Gender: Female Meaning of Bethany: "house of figs" Origin of Bethany: Biblical place name and Hebrew Bethany's Popularity in 2019: #560

Bethany Origin and Meaning

The name Bethany is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "house of figs".

Bethany is a lyrical name that still strikes many parents as a fresher, more substantial substitute for the overused Brittany/Brittney or the more antiquated Beth.

In the New Testament, Bethany is the name of a village just outside Jerusalem where Jesus stayed during Holy Week. Mary of Bethany was the sister of Martha and Lazarus.

A spelling variation was introduced by Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel.

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Rank in US: #560

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bethlena Says:


Bethany is my name. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. My mum loved the name and chose it because it was uncommon in the year I was born (1995), but as soon as I started school, there were three other Bethanys in my class. I hated forever being called "Bethany B" by everybody (The others were Bethany H, Bethany T, and Bethany G). Because I had such a common name growing up, I would prefer to give my own children much less common names (but not too strange a name, of course!). Because my mum loved it, that means a lot to me, but I dislike it being shortened to Beth. These days, however, I have been told that Bethany is much less common than it was ten/fifteen years ago.

The teasing that I experienced was being called Beth-Fanny. I hated that!

bethlena Says:


Me too, a Bethany with the nickname Betty.

headintheclouds Says:


An acquaintance recently named their daughter Bethany, which made me wonder about just how often I hear of the name, which is not very often at all! Bethany strikes me as a name that has been in wide usage for a long time and one that everybody knows-- I know a friend's boomer-mom, a couple of adult friends my age, a young teen and now baby named Bethany-- but one that has never been all that crazy-popular. This would be a solid name choice for parents who want a traditional name that is neither ubiquitous nor out of fashion.

Personally, Bethany isn't really my style-- it embodies the same qualities as Sarah and Abigail to me, where I find them rather bland. It ultimately sounds too gentle to my ears, without the core backbone I find in other soft-feeling names like Irene and Miriam. I still find the nickname Beth lovely and sweet though.

Emje1130 Says:


I'm a Bethany and my nickname is Betty. My great-grandmother was Elizabeth so it was a nod to her.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Yes, or even Annie!

LV51sfan91 Says:


Bethany Hamilton! Nickname Beth is wonderful!

hermioneameliastyles Says:


This less common name is perfect for a little girl. I know a Bethany and it's just the right name for her.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Bethany sounds gentle, but with a certain strength to it. I can see this as being a great alternative to the overused Brittany. Not very common, but does not sound old fashioned either.

a Drop of Beauty Says:


But Beth is a nickname for Bethany. And if you call out "Beth!" both of your daughters will be on alert that you're calling them.

Craig Hill Says:


I love the name Bethany if I have 2 daughters one be Bethany other be Beth.

Zelliew Says:


I quite like Bethany. I can see it working for all ages & it has style

scblovesnames Says:


Bunny is cute, but only for family. I like Beth, even if is more common. I was thinking Ann is a stretch that could work with this name too.

scblovesnames Says:


5 month ago I wrote this is one of my MIL favorite names, and I quite liked it. I still like it. My husband does not. So we aren't going to use this name in either the first or middle slot.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Bunny could also be used as a nickname instead of the more common Beth.

SimoneKadele Says:


"House of figs"?? WHAT???

Analia Says:


name that has kind of grown on me a bit. Maybe because of Bethany Mota, who I think is absolutely adorable <3