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”

Usage: English



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  • Betti (English)
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  • Elizabeth (English)
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