Beulah

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A biblical name applied to the land of Israel, from Hebrew beulah "married (woman)", taken up as a given name by Puritans.

Proper noun[edit]

Beulah

  1. A female given name.
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), Isaiah 62:4:
      Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
    • 2003 Rita Dove, Earl G. Ingersoll, Conversations with Rita Dove, Univ. of Mississippi, ISBN 157806550X, page 43:
      I was into names then for some reason, and hit upon the name Beulah. When I was a child it was a name like Bertha, and you made a joke about Beulah, Big Beulah. I thought, wouldn't it be nice to use the name Beulah and try to get it in a poem.