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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Nicknames for Beth

Bethy
Betty
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Meanings and history of the name Beth

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

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

Beth in song, story & screen

"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
Beth Smith (Nee Sanchez), a main character in Adult Swim's Rick and Morty.

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