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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Betsy

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Betsy in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Betsy:

  • Records indicate that 44,987 girls in the United States have been named Betsy since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1959, when 1,390 people in the U.S. were given the name Betsy. Those people are now 62 years old.

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    Comments about the name Betsy

    89% Approval Rating
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      8 Positive Comments

  • "My Daughter was born in 2004 and she is called Betsy, its a refreshing change as there is 4 Elle's, 6 cortneys and 4 Eva's in her class.Its a great name." Jun. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "As an adult I like it, I hated it as a kid, teased, Betsy Wetsy and so on. Of course I had bright red hair too, which is now darker..that didn't help!! I don't hear it much, but I'm always asked if it's short for Elizabeth, in my case no. Also the misspelling Besty (lets sound this out!!!)" May. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife's name is Betsy Aurelia and I think it is beautiful." Aug. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Elizabeth but have been called Betsy my entire life. I think the name is so uncommon now and I have noticed that if I order take out, and it's a teenager who takes the order, they will repeatedly ask me my name and finally how I am spelling it. It's like they never heard the name before and I'm guessing they probably haven't!!" May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my favorite name. You just know that a "Betsy" is cute and popular. I like it because it is uncommon without being weird." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a great nick name from Elizabeth. It's sweet and a little sassy, too." Oct. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, however if that was your name some people might think it's a nickname for the name Elisabeth, but I much prefer it as a name on it's own. It has more of an edge to it than Betty or Bessie don't you think? Betsy is the name of my cuddly toy rabbit which I have had since I was a newborn so I have grown up with this name always beside me and would love to give this name to a child as it's cute & pretty and dares to be different!" Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I think it's a great, unique name. I like it because it's NOT like everyone else's name!" May. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I once knew a girl named Betsy Lou. She was the worlds biggest prat. I do hope that if you name your kid Betsy they won't turn out like this little girl!" Jul. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      9 Neutral Comments

  • "Being gifted with the name Betsy - you rarely meet anyone else with your name, but when you do, you always have to ask if they use Betsy as a nickname for Elizabeth. I?ve met 4 Betsy?s (not as a nickname) in my life. I love the uniqueness of my name. I wasnt popular in school, more on the nerd end. But I had friends kind of in both categories so I didn?t get sucked into one clique. It?s a name that brings thoughts of independent willful & strong women. (Perhaps why it?s commonly used for old vehicles or farm animals) It?s been a long time since I?ve been teased about the popular?Betsy Wetsy? doll - but the older generations still remember, so plan for it to come up if you gift your daughter this name." Nov. 14, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betsy. I hated it growing up. People always asked if my name was short for Elizabeth. I would tell them no it?s just Betsy and then sometimes I would get the question ?are you sure?. Of course I?m sure. Lol. Anyway now that I am an adult I realize Betsy is a unique name and I am quite proud of my unpopular name." Jun. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My real name is Elizabeth, but my parents called me "Betsy." I always hated it; it seemed too cute and perky, not a serious name. I'd get teased about Betsy Wetsy dolls and Betsy McCall paperdolls. When I was 20, I started using my full name and have never looked back. At first, my parents refused to call me "Elizabeth" but eventually they did." Apr. 10, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't really like the name Betsy but I like Bet." Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is really Elizabeth but i go by Betsy. I haven't met anybody else with this name for a very long time, which is why i like it" Feb. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name too - and it's especially nice because although it's not like everyone else's name, people can pronounce it and spell it (except for an occasional Besty)" Nov. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "we spell betsey with a 'e'after the 's'it is quite a feminine name i think because its a pretty housewife name" Jul. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's nice as a nickname for Elizabeth or Bethany,but awful as a regular name." Jul. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betsy. As a child, I didn't like being called Betsy Wetsy or Betsy Ross. But now as an adult, I like it and it fits me." Feb. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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