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Bean (m) Gaelic Beathan, ‘life.’ Use of this personal
name in earlier times led to surnames such as Macbean
and Macvean.

Beathag (f) The feminine form of Beathan or Bean.
A later phonetic spelling is Bethoc (e.g. Bethoc, daughter
of Donald Bane, king of Scotland from 1093-7). Beak
is a later form. There has been occasional confusion with
the Old Testament name Bithiah or Bethia (Hebrew,
‘daughter of Jehovah’). Beatrice was sometimes used as a substitute for the name in Latin documents been ‘translated’ as Sophia (Greek, ‘wisdom’). In fact, Zoe
(Greek, ‘life’) would have been a more accurate translation.

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