brown betty.
a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Bloomer (“Betty”) 1918–2011, U.S. First Lady 1974–77 (wife of Gerald R. Ford).
Ford Madox
[mad-uh ks] /ˈmæd əks/ (Show IPA), (Ford Madox Hueffer) 1873–1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor.
Gerald R(udolph, Jr.) (Leslie Lynch King, Jr) 1913–2006, U.S. political leader: congressman 1948–73; vice president 1973–74; 38th president of the U.S. 1974–77.
Guy Stanton, 1873–1963, U.S. historian, educator, and editor.
Henry, 1863–1947, U.S. automobile manufacturer.
John, 1586?–c1640, English playwright.
John (Sean O’Feeney) 1895–1973, U.S. film director.
a male given name.
Ben Ames
[eymz] /eɪmz/ (Show IPA), 1889–1953, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Bert (Egbert Austin Williams) 1876?–1922, U.S. comedian and songwriter.
Charles Melvin (Cootie) 1910–85, U.S. jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Daniel Hale, 1858–1931, U.S. surgeon and educator: performed first successful heart surgery 1893.
Elizabeth (“Betty”) born 1943, Northern Irish peace activist: Nobel prize 1976.
[em-lin] /ˈɛm lɪn/ (Show IPA), 1905–87, Welsh playwright and actor.
Eric Eustace, 1911–81, Trinidadian politician: first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago 1962–81.
G. Mennen
[men-uh n] /ˈmɛn ən/ (Show IPA), 1911–88, U.S. politician and diplomat.
Hank, 1923–53, U.S. country-and-western singer, musician, and composer.
John Towner, born 1932, U.S. composer and conductor.
Ralph Vaughan, Vaughan Williams, Ralph.
Roger, 1603?–83, English clergyman in America: founder of Rhode Island colony 1636.
Serena, born 1981, U.S. tennis player (sister of Venus Williams).
Tennessee (Thomas Lanier Williams) 1911–83, U.S. dramatist.
Theodore Samuel (“Ted”) 1918–2002, U.S. baseball player.
Venus, born 1980, U.S. tennis player (sister of Serena Williams).
William, 1731–1811, U.S. merchant and revolutionary statesman.
William Carlos
[kahr-lohs] /ˈkɑr loʊs/ (Show IPA), 1883–1963, U.S. poet and novelist.
Contemporary Examples

Malcolm Shabazz and Malcolm X: The Honor and Burden of Being a Namesake Allison Samuels May 11, 2013
A Mother’s Struggles with Her Teen Hannah Seligson September 7, 2010
The Johnson Family Tears Barbara Goldsmith January 6, 2010
A Wal-Mart Worker’s Horror Story Liza Featherstone April 26, 2010
Archie Comics Character Comes Out Barbara Spindel August 29, 2010

Historical Examples

A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
Betty’s Happy Year Carolyn Wells
Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
Betty Gordon in Washington Alice B. Emerson

Hank, real name Hiram Williams. 1923–53, US country singer and songwriter. His songs (all 1948–52) include “Jambalaya”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, and “Why Don’t you Love me (like you Used to Do?)”
John. born 1941, Australian classical guitarist, living in Britain
John (Towner). born 1932, US composer of film music; his scores include those for Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), E.T. (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Ralph Vaughan. See (Ralph) Vaughan Williams
Raymond (Henry). 1921–88, British literary critic and novelist, noted esp for such works as Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1961), which offer a socialist analysis of the relationship between society and culture
Robbie, full name Robert Peter Williams. born 1974, British pop singer and songwriter. A member of Take That (1990–95; and from 2010), he found solo success with “Angels” (1997) and the albums Life Thru a Lens (1997), Swing When You’re Winning (2001), and Escapology (2002)
Robin (McLaurim). born 1951, US film actor and comedian; films include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets’ Society (1989), Mrs Doubtfire (1993), and Insomnia (2002)
Rowan (Douglas). Baron. born 1950, Archbishop of Canterbury (2002–2012); Archbishop of Wales (2000–02)
Serena. born 1981, US tennis player, sister of Venus Williams: since 1999 she has won sixteen Grand Slam singles titles, including the Australian Open five times, Wimbledon five times, and the US Open four times
Tennessee, real name Thomas Lanier Williams. 1911–83, US dramatist. His plays include The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Night of the Iguana (1961)
Venus. born 1980, US tennis player: winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon five times (2000–01, 2005, 2007–08); with her sister Serena she has won thirteen Grand Slam doubles titles
William Carlos (ˈkɑːləs). 1883–1963, US poet, who formulated the poetic concept “no ideas but in things”. His works include Paterson (1946–58), which explores the daily life of a man living in a modern city, and the prose work In the American Grain (1925)
a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc
(transitive) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area
Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer. 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade’s End (1924–28).
GeraldR(udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
Harrison. born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
Henry. 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
John. 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (1633)
John, real name Sean O’Feeney. 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

A pretty girl, esp one regarded as sexually biddable; beddy: Betty …A beautiful woman
An eccentric person; freak

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