Bathsheba
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Its original Hebrew form is Batsheva (bat-shev-ah).
-- Miss Claire  12/5/2004
As is pointed out in the previous comment, BATHSHEBA is from the Hebrew, but is 2 words Bat-Sheva and not one as is stated.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2005
The French version of this name is Bethsabee (with an accent aigu [acute] on the second "e"). I think it's really pretty.
-- Sarah Charlotte  2/3/2005
Sheva in Hebrew means (the number) seven. The name BasSheva actually means (in grammaticaly correct Hebrew) the seventh daughter.
-- Shevs  8/4/2005
In Thomas Hardy's novel "Far from the Madding Crowd" the main female character is called Bathsheba Everdene. That's the only time I've ever heard it - I find this name stunning.
-- CnDh85  9/10/2006
Bathsheba Babbling is the name of the Ancient Runes professor at Hogwarts.

Bathsheba is also the name of one of the Silverwing elders in Kenneth Oppel's book Silverwing.
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2007
Also the name of one of the main characters in FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD.
-- lowcal historyan  12/3/2007
Choosing this name is a sure sign that you are very religious and have no taste whatsoever. This name certainly doesn't sound any good in any Western languages.
-- slight night shiver  4/20/2008
I do not agree with the first quote. I think that Bathsheba is very exotic. I don't like this name because it is religious, I like it for it's uniqueness and sound. I also think that the French version sounds good.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
I have a great-great-great-grandmother called this and have always thought it was a wonderful name, but our family have always pronounced it BATHsheba (Bath with a short a, like bat). The French Bethsabée is also very nice!
-- Pie  10/22/2008
The Spanish form of this name is Betsabé (pronounced bets-ah-bay in Spanish, closer to bets-ah-bee in English) and this is my name.
-- betsabe  8/31/2010
J. K. Rowling used this name in her short story, The Harry Potter Prequel:

‘Don’t get smart – you two are in a heap of trouble!’ snarled Anderson. ‘Names!’
‘Names?’ repeated the long-haired driver [Sirius Black]. ‘Er – well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce… Bathsheba… Elvendork…’
‘And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,’ said the boy in glasses [James Potter].
-- Anonymous User  4/6/2012
In Greenland is also the form Batseba currently in use by at least one person. It would also be the Danish pronunciation of the name.
-- Ane Kirstine Noerby  4/17/2013
It's not THAT extremely horrendous at all- "Sheba" is a nice nickname to have. :)
-- justsomegirl  4/20/2014
It reminds me of grooming a cat, like saying 'have a bath, Sheba!'
-- Hushpuppy  8/26/2014
The name is drawn from The Bible where the myth goes that 'Bathsheba' means 'a wife, mother, queen and an object of royal lust (or an object of male gaze)'.
-- Ishita Dey  3/24/2015

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