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Gender: M Meaning of Jebediah: "beloved friend" Origin of Jebediah: Hebrew

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Like its better known cousin Jedidiah, Jebediah is one of those four-syllable Old Testament names that is being shorn of its long white-bearded image, with the help of its modern-sounding Jeb nickname.

Pop culture references: The Australian alternate rock band Jebediah, and the founder of the Simpson's hometown, Jebediah Springfield.

Jeb Bush, by the way, was not born Jebediah: J.E.B. are his initials, as in John Ellis Bush.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Jebediah

Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield, fictional founder of Springfield hometown of TV's "The Simpsons"
Jebediah "Jeb" Stryder, character in Stephenie Meyer's novel 'The Host'

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