Quick Facts on Libby
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God is my oath; God's promise
Etymology & Historical Origin - Libby
Libby originally arose from a child’s mispronunciation of Elizabeth and eventually became an independently given name in its own right. It may have also developed from Ibb which was a medieval short form of Isabel (a name which is also derived from Elizabeth). The name Elizabeth in its various linguistic forms has been around since the Middle Ages, mainly popularized by the French (using the spelling Élisabeth) in honor of Elisabeth from the New Testament (Luke 1:5-80). Elisabeth was the wife of Zachariah and the mother of John the Baptist (for more information on Elisabeth’s biblical significance, please see the name Elisabeth). The name is essentially Greek (Elisabet) from the Hebrew (Elisheva) meaning “God is my oath.” The biblical Elisabeth was the inspiration behind the usage of her name in Europe during the Middle Ages. Further cementing the popularity of this name were two much admired medieval saints: Elizabeth of Hungary and Elizabeth of Portugal. The favorable endurance of Elizabeth is rivaled only by Mary, Margaret and Catherine. Such long-lasting and enormously popular female names have spawned scores of variations and pet forms. Libby is an example of the many short forms which have developed over time from Elizabeth. Others include: Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Bette, Betty, Buffy, Eliza, Ella, Ellie, Elsa, Elsie, Elyse, Libbie, Liddy, Lisa, Liz, Liza, Lizbeth, Lizette and Lizzie. And that’s just a partial list! Surprisingly Libby is a Top 100 favorite name in England right now.
Popularity of the Name Libby
Libby did appear on the American charts as an independently given name during the late 19th century although her position was low and barely detectable. Even as she took hold of the charts in the first half of the 20th century, her usage was still only sporadic at best. The name finally dropped off the charts completely in the early 1970s and only recently reappeared this century (although still rarely used). Never super popular as a stand-alone name, most American parents opt for Elizabeth as the birth name and then use Libby (or other such pet forms) as nicknames instead. This obviously allows for more flexibility as the child grows older. While we agree that Libby is a cute choice, Elizabeth is a name that keeps on giving (while Libby is more restrictive when it comes to options). Regardless, Libby is an upbeat, bubbly, unpretentious and friendly name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Libby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Libby
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Libby
Libby We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Libby.
Popular Songs on Libby
Libby - a song by Carly Simon
Libby I'm Listening - a song by Blue October
Children's Books on the Baby Name Libby
Adventures of Libby Nickel: What's your Mommy's First Name? (Rachel August) - Libby learns that her Mommy's name is not just Mommy. Come on Libby Nickel's journey as she discovers her Mommy's first name. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Libby Bloom (Susan Rowan Masters) - Libby Bloom wishes she could be as smart and talented as her practically perfect sister. But Libby's only talent seems to be embarrassing herself. So she's horrified when, after causing a scene during chorus, she's switched to band class. Even worse, Mr. Cheney, the band teacher, assigns her to play the tuba-not exactly a low-profile instrument! Lessons with the perceptive Mr. Cheney, however, are about more than just music. Soon Libby learns that she can do something well-something that might even help save her school. Clumsy but determined, Libby Bloom is a character whose hilarious embarrassments, wishes, and triumphs readers will recognize all too well. Beata Szpura's funky illustrations add to the humor of the story of one unforgettable fourth-grader. Recommended for ages 6-10.
Libby of High Hopes (Elise Primavera) - It takes meeting the horse of her dreams for Libby Thump to finally live up to her potential in this chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera.
Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog Margaret and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride like a real horsewoman. But when her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister instead, Libby is beside herself. Libby’s mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her “boy crazy phase”—and she also wants Libby to be “more girly,” like Brittany. But Libby just wants to be herself. With charismatic optimism and determination, Libby hopes she can talk her parents into seeing her perspective. And in the meantime, at least she can visit the stables and see her favorite horse, Princess….This all-new series featuring text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, will appeal to anyone interested in horses—or who knows the value of having a good friend. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Libby on Wednesday (Zilpha Keatley Snyder) - Libby is sent to public school to be "socialized" after years of being educated at home. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Libby's Got the Beat (Robert Rayner) - Fans of "Canadian Idol", "Camp Rock", and "High School Musical" will delight in reading this super funny story of eleven-year-old Libby Meek and her plans for superstardom! The only thing standing in Libby's way is her school's low provincial test results. With all extra-curricular activities put on hold so the students can retake the test, Libby and her friends set out to prove the value of staging a concert by applying real-life situations to classroom learning. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Famous People Named Libby
Famous People Named Libby - Libby Riddles (first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race)
Children of Famous People Named Libby
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Libby - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Libby.
Libby - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Libby - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Libby.
Personality of the Girl Name Libby
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Libby