The name Bethany is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "house of figs". Bethany is ranked #501 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Biblical Place Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".
From the experts:
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.