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SilkStalkings Tue 25-Sep-12 20:40:18

Is this a real name? A plant or something?
If one liked Betty but wanted a Sunday Best name and preferred nicknames to start with the same sound as the real name so Elizabeth was out...

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 25-Sep-12 20:42:25

I think it's a real name, although Bethany is more popular. I also think it's a plant grin BTW I love it

SilkStalkings Tue 25-Sep-12 20:44:50

Bethany is out because of 14yr old Sarah-Louise in Corrie calling her baby that!

johnnycomelurky Tue 25-Sep-12 20:45:32

This may out me but it was my Grandmother's maiden name and her first name was ... Betty.

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CouldYouPleaseCallMeCordelia Tue 25-Sep-12 21:30:24

I like it, but many will mistake it for Birttany

capedcrusader25 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:38:49

It's a surname, well I know it is a surname anyway (best friend's). I've never seen it as a first name!

capedcrusader25 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:40:23

Know it as not is!

squoosh Tue 25-Sep-12 21:41:07

Paul Bettany - the actor

Madge and Joey Bettany - famed educators of English gels in the Alps.

I've never heard it as a first name. People will hear Bethany. I love Betty though.

HollaAtMeBaby Tue 25-Sep-12 21:41:37

It's a real surname. Not a first name. How about Bettina?

scaevola Tue 25-Sep-12 21:44:13

It's a transferred surname. I'm afraid I thought first of the traitor Michael Bettany.

But there is also the historian Bettany Hughes.

YouMayLogOut Tue 25-Sep-12 22:13:22

I think people will mis-hear it as Bethany (which is a lovely classic Biblical name).

How about Beatrice with Betty as nn? Obviously it's usually nn for Elizabeth and I don't usually go for contrived nicknames which aren't really related to the longer name. But apparently (see here) in the 17th century Betty was used occasionally as a pet form of Beatrice.

ViviPru Wed 26-Sep-12 08:58:59

Lilibet? Betsan?

SilkStalkings Wed 26-Sep-12 10:45:20

Ah Bettany Hughes! Knew I'd seen/heard it somewhere.

SilkStalkings Wed 26-Sep-12 10:46:03

Oh and I'm told that the plant I was thinking of is Dittany which would also make quite a cute name.

DancehallDaze Wed 26-Sep-12 20:45:08

No, it is a flower but it's spelt Betony see here

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