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Gender: female
Pronunciation: BETH-ah-nee
Meaning: house of figs
Related Names: Ann, Betana, Beth, Bethahnva, Bethan, Bethane, Bethanee, Bethaney, Bethani, Bethania, Bethanie, Bethann, Bethanne, Bethanney, Bethannie, Betheney, Bethenie, Betheny, Bethia, Bethney, Bethuna, Bethune, Brittany, Devany

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 203


Name: bethany Origin: Hebrew,, Meaning (no case): house of figs



The name Bethany comes from the Hebrew name "beth te'ena," with "beth" meaning "the house" and "te'ena" meaning "the fig."[1]

In the Bible, Bethany is the name of a village located approximately two miles from the city of Jerusalem on the slope of the Mount of Olives. Bethany was the site of many events of the New Testament, such as when Jesus healed Simon the Leper, when He raised Lazarus from the dead, and when His feet were anointed with expensive perfume.[1] It is also the place where preparations were made for Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion.[1]


Although its popularity is gradually waning, the name Bethany has ranked in the top 1000 names for girls since 1949. According to the Social Security Administration, from 1983 through 1988 it ranked in the top 100 names for girls.[1] It's especially popular in Christian societies, ranking in the top 50 names for girls in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.[1] It is also a favorite name of Roman Catholics, used in honor of Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.[1]

  • 2007: Rank = 292
  • 2006: Rank = 244
  • 2005: Rank = 227
  • 2004: Rank = 207
  • 2003: Rank = 205
  • 2002: Rank = 178
  • 2001: Rank = 158
  • 2000: Rank = 151
  • 1999: Rank = 140


Seventeen states in the United States feature a city named Bethany: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.


  • Bethany - character in the film Perfect Stranger
  • Bethany Sloane - character in the film Dogma
  • Bethany Cabe - character in Marvel Comics
  • Bethany Platt - character on the British soap opera Coronation Street




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Author: Samantha Bell

Facts about BethanyRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 7  +
Meaning house of figs  +
Meaningnc house of figs  +
Name bethany  +
Origin Hebrew  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation BETH-ah-nee  +
Rank in 2000s 203  +
Related Ann  +, Betana  +, Beth  +, Bethahnva  +, Bethan  +, Bethane  +, Bethanee  +, Bethaney  +, Bethani  +, Bethania  +, Bethanie  +, Bethann  +, Bethanne  +, Bethanney  +, Bethannie  +, Betheney  +, Bethenie  +, Betheny  +, Bethia  +, Bethney  +, Bethuna  +, Bethune  +, Brittany  +, and Devany  +
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