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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Betty

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

A few facts about the girl's name Betty:

  • Records indicate that 995,802 girls in the United States have been named Betty since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1930, when 38,232 people in the U.S. were given the name Betty. Those people are now 90 years old.

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    Comments about the name Betty

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      6 Positive Comments

  • "I love it! I think Betty is the most beautiful girl's name in the world. My girlfriend's name is Betty and it perfectly suits her. It's not just an old lady's name, my girlfriend is young (born in 1998), a very pretty, petite blonde with amazing purple-blue eyes and has a very unique fashion that blends 90's fashion with today's fashion. So it can be a young girl's name too." Jan. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is betty jean. And i was named after my grandma and she was name after her great aunt. I love my only 32 and only went to school with one girl with my name. And that was when i got im high school.beautiful name" Jan. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother was named Betty, and she was the strongest woman I know. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I absolutely adore the name." May. 30, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty and I love it. It is a beautiful name and I wouldn't trade it for any other name. Sometimes people misspell it but i don't mind that or how sometimes they call me other Betty-related names." Jan. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife is named Betty (actually Betty Ann) and she was born in 1982. I like the name. It's kinda cool because I've never known anyone under 50 with the name. It makes it unique without being strange. The only problem she's had is that being a nurse she often gets called "Nurse Betty". People also love it that she took my last name, which is Betts..." Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Betty is a strong name with a nice old fashioned ring to it. A great name for an adult and can be softened to Betsy for a child." Mar. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      9 Negative Comments

  • "I get called Becky, Betsy, Debbie, Patty, just about anything except Betty because no one can believe I have such an old lady's name when they first hear my name." Dec. 12, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was persecuted by the Stalinist Regime for 50 years. Following the Bolshevik Revolutions we were hunted to near extinction. The Communist Party is a front to eliminate all Betty's. We thought the end of the Cold War would signal the end. Russia is now involved in the US Elections, it is not over. If you are reading this, run." Feb. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty and hate it. I was named after my mother. I havent met anyone even close to my age with that name and I was born in 1982." Sep. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Someone asked me if I remember people named Betty when I was growing up. I thought "Do I look that old?" Betty was an old farts name even when I was a child." Mar. 30, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Mother was Elizabeth, my Dad decided to call her Betty and so she is known by both names. I think Liz is more pleasing, she answered to both names. My darling Mother passed away in 1997." Dec. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty,I hate the name! I was named after my Granny, whom I love, but the name is just....OLD. I'm 27-and have NEVER met anyone with my name that even close to my age. I don't know what my parents were thinking...they probably weren't." Jul. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty and for some reason, Betty (not Elizabeth) is a very popular name among Asians. I am also Asian. I've known several other Asian Bettys in my lifetime." Mar. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Think Black Betty the song, think Ugly Betty the American sitcom. Think also Frank Spencer's wife in the British sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Betty Turpin in Coronation Street - not to mention Bet Lynch, her partner-in-crime behind the Rovers' bar, Bet being a further shortening of Betty (let's not confuse Madame Turpin with Ms Lynch)." Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty - I've disliked it since I was 18 and have considered changing my name to something more "me": Kathryn or Kelsie, for example. Betty as a name is SO outmoded!" Dec. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "Growing up I was the only Betty. Born in 1960's. That is my birth name not Elizabeth. I was in my 20's when I started to appreciate my name. I was standing in a li e at checkout and there were 3 Betty's in a row including me. I thought that was really cool. That's when I learned to love my name." Jul. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Betty is my name. I rarely meet anyone named Betty and when I do, they are usually over 60. I am 54, so not far from 60." Feb. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betty and I absoulutely love it.Yeah sure it's an old name but old is gold. Plus no one my age has that name and that makes me feel special and unique" Nov. 21, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Betti, given to me because bothof my grandmas names were Betty. I do t know why my mom spelled it with an I,but it is very unique. I hated my name when I was a child,but I've gotten accustomed to it as I have gotten older.The name means Hot Girl !!!" May. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well it is 2016 and I am pregnant and if it is a girl I am considering Betty. I have a son James so it sticks with the traditional theme I have going on. Also my beautiful nans name. Also not boringly common like say Ava or Lilly.." Oct. 24, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bettye Grable. I love it. In my opinion, my first name has a beautiful ring. To me, I prefer that people pronounce my full first name-- Bettye not Bet." Aug. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name Betty. no one in my high school or elementary school had that name but when it comes to insults theres a lot of things......" Nov. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the song 'Black Betty' kind of ruined this name and I'd feel sorry for any black U.S. woman going by this name. Some people, though, would rather blame Betty Boop for this name's decline post-World War II, and I don't think that the sitcom 'Ugly Betty' is likely to help either, for any female, black or white, going by this name and who's not particularly attractive may nowadays become the victim of the 'Ugly Betty' taunts. If none of these associations came about, the name would have been considered an okay name, but unfortunately, once those associations came about, it seems likely that they are here to stay without showing any signs of fading for a long time to come." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dislike the name Betty. Why anyone would shorten Elizabeth to Betty is beyond me." Nov. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Betty is an old fashioned name - short for Elizabeth of course - in the 1950s, 60s and 70s there were LOTS of Bettys or Betsys around. It's become quite rare now - all the Bettys I know are well over 50 years old!" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Whenever I think of the name Betty, there is Betty Grable, World War II pin-up, and two fictional soap characters in the UK - Betty Turpin in 'Coronation Street' and Betty Eagleton in 'Emmerdale' (formerly 'Emmerdale Farm'). There is also Frank Spencer's long-suffering wife of this name in the Seventies sitcom 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'." Jan. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom's nickname is betty, taken from elizabeth. it's kind of annoying, though, when people associate "betty" to "betty boop"" Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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