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From Bess to Beth and Eliza to Lizzie, the name Elizabeth has influenced dozens of nicknames that have gone on to become given names in their own right. One of the most popular is Libby. It's more common in Europe than it is in the United States, but it has been a top 1,000 baby name on and off since the early 20th century. It's cute without being too silly and would make a great choice for your little girl.

Meaning of the name Libby:

Hebrew: God is my oath, pledged to God or God's promise

Origin of the name Libby:

Libby is derived from the Hebrew name Elizabeth, which is found in the New Testament of the Bible.

Symbolism of the name Libby:

In the Bible, Elizabeth was the wife of Zachariah and the mother of John the Baptist. The story goes that Elizabeth wanted a child but she was beyond child-bearing age. However, because of God's promise, she gave birth to John the Baptist at the ripe old age of 88. She is now considered the Catholic saint of pregnant women, so Libby may symbolize motherhood.

Baby name Libby

Style of the name Libby:

Traditional

Gender of the name Libby:

Libby is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Libby:

LIB-bee

Number of syllables in the name Libby:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Libby:

The baby name Libby can be both bubbly and sultry and often evokes images of someone who is adventurous and fun-loving.

Alternative spellings for the name Libby:

  • Libbie
  • Libbey
  • Libbeigh
  • Lybby
  • Libbi

Nicknames for the name Libby:

  • Lib
  • Lulu

Popularity of the name Libby:

Libby was a top 1,000 baby name from 1900 to 1976, but it made a comeback in 2002. It was last on the list in 2019, ranking at number 1,000, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Libby:

Great middle names for Libby and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Libby:

  • Libby Fischer Hellmann (author)
  • Libby Hickman (Olympic runner)
  • Libby Munro (actress)
  • Libby Potter (reporter)
  • Libby Hyman (writer and zoologist)
  • Libby Riddles (first woman to win the Iditarod)

Libbys in popular culture:

  • Libby (character from the TV show “Lost”)
  • Libby (character from the movie “The Good Dinosaur”)
  • Libby Chessler (character from the TV show “Sabrian the Teenage Witch”)
  • Libby Fox (character from the TV show “EastEnders”)
  • Libby Lawrence (character from the DC Comics Universe)