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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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