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Bean

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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