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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 girl names Bethia and Devany.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bethany name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ann, Beth, Bethany, Brittany in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bethany is also pronounced similarly to Bethuna. Other suggested similar baby names are Bethan, Bethune and Betiana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bethany.