What does Bethany mean?
Bethany \b(e)-tha-ny\ 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.
Bethany has 27 more different forms via Ann, Beth, Brittany: Bet, Bethan, Bretny, Bretta, Bretteny, Brettiney, Brettney, Britani, Britanny, Britany▼, Briteny, Britny, Brittainy, Brittamy, Brittan, Brittana, Brittane, Brittaney▼, Brittani▼, Brittann, Britteny, Brittiany, Brittiny, Brittny▼, Brittony, Bryttani and Bryttany.
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 popularity of Bethany for girls. Bethany was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #98 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 a year ago), Ann (#945), Brittani, Brittny, Brittaney, Britany, Beth, Bethan and Britny are the popular related forms of Bethany (#393 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex in 1990 (usage of 0.5527%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1206%, down 78.2%), with versions like Ann, Beth, Britany, Brittny and Brittani falling out of fashion. Brittany (#456) and Bethany (#393) are two of the more trendy birth names in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)