is an Australian singer who has awesome music.
dancingbear  1/3/2017
My name is Betty, after my grandmother. I hated it when I was a preteen and through my early teen years, in fact I was sure that I would change my name when I became old enough, but I grew into it I guess and now I love it. I often say that I am the only young person named Betty, but every now and then (as in like maybe 5 times?) I'll see another but never in real life, always online. Would love to talk to another young Betty about it one day.
BettyAdore  12/17/2016
The name Betty was given to 186 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
Betty is a really nice name. I named one of the main characters on a comic I'm writing Betty. I really hope it makes a comeback someday (I think it ranked #370 in UK baby names last year, so it's hardly extinct). My nan had a friend whose wife was called Betty.
Mr.Cheese  6/16/2016
Betty Comden, actress, librettist, lyricist and screenwriter (1917-2006), born Basya Cohen.
Kosta  5/16/2016
It's ugly and geriatric, and it doesn't look good on anyone under 60.
TyrannosaurusRegina  1/23/2016
Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name "Betty Who", is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2014
Betty Hutton (Born: February 26, 1921, Died: March 11, 2007) was an American stage, film, and television actress, comedienne and singer.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2014
I think the name Betty is a nice, girly, pretty and sophisticated vintage name. It does make me think of Betty Boop but that's not a bad thing. :)
― Anonymous User  10/17/2014
Betty Grof is a character in Adventure Time.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2014
Betty Barrett from Atomic Betty.
Franklansburg  4/21/2014
The name Betty was given to 136 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Betty Draper, from the show Mad Men.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2013
I more likely prefer Betty on its own instead of it being a nickname for Elizabeth. I think Betty is a sweet name, but I wouldn't probably use it. I would rather use Betsy, which is probably better than this name.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2012
I think it's adorable and I agree with the comment that it would sound really fresh on a little girl! My paternal grandma was named Betty. :)
Chrila96  1/16/2011
I think it's cute, in an old-fashioned studious kind of way.
LullabyMoon11  9/24/2010
Betty Williams — Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1976. Watched three children being murdered.
Myth Writer Dreamer  9/4/2010
I love the name Betty. :) It can be pretty hip. I wish my name was Betty. ;P It annoys me when people think of old ladies, it's a very pretty name. :)
CoronaAndLime  7/15/2009
Betty Friedan was a feminist who wrote The Feminine Mystique, a book about the feeling of lack of fulfillment in women's lives.
bananarama  3/25/2009
When I think "Betty", I think of Frank Spencer's wife Betty Spencer from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, which was a British 70's sitcom. I like this name. :)
walesgal92  2/22/2009
Goth-pop musician Betty Curse (real name Megan Burns) is a famous bearer of this name, best known for her songs "Girl With Yellow Hair" and "God, This Hurts".
Sophannagh  1/21/2009
A famous bearer is stage, film, and television actress and singer Betty Buckley (born July 3, 1947). Among her notable roles have included Martha Jefferson in the original Broadway production of "1776", Sandra Abbott 'Abby' in "Eight is Enough" during its latter 3 seasons, Miss Collins in the 1976 film "Carrie", and Broadway's original Grizabella in the musical "Cats", winning a Tony Award. She has also recorded more than a dozen solo music albums, composing many of her own songs.
AndrewJKD  8/6/2008
Betty is also short for Beatrice.
GarbageGuy  5/29/2008
Betty Parris was the daughter of Reverend Samule Parris, of Salem Massachusets. Her and her cousin Abigail Williams strangely fell ill and began accusing townspeople of witchcraft. By many accounts, the girls started the Salem witch trials, which eventually resulted in the hangings of 19 people. She is also a character in Arthur Miller's play on the subject, The Crucible.

Another bearer is Betty MacDonald, who wrote her memoir, The Egg and I, which became a popular movie.
sharonrenee  5/23/2008
My Gramdmother's name is Betty and my mother's name is Betty. My mother chose to name me Lissette, it means the same as Elizabeth also the same as Betty. It was too common back in the day. But I would agree with some of the other comments. It might be cute now. Also in the surf areas women are known as betties, kinda cute and way better than saying chicks.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2007
Betty White, American actress. "Betty" is her real name.
Kosta  5/23/2007
We are naming our daughter (due in August) Betty Claire. We've gotten a lot of weird reactions, but I think it's an adorable name ready for its comeback.
Stumpygrrl  4/17/2007
Famous bearer - Betty Suarez, a character in Ugly Betty.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007
Not so long ago Betty seemed like a hopeless old lady name, but now I find that it's been out of favor long enough that it could make a revival. It's really a very cute name, and on a young girl I don't think it would matter anyone how popular it was seventy years ago.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
I think it's very cute and sweet. Also a cute nickname for Elisabeth.
elysa  3/14/2007
American actress Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York. She starred in To Have and Have Not and other such films with Humphrey Bogart.
sparkle31740  3/9/2007
Bettan is the the Swedish version of Betty.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
It's odd because in one way I think of old ladies sitting in a hall playing Bingo, yet in another way I picture a flamboyant young girl. I like this name, especially in its own right.
Surreal  12/26/2006
I think Betty would sound delightfully refreshing on a young girl (especially amidst the sea of trendy "names" like Jayden, Nevaeh, Mackenzie, Makayla, etc.). ♥
Wordsmith  12/24/2006
In a story I am writing Betty is a young war nurse. I think it is a very nice name, and it's fine for a full name.
bellaboo  10/29/2006
Cute. Betty was also the underage nurse in Pearl Harbour, who sadly didn't make the bombings.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2006
I love the name Betty! I don't think of old women, I think of sexy 40's bombshells like Betty Paige!
whitedotblackdot  7/26/2006
Betty is a name associated with old ladies.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2006
A famous bearer is First Lady Betty Ford.
CoBy  4/30/2006
In Spanish it's also a pet form of Beatriz and Bertha.
frangg23  1/12/2006
Betty Cooper from the Archie comics. Her real name is Elizabeth.
Labonne  1/9/2006
Betty Rubble is Barney's wife and Bamm-Bamm's mother in "The Flintstones" cartoons.
breakofday  12/30/2005
There are so many Bettys. Betty Boop, Betty Crocker (the cookbooks), Betty Grable (the actress/WWII pin-up girl), The Betty Ford Clinic ...
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Betty Applewhite is the name of Alfre Woodard's character on the popular soap-dramedy "Desperate Housewives". She and her son are hiding her other son in their basement on the show.
AndrewJKD  11/26/2005
I think the name Betty is a beautiful name. My grandma who just recently passed away was named Betty.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2005
I really like the name Betty on its own. I have a friend by that name.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2005

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