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Gender: F Meaning of Bathsheba: "daughter of an oath" Origin of Bathsheba: Hebrew

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Popular with the Puritans, this name of the shrewd and beautiful wife of King David and daughter of King Solomon could be a bit of a load for a modern girl to carry.

Bathsheba is the name of the central character in the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

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Bathsheba, wife of King David and *mother* of King Solomon in the Hebrew Bible. One apex of the triangle in the scandalous story of David-Bathsheba-Uriah, she was the beautiful, shrewd and thoroughly unscrupulous wife of Uriah the Hittite, who became the mistress, and later the wife, of David [1 Samuel 12:24: "And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her, and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon, and the Lord loved him."]

Pop Culture References for the Name Bathsheba

Bathsheba Everdene, heroine of "Far from the Madding Crowd" (1874)
("Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins has noted: "Katniss Everdeen owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts.")
Prof. Bathsheda [sic] Babblings, Ancient Runes teacher at Hogwarts in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Bathsheba, witch in "The Conjuring" (2013 horror film)
Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone, full name of the outrageous Patsy in the U.K. TV cult favorite "Absolutely Fabulous"

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