Bathsheba

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Origin: Hebrew

בַּת־שֶׁבַע (Hebrew)

Meaning: “daughter of the oath” or, alternatively, “daughter of seven” since the last part of the name (sheba) is similar to both the word for oath and seven. For a more detailed etymology of the name, I posted the link below.

Variants: Bat-Sheva, Batsheva

Sheba could be a short form of Bathsheba which, by itself, could mean either “oath” or “seven” but from what I found out, Sheba is also used as a male  name several times in the Bible (with a different meaning) as well as a place name.

In the Old Testament, Bathsheba’s husband is intentionally sent to the frontline of battle to be killed so that King David could marry her. They have a son, Solomon.

Links:

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Bathsheba.html#.V1eqileVfwx

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t know if you’ve seen that new Puritan-era horror movie “The Witch,” but I thought it was cool that the actress who played the witch (or one of the witches, dunno) was actually named Bathsheba!

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  2. apolla13 says:

    No I haven’t but that is really cool that someone is named that in real life. I don’t think I’ve ever come across the name either in real life or as a name potential, and I do get why people wouldn’t want to name their daughters this, but to be honest I find this name fascinating. Maybe it’s because its so unusual.

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