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Gender: M Meaning of Jeb: "beloved friend" Origin of Jeb: Diminutive of Jebediah, Hebrew

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Both Jeb and Jed are very attractive Old Testament short forms with long and bright futures. Jeb's main current association is with the Bush brother and former governor of Florida, but the name was a mainstay on early TV westerns, and then went upscale as the nickname (his birth name being Josiah) of the President on "The West Wing."

Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield was the fictitious founder of the Simpsons' hometown. As for Civil War Confederate General Jeb Stuart, his nickname sprang from his initials--his full name was James Ewell Brown.

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Famous People Named Jeb

Jeb (John Ellis) Bush, American politician, former governor of Florida, son and brother to former Presidents Bush
Jeb Stuart, American Confederate general during the Civil War

Pop Culture References for the Name Jeb

Jebediah "Jeb" Stryder, Melanie's uncle in the book "The Host"
Jeb Scott, character in the movie "Shattered"
Jeb Batchelder, character in the series Maximum Ride by James Patterson

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