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Meaning of Bethany

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The name Bethany has the following meaning:

Of Biblical origin, "Bethany" is the name of a village near Jerusalem, where Lazarus, a man who was described in the Bible as having been resurrected by Jesus, lived. He was widely known as "Lazarus of Bethany". Bethany may also be a variant of the name Beth-ann.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Bethany is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 190 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Bethany fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 25 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 342 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Bethany in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Bethany is pronounced as beh-thuh-nee


Bethany originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Bethany and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Bethany: Boys - Ebb, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Jair, Girls - Dinah, Hannah, Neta, Both genders - Ira, Joan, Judith


Popular Variants for the name Bethany: Beth, Bethanee, Bethaney, Bethani, Bethanie, Bethanne, Betheny


Common nicknames for the name Bethany are: Beth


We think the name Bethany should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Bethany to be: A pleasant, serious girl

In one word, you might describe Bethany as a(n) "serious" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Bethany (or its variants) are:

Bethany Joy Lenz Galeotti, born on 2 April, a famous actress. Bethany Joy Lenz Galeotti's background: American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She started theatrical acting at the age of 10, in Irving Community Theatre, and has since then pursued an acting career. She is best known for her role as Haley James Scott in the popular TV series 'One Tree Hill', opposite actor Chad Michael Murray. As a singer, she released two albums, Preincarnate (2002) and Come On Home (2005).

Bethany Hamilton, born on 8 February , a famous surfer. Bethany Hamilton's background: Professional Surfer. She started learning how to surf at the age of 3 years old from her parents, both keen surfers. She won the 1999 Haleiwa Menehune Championships 23rd annual contest, as well as other contests in 2000. In 2003, she was barely survived a shark attack and lost her left arm. Unintimidated, she went back to surfing after recovering and still dreams of being a professional surfer. She was subsequently awarded the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year in 2004.

Bethany McLean, born on 12 December, a famous journalist. Bethany McLean's background: An editor and important columnist for Fortune magazine. She is best known for her role as the co-author, together with Peter Elkind, of 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room', which exposes the buisness practices of the Enron officials.
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