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

Bathsheba Origin and Meaning

The name Bathsheba is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "daughter of an oath".

Popular with the Puritans, this name of the shrewd and beautiful wife of King David and mother 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 and there's a Harry Potter character named Bathsheba Babbling, Ancient Runes professor at Hogwarts.

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Pop Culture References for the name Bathsheba

Bethsheba, Bathsua, Bathseva, Bat-Sheva, Batsheba, Sheva, Bethsabee, Bathshua, Bat-Sheba, Batsheva, Batshua, Sheba, Batya


marlena1300 Says:


I agree with Nameberry. Bathsheba would be a very difficult name for a girl to carry in the modern age. Sheba is a lovely, more modern sounding name and far prettier than the whacky Bathsheba!

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I do like this name. Mainly because of Far From the Maddinf Crowd, but I think its a bit more usable in the middle spot. Otherwise it would maybe be hard to get over the "bath" jokes.

Scorpio Says:


It's so ugly, but I love it so much.

snowsbeloved Says:


Uhhh, she was the MOTHER of King Solomon, not the daughter. Info makes it sound like King David married his granddaughter...gross.

Daiseymae Says:


My boyfriend had a dog named Bathsheba. I always laughed when he was going to give Sheba a bath. Cute dog though.

morning_glory Says:


This is beautiful. The sounds are mellifluous and lyrical, it has a great meaning, literary connections, nice nickname options. I can understand however that it's not everyone's cup of tea. (Though really, if Delilah [with a much more negative namesake] can make it, why not Bathsheba?)

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snowsbeloved Says:


Technically it was Herodias who demanded John's head. (She hated John the Baptist because she condemned her adulterous affair with King Herod, who was her brother-in-law). Salome was her daughter who asked Herodias for advice on what to ask King Herod for after she impressed him with her dancing skills.

snowsbeloved Says:


Uhhh, she was the MOTHER of King Solomon not the daughter.

Impwood Says:


I tend to like "ugly" names, it seems. I probably wouldn't use this, but it has beauty and history. And there's Sheba as a nickname!

Luísa Says:


Awesome name. Though, I wouldn't spell this way, maybe Batsheba or Batsheva...

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Sorry, but this reminds me of a bath.

Zelliew Says:


Oops !

beeba Says:


That was Salome. Bathsheba was the one who had an affair with King David.

headintheclouds Says:


Very glad that this name has faded into the shadows. Just hearing "Bathsheba" makes me shudder. I don't see this becoming more popular anytime soon, although who knows what the naming trends will be within the next two generations, or even the next generation?

Zelliew Says:


And not a pleasant association -She demanded St John the Baptist's head on a platter

tracyseymour1 Says:


Umm... No! Ugly, ugly, ugly!

breanna1995 Says:


This is way too The Conjuring for me.

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rie Says:


Agree. Plus I prefer Sheba or Sheena anyhow.

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Minzie Says:


This is too much of a burden for a modern child. If it has to be this name, how about naming your baby one of its lighter variants (Batya, Sheba) instead?

Nicole4383 Says:


This name is horrible. It was the name of the creepy dead witch in The Conjuring. The name just has an ugly/evil sound to it.

ldougie Says:


The word "Bath" really stands out to me in this name.

beeba Says:


Bathsheba is such a cool name. I don't know if I could ever use it though.

MaryKathryn Says:


This is the name from one of my favorite parables, though I could not see this on a child.