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In Divrei Hayamim I 4:4 Hur is listed as the father of בֵּית לָחֶם.

אֵלֶּה בְנֵי-חוּר בְּכוֹר אֶפְרָתָה, אֲבִי בֵּית לָחֶם

The commentaries I have seen read this as he fathered people who lived in בֵּית לָחֶם. However that doesn't seem to be the plain meaning of the pasuk.

Furthermore in Micha 5:1 the Navi speaks about בֵּית לָחֶם as if it were a person.

וְאַתָּה בֵּית-לֶחֶם אֶפְרָתָה, צָעִיר לִהְיוֹת בְּאַלְפֵי יְהוּדָה--מִמְּךָ לִי יֵצֵא, לִהְיוֹת מוֹשֵׁל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל; וּמוֹצָאֹתָיו מִקֶּדֶם, מִימֵי עוֹלָם

Are there any m'forshim who say that בֵּית לָחֶם is also used as the proper name of a person?

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Considering that the city was a well established fortification at 1400 BC, and was first built long before, it is unlikely that the text refers to a person, rather than the city.

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