Birth Name: Baciliky Andris Cantrell
Place of Birth: Warner Robins, Georgia, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 1, 1994
*German, English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch (father)
Betty Cantrell is an American beauty pageant titleholder. She was named Miss America 2016.
Betty is the daughter of Anastasia and Michael “Mike” Cantrell. Her name, “Baciliky”, comes from the Greek word “Βασιλική” (pronounced “Vasiliki”), and means “royalty”.
She has stated:
My mother’s mother was named Vasiliki, and her American nickname was Betty. My mom said that when she had a daughter she would name her Vasiliki and call her Betty, so here I am.
One of Betty’s paternal great-grandfathers was an opera singer in his native Germany.
Betty’s paternal grandparents are Boyd Theodore Cantrell, Jr. (the son of Boyd T. Cantrell and Willie Woods) and Lieselotte/Lottie Rose Wutzer.
Betty’s paternal grandfather, Boyd Theodore Cantrell, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Betty’s paternal great-grandparents, Boyd T. Cantrell and Willie Woods – https://familysearch.org
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