If Moses is a pleasing starbaby choice, why not this name worn by his stepmama?
Thanks to Samantha for suggesting Bethia as Baby Name of the Day.
Even if you’ve never read a word of the Old Testament, you’re probably dimly aware of baby Moses floating to safety in his basket after the pharaoh ordered all male Hebrew children killed.
I really adore this name.
Harriet N says
My daughter’s is name is Bethia, because of the good meaning it carries we decided to name her that name, she also loves so much.
I have 3 aunt Bethia’s (great-aunt, cousin and father’s sister) and named my daughter Bethia. At fifteen, she is not so fond of her “unusual” name, but I hope it will carry on through the family.
What a great tradition to carry on!
My daughter’s name is Bethia but we chose it more for the Scottish connection. I really love the name and I’ve never met another one!
I’ve just named my daughter Bethia, she was born 7/12/10. Especially considering the miraclous circumstances about her conception and birth, I couldn’t find any name appropriate to call her, but BETHIA, which means the Daughter of JEHOVA GOD, in Hebrew.
I once knew a Bethia, she must be about 13 now. She had a brother named Adam, as I recall it. She was a nice girl, and I’ll forever associate the name with her.
Charlotte Vera says
Bethia is very pretty. Personally, I think that Bithiah is my favourite version. For some reason, I’m tempted to pronounce the name with a soft “t” sound followed by an “h”.
To me Bethia it looks like a creative Bethany, but I have to say I really like Bithiah. It reminds me of another Biblical name I like, Asenath (Joseph’s Egyptian wife who was also a Pharaoh’s daughter.) For both name’s I think it’s the Biblical story that sells the name, more than the actual usability of the name, so I would probably only use them as middle names.
Lady Gwyn says
Happy Birthday, Joy!
I like Bethia. I didn’t know that it was Biblical, I just liked the sound and that it was a variation of Beth. I quite like it, and would use it in a heartbeat. My middle name is Elizabeth, so I could see using it as a roundabout way to honor myself.
Nice name and has a nice story; I think most would assume it’s a creative nn for Elizabeth.
BTW, today is my birthday! Turning 41…
Happy birthday, Joy! When I turned 30, someone told me it was the new 21.
With that math in mind, you’re turning 32, and I’ll be 28 in a few weeks. The craziest part is that 32 and 28 now sound VERY young to me, and the idea that I was ever 16? Defies my imagination!
Hope you have a WONDERFUL day.
Just think, you are officially one year wiser, smarter and savvier today than you were yesterday ! I hope that you have a wonderful day filled with meeting lots of well named people !
Charlotte Vera says
Happy birthday, Joy!
Of the options, Bethia does sound the nicest to me. And you could use the trim Beth as a nn, which is also nice. The Biblical namesake/story is a fantastic one, I have to admit. But, Bethia feels a little awkward, like a souped-up Beth that doesn’t quite work. I understand it’s not a souped-up Beth, but having forgotten/never fully learned all the Bible names and such, I don’t think Biblical first. That said, it’s a nice enough name. I could see using Bithia (or either version +h), but the Bitya/Batya version says bitty/batty to me… it’s the B, because I love the Slavic Katya and the nn Kit (I guess sounding like catty/kitty is alright with me). Overall, I’m not impressed enough to ever consider it a favorite of mine, but I’m glad to learn its history and *would* be impressed to hear it on someone else.
Bethia is so sweet to me. I wish she was more common. I am not as much enamored with Bithiah or Batya.
This reminds me of one I have on my family tree; Bethenia, who had a brother named Valentine and a sister named Susannah. I love that sibset!
I like Bethia, very pretty. Probably not one I would use though.
Bethenia is quite the gem to find on a family tree!