Libby Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Libby:
Pet form of Elizabeth, which is derived from the Hebrew elīsheba' (God is my oath). The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Libby: | Edit
Libby does not necessarily have to be a nickname, it can be used as a given first name. Libby is sometimes a last name, too.
Libby is rapidly rising in popularity as a first name on its own merit in England.
Libby is also a diminutive of any name with Belle or Bella (i.e. Isabel, Isabella, Isabelle, Bella, Belle, Arabella)
- Personal experiences with the name Libby: | Edit
My name is Elizabeth, but has always been shortened to Libby (my Mum has always said she doesn't know were that came from though). I have been mistaken for Liberty before, which whist it is a pretty name, 'tis not mine! As a child I only ever vaguely knew one child named Libby, which was her birth name and not a shortened name. In 22 years I have only met a few people named Libby, so it is safe to say it is not a very common name! I've always found it less feminine than Elizabeth, but that is just my opinion!
My name is Libby! Growing up, I knew several other Libbys, and yet most people I met didn't know any others. So we always joked that Libby's have a way of finding each other. I've always liked the name, though as a kid I was frustrated that I couldn't find tourist keychains & the like with them on it. Other than that, it's a fun & perky name. Though, be prepared (if your full name is Elizabeth) to constantly have to correct teachers & other people with formal paperwork who will want to default to "Liz". But that's not much of an issue.
My best friend's name is Libby. I love this name, when she just likes the uniqueness. When she was younger, she used to get mad when people called her Liberty. She doesn't like Liberty, neither do I. So if you want to use the nick-name Libby, have the real name Elizabeth! :)
My dog's name is Libby, short for Liberty.
My name is Elizabeth, but I went by Libby for the first 14 years of my life and I still use it with my family and close friends. I noticed more and more close to the time I started introducing myself as Elizabeth people had trouble hearing it, especially with food and take out orders. I was a Lebby, Libbie, Livvy etc and it was really irritating. I have only met one other person who went by Libby, but I only talked to her once. Lately, I have found some people via YouTube with the screen name Libby.....
- Nicknames for Libby: | Edit
Lib, Libs, Libster, Libby Loo, Liberty.
- Meanings and history of the name Libby: | Edit
Traditionally, Libby is an English short form of Elizabeth or Elisabeth, meaning "God's promise". It can also be short for Isabel, Liberty, Lydia, Libertad, and Olivia. Increasingly, it is being used as an independent name, especially in England.
From the Hebrew root "lev", meaning beloved.
- Famous real-life people named Libby: | Edit
Libby Beaman, diarist and first non-native American woman to travel to the Alaskan Pribilof Islands
Libby Holman, American singer
Libby Koponen, American children's writer
Libby Potter, British reporter
Libby Purves, English journalist, author and radio personality
Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod Dog Sleg Race
Libby Tanner, Australian actress
Libby Titus, singer, songwriter, actress and concert producer
- Libby in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Libby", song by Carly Simon
Libby, a character in the film "SUPER"
Libby Chessler, character in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"
Libby Folfax, character in "Jimmy Neutron"
Libby McCall, character in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's "Libby on Wednesday"
Libby Mollison, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy"
Libby Smith, character in ABC's "Lost"
Libby Day, character in Gillian Flynn's Dark Places