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Origin: South Africa
Region Origin: Southern Africa

Bethany is a feminine given name derived from the Biblical place name, Bethany, a town near Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where Lazarus lived in the New Testament. The name has several possible meanings, including "desire for goodness" or "house of happiness". It is also considered to have Aramaic or Hebrew origins, with some sources suggesting it could mean "house of affliction" or "house of figs". The name Bethany has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, primarily by Catholics in honor of Mary of Bethany. It gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, reaching its pinnacle of popularity in 1987 as the 87th most popular name for girls. Although its use has declined since then, it remains an attractive and meaningful name with a rich Biblical background.

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