home of shame or mercy. Non-gerderized Biblical title.
Name Origin: Biblical
Name Gender: feminine
1857, title of a pool in Jerusalem (John v:2), from Greek Bethesda, from Aramaic beth hesda "house of mercy," or maybe "place of moving liquid." Popular as a name for spiritual meeting homes among some Protestant denominations.
Also a number of private charitable institutions, the oldest being the Bethesda orphan asylum, near Savannah, founded by George Whitefield in 1739.