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For other uses, see Betty (disambiguation).

Betty is a common diminutive for the names Elizabeth and Bethany.[1] In Latin America, it is also a common diminutive for the name Beatriz, Spanish form of the Latin name Beatrix and the English name Beatrice. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was more often a diminutive of Bethia.[2]

Actresses and musicians[edit]

Other people[edit]

  • Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete and Olympic champion
  • Betty Ford, former First Lady of the United States, wife of Gerald Ford
  • Betty Friedan, American feminist and author of The Feminine Mystique
  • Betty Gardner also known as Elizabeth (1927-1994), had parental custody of her two granddaughters at the time of her murder. She was strangled to death with a kite string by James Evans in her Saugerties, New York residence on December 28, 1994. James was the boyfriend of her then 13 year old granddaughter Gweneviere Gardner who is better known as "Wendy". James was convicted and sentenced to 9 years to life in prison. Wendy was also convicted and sentenced to almost 8 years in prison. She was paroled in the year 2004.
  • Betty Jackson, British fashion designer
  • Betty Linderoth, Swedish clockmaker
  • Betty Pariso, American IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights advocate, wife of Malcolm X
  • Betty Stöve, Dutch tennis player
  • Betty Williams, North Irish peace activist

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ "Betty- Girl l Baby Names, Name Meanings". BabyCenter LLC. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
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