BETHANY
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: BETH-ə-nee (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the name of a biblical town, possibly derived from Hebrew בֵּית־תְּאֵנָה (beit-te'enah) meaning "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany was the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Bethanie, Bethney (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Beth (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Bethania (Biblical Greek), Bethania (Biblical Latin), Bethania (Spanish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #389 
England/Wales  ranked #73 
Australia (NSW)  - 
Northern Ireland  ranked #61 
Scotland  ranked #79