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Bethea (F)>

Bethea (female)

Pet Name for:Elizabeth (F)
Can be spelt:Bethia (F)
Personal communication [LP]

Scottish pet name for Elizabeth [q.v.], from an ancient Hebrew name meaning "oath of God".

A correspondent [LP], commenting on the plethora of pet names for her own name, Elizabeth, sent the following anecdote:

  • "My Gran used to tell me this old saying:

    'Elizabeth, Betsy, Betty & Bess, went out to seek a bird's nest. Which one got it?'

    "It took me an age to realise that we were all the same people! I also got called Beth or Bethea. I was a very confused child!"