Bethany (beth-uh-nee) is a feminine name that is used in the English and Biblical languages.

Meaning and HistoryEdit

Bethany is derived from the name of a Biblical town, which may have been derived from the Hebrew word beit-te'enah meaning "house of figs".

In the New Testament, the town of Bethany was the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha.

This name has been used as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century used primarily by Catholics in honor of Mary of Bethany. In America, it became moderately common after the 1950s.

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Variants: Bethanie, Bethani, Bethanee, Betheny, Bethenie, Betheni, Bethenee, Bethony, Bethonie, Bethoni, Bethonee, Bethanny, Bethannie, Bethanni, Bethenny, Bethennie, Bethenni, Bethonny, Bethonnie, Bethonni

Diminutive: Beth