Bethany

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97k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bethany

"Bethany" is a name of English origin, and it means "Place of figs - town near Jerusalem". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From the Ancient Greek Βηθανία (Bēthanía) from the Aramaic בית עניא (“house of suffering”).

  1. (biblical) The village where Jesus stayed before going to Jerusalem and being crucified.
  2. (biblical) The village where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived (Bible, John 11 v. 1)
  3. (biblical) Mary of Bethany, sometimes identified as Mary Magdalene.
  4. A female given name, transferred use of the biblical place name.

Notable Persons Named Bethany

Bethany Joy Lenz is an actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1988. Bethany was born Bethany Joy Lenz on April 2nd, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. U.S. Bethany is also known as Bethany Joy Galeotti and Joie Lenz.

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Bethany Mota is a fashion designer, social media personality, singer, activist, and dancer. Bethany was given the name Bethany Noel Mota on November 7th, 1995. Bethany is also known as Macbarbie07.

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Bethany was born on May 19th, 1986 in Ukraine. Bethany is also known as Caviar.

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Bethany Platt is a soap character.

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Bethany Decker is a waitress. Bethany was given the name Bethany Anne Littlejohn on May 13th, 1989 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States.

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Bethany McLean is a journalist. Bethany was born on December 12th, 1970.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bethany

Janice Crouch is a co-founder of trinity broadcasting network, trinity broadcasting network, and co-founder oftrinity broadcasting network. She holds the title Vice President and Director of Network Programming/TBN and Director/CEO of Holy Land Experience. Janice was given the name Janice Wendell Bethany on March 14th, 1938 in New Brockton, Alabama.

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St. Lazarus of Bethany is a saint. He holds the title Four-days dead and Friend of Christ.

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Saint Mary of Bethany is a saint. She holds the title Righteous Mary the sister of Lazarus;Myrrhbearer.

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How popular is the baby name Bethany in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1915 6 6 0
1916 9 9 0
1917 6 6 0
1918 11 11 0
1919 14 14 0
1920 11 11 0
1921 8 8 0
1922 9 9 0
1923 18 18 0
1924 9 9 0
1925 20 20 0
1926 9 9 0
1927 16 16 0
1928 6 6 0
1929 13 13 0
1930 9 9 0
1931 14 14 0
1932 12 12 0
1933 17 17 0
1934 21 21 0
1935 22 22 0
1936 6 6 0
1937 14 14 0
1938 20 20 0
1939 29 29 0
1940 22 22 0
1941 22 22 0
1942 51 51 0
1943 43 43 0
1944 34 34 0
1945 34 34 0
1946 50 50 0
1947 48 48 0
1948 71 71 0
1949 96 96 0
1950 117 117 0
1951 146 146 0
1952 130 130 0
1953 120 120 0
1954 173 173 0
1955 169 169 0
1956 156 156 0
1957 158 158 0
1958 146 146 0
1959 199 199 0
1960 216 216 0
1961 226 226 0
1962 249 249 0
1963 335 335 0
1964 367 367 0
1965 387 387 0
1966 430 430 0
1967 475 475 0
1968 502 502 0
1969 622 622 0
1970 708 702 6
1971 655 655 0
1972 785 780 5
1973 1,043 1,043 0
1974 1,186 1,181 5
1975 1,135 1,135 0
1976 1,293 1,293 0
1977 1,533 1,533 0
1978 1,772 1,766 6
1979 2,102 2,094 8
1980 2,509 2,499 10
1981 2,704 2,693 11
1982 2,724 2,713 11
1983 2,779 2,766 13 #99 girl name
1984 2,996 2,986 10 #93 girl name
1985 2,968 2,959 9 #94 girl name
1986 3,088 3,081 7 #90 girl name
1987 3,309 3,296 13 #87 girl name
1988 3,275 3,270 5 #89 girl name
1989 3,096 3,081 15
1990 3,242 3,235 7
1991 3,118 3,113 5
1992 2,937 2,930 7
1993 2,846 2,840 6
1994 2,773 2,773 0
1995 2,748 2,743 5
1996 2,698 2,698 0
1997 2,623 2,623 0
1998 2,489 2,489 0
1999 2,310 2,303 7
2000 2,191 2,191 0
2001 2,033 2,028 5
2002 1,792 1,792 0
2003 1,617 1,617 0
2004 1,637 1,629 8
2005 1,503 1,503 0
2006 1,404 1,404 0
2007 1,166 1,166 0
2008 1,065 1,065 0
2009 963 963 0
2010 861 861 0
2011 914 914 0
2012 901 901 0
2013 800 800 0
2014 826 826 0
2015 763 763 0
2016 687 687 0

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Popularity of Bethany as a first name

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Popularity of Bethany as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bethany U.S.
  White 61.70% 64.26%
  African American 32.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bethany

People with the last name Bethany are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bethany

  • How Popular is the name Bethany? Bethany is the 653rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bethany was the 25,833rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bethany have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 96,690 babies born with the first name Bethany in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bethany to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bethany? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Bethany first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bethany is Wednesday, June 13th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Bethany born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bethany was in 1987 with a total of 3,296 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bethany!
  • Random Bethany Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bethany ranks 85th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 74 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Bethany: Your name in reverse order is Ynahteb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eyhnbat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bethany? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 953 people with the last name Bethany.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bethany? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bethany as their last name since less than 1 person in 313k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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