Beth began as a diminutive of Elizabeth in England. Though once a top 100 name in America, it is no longer a top 1,000 name. Elizabeth, the fuller version, however, remains a top 20 name even in 2020 at rank 16.

Meaning of the name Beth:

English: pledged to God, God is my oath

Origin of the name Beth:

Beth originated as a nickname for Elizabeth in Old England. Elizabeth came from the Hebrew name Elisheva that directly translated to “God is my oath.” Some state, however, that Beth is short for the name Bethany.

Symbolism of the name Beth:

Beth means “pledged to God” and “God is my oath” because of the name Elizabeth since Beth is a shortened form. Elizabeth comes from the Hebrew words “el” and “shava.” “El” means God, while “shava” means “oath.”

Style of the name Beth:


Gender of the name Beth:

Beth is a simple and cute name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Beth:


Number of syllables in the name Beth:


Emotion evoked from the name Beth:

Beth is a natural and kind-hearted baby name. It has the right amount of simplicity and informality.

Alternative spellings for the name Beth:

  • Bethh
  • Bethe

Nicknames for the name Beth:

  • Bee
  • Bet
  • Bethie
  • Bethi
  • Bethey
  • Bethy
  • Bettie
  • Betty 

Popularity of the name Beth:

Beth remained a top 1,000 baby name in America until 1997 at rank 857. The name was a top 100 option from 1958 to 1971 and again in 1977, so it declined quickly. The highest Beth ever ranked was in 1964 and 1966 at rank 65.

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Famous people with the name Beth:

  • Beth Behrs (actress, “2 Broke Girls”)
  • Beth Riesgraf (actress, “Leverage”)
  • Beth Herr (tennis player)
  • Beth McCarthy (singer)
  • Beth McCord (author, “Becoming Us”)
  • Beth Stolarczyk (reality TV star, “The Real World”)
  • Beth Williams (model)

Beths in popular culture:

  • Beth Latimer (character from “Broadchurch”)
  • Beth Corcoran (character from “Glee”)
  • Beth (character from “Sally”)
  • Beth March (character from “Little Women”)
  • Beth Greene (character from “The Walking Dead”)
  • Beth Kingston (character from “Chasing Life”)
  • Beth Smith (character from “Rick and Morty”)