Given Name BETHANY

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: BETH-ə-nee (English)   [details]

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.

Categories

biblical places, Dragon Age characters
VARIANTS: Bethanie, Bethney (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Beth (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Bethania (Biblical Greek), Bethania (Biblical Latin), Betânia, Bethânia (Portuguese (Brazilian))
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
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2016
  England and Wales
2015
  Northern Ireland
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  Scotland
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