Betty originated as a nickname for Elizabeth, the English form of Ancient Greek Elisabet, a transliteration of Hebrew Elisheva. It’s composed of Hebrew el אֵל (god), which derives from Proto-Semitic *’il-(god, deity) and sh’ba שְׁבוּעָה (oath).
In the Bible, Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, the wife of Zachariah.
Origin: Proto-Semitic, Hebrew
Meaning: “god is an oath” or “god is my oath”
- Bettie (English)
- Betti (English)
- Bette (English)
- Elizabeth (English)
- Elisabeth (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
- Elsabeth (English)
- Elyzabeth (English)
- Elisabet (Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish)
- Elisheva (Hebrew)
- Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, English)
- Isabella (Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian, English)