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Quick Facts on Bethany

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 389
Simple meaning:
House of Figs

Characteristics of Bethany

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bethany

The name Bethany is borne from the Bible (the New Testament) not as a person but as a place. The name shows up in all four gospels as the location where Jesus spent Holy Week prior to going onto Jerusalem and his crucifixion. It is generally thought that Bethany comes from the Hebrew word (beth te’ena) meaning ‘house of figs’. The village of Bethany just outside of Jerusalem was the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha (as well as Simon the Leper). As such an important place for Christians, the name has been primarily used among Roman Catholics until the 20th century when it reached a wider audience. Today, Bethany is on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Bethany

Bethany first appeared on the female naming charts in the United States in 1949. The name didn’t really catch on until the 1970s and by 1983 it was a Top 100 favorite. The height of Bethany’s popularity was during the 1980s and 1990s. As we’ve entered the 21st century, she has declined substantially in usage – down to very moderate levels. We were a tiny bit surprised to see that there has been no pop-culture impact to the name’s popularity generated by Bethenny Frankel whose reality TV stardom doesn’t seem to quit. Apparently, people like her; they just aren’t moved by her name. Nevertheless, Bethany is a pretty, delicate sounding feminine name. It is also one of those ancient Biblical names that has a modern sensibility. People do commonly confuse the name Bethany with Stephanie since they sound so much alike. In any case, Bethany is a familiar name but has never been overused, so it maintains originality.
Popularity of the Girl Name Bethany
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bethany

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bethany

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bethany

    Bethany We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bethany.

  • Popular Songs on Bethany

    Popular Songs on Bethany

    August In Bethany - a song by The Juliana Theory

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bethany

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bethany

    Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends (Bethany Hamilton) - From Bethany Hamilton's fan letters come these honest, sometimes gut-wrenching questions---probably questions you've asked. Verses from the Bible add inspiration to Bethany's sincere answers, and you'll get to know her heart as you surf this personal book. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Bethany Hamilton: Follow Your Dreams! (Michael Sandler) - “This very brief account focuses on the 13-year-old's surfing encounter with a shark that resulted in the loss of her left arm and her return to the waves less than a month after the accident. The author mentions that the teen wants to make a difference in peoples' lives, and that she traveled to Thailand to meet with children who lost their families because of the tsunami and helped raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Each double-page chapter includes a few paragraphs of large-print text and two full-color, captioned photos. Words found in the glossary are highlighted in bold. Readers will readily engage with the text and photographs. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Bethany the Ballet Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Dance Fairies' magic ribbons are missing! Without them, all kinds of dances are getting off on the wrong foot. Everyone is miserable, except for Jack Frost and his goblins. They have the ribbons…and it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get them back! Beautiful ballets everywhere are turning into a total mess. Can Bethany the Ballet Fairy track down her ribbon? Or will the goblins dance away with it? Find the magic ribbon in each book, and help keep the Dance Fairies on their toes! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Princess Bethany and the Lost Piglet (Vivian French) - When one of the piglets from the farm disappears, Bethany is desperate to help. Can she and her friends from Tulip Room find him? The princesses must band together to save the little oinker! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional (Bethany Hamilton) - In Rise Above, a book of devotions, teen surfing star Bethany Hamilton shares with young girls her courage and enthusiasm for God, inspiring them to face life head on and stand strong in their faith. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Bethany

    Famous People Named Bethany

    Famous People Named Bethany - Bethany Hamilton (girl-surfer who lost her arm when bitten by a shark); Bethany Dillon (Christian musician); Bethany Joy Galeotti (actress); Bethanie Mattek-Sands (tennis player); Bethany McLean (journalist/writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bethany

    Children of Famous People Named Bethany

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Bethany - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Bethany.

  • Historic Figures

    Bethany - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bethany - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bethany.

Personality of the Girl Name Bethany

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bethany

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