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  1. #1
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    Bethany vs Beth debate with husband

    My husband and I have a boys name firmly chosen. When it comes to girls names though we CANNOT agree. Awhile ago, he had a dream that we chose the name Bethany for our daughter and has since decided that he really likes it... That is the first girl name he's had an opinion on. I like Beth but not Bethany. Yes, I could call her Beth but in all honesty, Bethany is just way too similar to my own name, Brittany. I also prefer Beth as a middle name.

    Any advice out there? Should I just deal with Bethany nn Beth?
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    Here are some ideas:
    Annabeth
    Elizabeth/Elisabeth
    Liesbeth
    Embeth
    Lilibeth
    Bethia

    My favorite for you is Annabeth since it's basically Bethany flipped around (which I agree sounds too much like Brittany)
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    I agree that you and your husband should feel out some similar names (Annabeth, Elizabeth, Marybeth, etc.) to find something you both love. Is Bethany nn Annie an option?

    Some other names with the "th" sound:
    Thea (Althea, Dorothea, Theodora, Theodosia)
    Athena
    Martha
    Agatha
    Edith
    Judith
    Lilith
    Ruth
    Blythe
    Kathleen
    Catherine
    Cynthia
    Thisbe
    Tabitha
    Evanthe
    Faith
    Meredith
    Samantha
    Gwyneth

    I feel like Blythe, Meredith, Tabitha, and Thea are strong contenders for someone who loves Bethany.
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    If you don't like a name I don't think you should be stuck with it, but maybe compromise by saying you are happy to use Beth as a nickname, but find a different fuller name, like Annabeth for instance.
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    My first thought was Bethania for you, it's a a form of Bethany that was used in the Greek and Latin translations of the New Testament. And you could always use Beth as a nickname I know a Beth whose name is a standalone, and it really suits her, so that could always be another option for you. If not; here are some different suggestions:

    Elizabeth (and any other variations of the name - Elisabet, Elisabetta etc)
    Annabeth
    Bethwyn
    Bethan
    Bethsheba (if you're feeling a little more adventurous!)
    Lilibeth
    Bethune
    Tabitha (seconding this)
    Elspeth (has a similar sound to Beth)
    Bethia
    Maribeth
    Bethel
    Bertha

    Or you could always do the hyphenated name alternative. You could hyphenate any name with Beth, e.g. May-Beth, Mary-Beth, Ella-Beth, Aria-Beth etc. Good luck!
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