Beth Name Meaning & Origin

Beth

Pronunciation: BEHTH (key)

Origin of the name Beth:

Originally a short form of Elizabeth (God is my oath) and Bethany (house of figs), Beth is popularly bestowed as an independent given name and as a name element in compound names such as Mary-Beth or Laura-Beth.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Beth: | Edit

A VERY simple name (but an amazing one - let's admit it)

My full name is Elizabeth, but I've always gone by Beth. As a child, I loved my name because I was always the only Beth in my class and usually the school. I did meet a few adults named Beth growing up, but rarely (in fact, only once) did I encounter a Beth in my own age bracket. I still don't run into any Beths my age, and I like that! It's easy to spell, recognizable, and surprisingly unique. As an adult, I still love my name!

My first name is Alyssa and my middle name is Beth. Alyssa Beth, is sounds like Elizabeth but my parents did that on purpose

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Everyone assumes my real name is Elizabeth or Bethany, I don't mind

Came across a little girl called Beth Renée and I think her name is gorgeous

Nicknames for Beth: | Edit

Bethy
Betty
Betsy
Bethie
Bessie

Meanings and history of the name Beth: | Edit

Beth has roots in Elizabeth (the Anglicized version of the Hebrew name Elisheva) and Bethany (the Anglicized version of the Aramaic town Bethania). Bethany/Bethania breaks down to "beit" (house) and "ania" (dates, figs, or misery, depending on the source consulted). Elizabeth/Elisheva breaks down to "eli" (my god) and "sheva" (oath).

So Beth means "house" (from the Hebrew "beit") but you can stretch a point and decide it's derived from "sheva" and means "oath."

Famous real-life people named Beth: | Edit

Beth Ditto, singer with the indie-rock band The Gossip.
Beth Phoenix, professional wrestler.

Beth in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Beth" a ballad by Kiss
Beth March, sister of Jo, Meg, and Amy in Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women." She is known for her sweet, gentle, selfless temperament, and her tragic early death.
Beth, child of Noah Puckerman and Quinn Fabray on Glee.
Beth Jarrett, mother of Conrad in both the novel and film of "Ordinary People", played by Mary Tyler Moore in the movie.
Beth Greene, daughter of Hershel Greene in the zombie series The Walking Dead, played by Emily Kinney.
Beth, a character on ABC's Modern Family

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