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Bethany 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 has 10 variant forms: Bethanee, Bethaney, Bethani, Bethanie, Bethann, Bethanne, Bethannie, Bethanny, Betheney and Betheny.
For more information, see also related names Bethia and Devany.
Baby names that sound like Bethany are Bethan, Bethune and Bethuna.
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Popularity of Bethany
Bethany is a very popular first name for women (#398 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30745 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Bethany for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Bethany with its variant forms and related girl baby names.