What does Bethany mean?
Bethany /beth-any/ 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.
(female) Bethna, Bethne, ..
(male) Bethley, Bethni, ..
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)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Bethany for girls. 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 #393. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Bethany and related names. Brittany (#456 via latest list), Ann (#945), Britany, Bethzy, Bethann, Beth, Bethan, Bethanie and Bethanne are the popular related forms of Bethany (#393 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.
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.