Bethlehem is a first name for girls.
There’s a good chance that a girl named Bethlehem in a medium-sized town will be unique. That’s because only a few babies a year are named Bethlehem in all of the US. Only about one in 100,000 girls is named Bethlehem by her parents. In the ranking of most common girls names in recent years, Bethlehem ranks at #6,752. That means there are 6,751 more common girls names, but there are also a few thousand that are even rarer. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Bethlehem.
If you’re looking for someone named Bethlehem, you might want to head to California. Why California of all places? Well, simply because, according to official statistics, there are no women or girls named Bethlehem living in any other state. However, we have to admit that a first name is only listed in the official statistics of a state if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it may well be that there are still a few women and girls named Bethlehem living in one state or another. But, in any case the name is extremely rare (if your name happens to be Bethlehem and you live outside of California, we would be very grateful if you could let us know so that we can refine our statistics even further). By the way, even in California, the name Bethlehem is not really that common – there are only 10 women and girls with this name living there right now, which is not more than 0.00007% of all female residents of California – so if you are one of them, you can rightly say that you are someone very special!
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: 3.2% of all common girls' names in the US begin with a B. This means that B as the first letter for girls' names is neither particularly common nor rare. The most common first letters of girls' names are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.
With nine letters, the name Bethlehem is relatively long compared to other names. In fact, 5.6% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly nine letters. 92% of all first names are shorter, while not even 2.5% of all boys’ and girls’ names use ten or more letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Thus, if 3.2% of all girls’ names start with a B, this initial letter is slightly less common than all other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are girls' names with B that are quite common in the U.S., the most common at present is Barbara.
If your name is Bethlehem and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Bethlehem, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Bethlehem sounds like this: