Betsey

August 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

ORIGIN:
Alternate spelling of “Betsy” or “Betsie”, diminutive of “Elizabeth“, meaning “oath of God”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Betsy, Bette, Beth, Bette, Bettie, Betty, Buffy, Elspet, Elspeth, Pet, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Miss Betsey Colishaw, who won’t sell her antiques to the boorish rich ladies who wish to buy them, in A Little Country Girl (1885), by Susan Coolidge.

AUTHORS:
– Betsey Guppy Chamberlain (c. 1797-1886), Native American writer and poet.
– Betsey Wynne (1778-1857), English diarist.

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