Meaning and name origin
Bethany \b(e)-tha-ny\ as a girl's name is pronounced BETH-a-nee. It is of Hebrew origin. Possibly means "house of figs". Biblical: the name of the village near Jerusalem where Jesus stayed during Holy Week, before going on to Jerusalem and crucifixion. From the New Testament description of life in the house, the name has rather domestic, cozy connotations. The name is popular with Roman Catholics, being bestowed in honor of Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus. Also a variant on the combined form of Beth and Ann. Sounds like the popular Brittany.
Bethany is a very popular first name for females (#398 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30745 out of 88799, Top 35%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bethany for girls. Bethany reached its highest rank of #98 in the U.S. in 1980-1989 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bethany and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bethany (#393), Brittany (#456), Ann (#945) and Beth. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).