I was given the name Eliz­a­beth.  Every­one knows me as Beth. My Ital­ian father and Irish-English mother named me after Saint Eliz­a­beth. I was Bethy when I was young, but I have grown out of it. My older brother is the only one who can still call me Bethy and get away with it.

There are some recent acquain­tances who have taken to call­ing me Bethy and I don’t mind all that much.  Maybe because they are 10+ years older than I am. I guess from elders, it’s endear­ing.  From peers and oth­ers younger than myself, it’s … I don’t know … patron­iz­ing? At least, unpleasant.

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  • Eliz­a­beth may have more dif­fer­ent diminu­tives than any other given name. The Baby Name Net­work lists one hun­dred and twenty-five vari­ants for Eliz­a­beth, which may help explain the name’s con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity in the US since 1800.
    Any nick­name to which –i, –ie, or –y can be added becomes a dou­ble diminu­tive: ex: Deborah>Deb>Debby, Jane>Jan>Janie, or Susan>Sue>Susie. Names with dou­ble diminu­tives pro­vide the child with the inter­est­ing oppor­tu­nity of grow­ing out of a nick­name while retain­ing one. If you want to pro­vide your child with the pos­si­bil­ity of retain­ing a nick­name as a grown-up after giv­ing up her child­hood nick­name, con­sider names that have dou­ble diminutives.

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