How did Bette Davis get her name?

Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis.

Ruth was known from early childhood as "Betty" and her younger sister, Barbara Harriet as "Bobby". In 1915, Davis' parents separated and Betty and Bobby attended a Spartan boarding school called Crestalban in Lanesborough, which is located in the Berkshires.Sikov.

In 1921, Ruth Davis moved to New York City with her daughters, where she worked as a portrait photographer. It was during that time that Betty changed the spelling of her name to "Bette" after Honoré de Balzac's La Cousine Bette.