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Could Bethany be shortened to Betsy / Betty?

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Rockaby Sun 26-Mar-17 21:20:23

I love the name Elizabeth and all it's possible shortenings, but it is the name of the OW, who had an affair and is now together with one of my relatives (not my marriage).

I also really like Bethany, but wonder if it could also be shortened to Betsy / Betty or not.

Sofiatheworst Sun 26-Mar-17 21:25:41

I know a Bethany that's shortened to Betty so yes it can be done. Although Beth is beautiful too.

Rockaby Sun 26-Mar-17 21:31:23

Thanks, I like Beth and also there is the added bonus of potential nn Annie which is also nice.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 26-Mar-17 22:00:15

Betsy is so cute !

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sun 26-Mar-17 22:04:18

Betsy is a lovely name. There's a beautiful little Betsy at DS's school. I think she's actually Elizabeth but is known only as Betsy, so could just as easily be Bethany for her full name.

user1490522234 Sun 26-Mar-17 22:04:30

Yes why not

1horatio Sun 26-Mar-17 22:10:08

I like Beth (not a fan of Betsy, tbh).

Yes, I think it can smile

standingupforitanywhere Sun 26-Mar-17 22:14:50

I know a Bethany shortened to Betty, too! Is yours auburn, Sofia?

Jooni Mon 27-Mar-17 07:33:53

Yes definitely!

lornathewizzard Mon 27-Mar-17 08:13:53

We have a Bethany and we use Bethy (just sorta happened and stuck) although DH does call her Betty sometimes in jest! She also gets Beth and Bethany, I like its variations. Dunno about Betsy tho tbh

Marcipex Mon 27-Mar-17 19:21:24

Yes, why not, I think it works well.

Watto1 Mon 27-Mar-17 19:23:35

Why don't you just have Betsy? My DS is just Alex. We weren't fussed on Alexander so had Alex on his birth certificate.

Crumbelina Mon 27-Mar-17 19:27:05

I have a Betty (Elizabeth on the birth certificate) and lots of people compliment me on her name. You have great taste! smile

I definitely think that Bethany could be shortened to Betty. I've also heard Beatrice shortened to Betty too.

originalbiglymavis Mon 27-Mar-17 19:28:59

I suppose it could be whatever you want (I like Bess myself). My name is a shortened-ish version of my full name (as mispronounced by my toddler big sister).

Rockaby Mon 27-Mar-17 19:30:06

Betsy is quite a particular style I think. Bethany has more options, if she didn't like Betsy when she was older. She could be Bethany, Beth, Betty, Betsy, Annie maybe.

Alex, I think is nice as a stand alone name btw. I feel the same way about Tom / Thomas (I prefer Tom on its own). Basically, I wouldn't insist on a longer version just for the hell of it iyswim. Some names are fine / better shorter.

Rockaby Mon 27-Mar-17 19:30:41

Oh forgot Bess! Thanks original.

Wonderpants Mon 27-Mar-17 19:32:03

How about Elspeth?

bobbinogs Mon 27-Mar-17 19:32:36

Or Bethan, pronounced Beth Anne , lovely Welsh name

Rockaby Mon 27-Mar-17 19:34:19

I love Elspeth! Bethan is nice too.

Watto1 Mon 27-Mar-17 19:36:09

Any Welsh blood OP? Betsan could be shortened to Betty or Betsy.

Rockaby Mon 27-Mar-17 19:37:33

Sadly not watto. Irish and very vaguely Scottish, I could claim a connection with, but not a drop of Welsh.

bobbinogs Mon 27-Mar-17 19:38:26

Oh yes Betsan is nice, Welsh blood here....!

JaneEyre70 Mon 27-Mar-17 19:41:16

We have a Bethany, though she's always been called Beth at school and now work. She gets called Betty by family though smile.

Tinnie88 Mon 27-Mar-17 19:55:32

Yes I think so. I love Betsy as a name one it's own too though, pretty but strong

JudgeJudySheidlin Mon 27-Mar-17 20:47:55

I know a Bethany who's name is always shortened to Beth. She's absolutely beautiful, intelligent & funny. I'm slightly biased though.

Yes Betsy or Betty could work too. The Bethany I know was known as Bethy when she was little.

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