Origin of BethanyLate Latin (Vulg.) Bethania from Classical Greek B?thania from Classical Hebrew (language) betanya from bet, house + uncertain or unknown; perhaps hayan, late-season green figs
- (biblical) The village where Jesus stayed before going to Jerusalem and being crucified.
- (biblical) The village where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived (Bible, John 11 v. 1)
- (biblical) Mary of Bethany, sometimes identified as Mary Magdalene.
- A female given name, transferred use of the biblical place name.
From the Ancient Greek Βηθανία (Bēthania) from the Aramaic בית עניא (“house of suffering”).