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What does Bethany mean?

Bethany Pronunciation of Bethany [bethany] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: jerusalem (israeli), life, roman, combined (blend).


Bethany has 11 variants: Bethanee, Bethaney, Bethani, Bethanie, Bethann, Bethanne, Bethannie, Bethanny, Betheney, Betheny and Bethzy.

Affiliated girl names: Bethia and Devany.

5 more different relations via Ann, Beth, Brittany: Bethan, Bretny, Bretteny, Britany and Bryttany.

Creative forms:
(female) Bethna, Bethne, ..

(male) Bethley, Bethni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bethany Nalani (B.N.), ..

How popular is Bethany?

Bethany is a very prominent first name for females (#398 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#25398 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bethany was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #99 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is presently at #420. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bethany name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bethany outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Brittany (#460 via latest list), Ann (#893), Britany, Bethzy, Bethann, Beth, Bethan, Bethanie and Bethanne are the popular related forms of Bethany (#420 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Bretny, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Bethany reached its apex in 1990 (usage of 2.45%) and is now significantly diminished (usage 0.09%, 96%), with versions like Beth falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bethany, Ann, Beth, Bethanie, Bethann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bethanne, Bethzy, Britany, Brittany in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bethany, Beth, Bethan, Brittany outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bethany is pronounced similarly to Bethuna. Other recommended names are Anthony, Bebhinn, Benny, Berny, Bertha, Beta, Betha, Bethea, Bethel, Bethell, Bethie, Bethuel, Bethune, Bethy, Betia, Betiana, Betina, Betsan, Betsey, Betsy, Betta, Bettina, Bettine, Betty, Breehan, Brettany, Delany, Melany and Stephany. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bethany.

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