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Gender: F Meaning of Jezebel: "not exalted" Origin of Jezebel: Hebrew

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Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab in the Hebrew Book of Kings, has long had a bad girl reputation. But in the modern secular world, this is somewhat mitigated by the feminist perspective of her as a strong woman, the power behind the throne. Previously avoided as a baby name, Jezebel is now, along with the also previously avoided Delilah and Desiree, coming into use, helped by its relation to other 'bel' name such as Isabel and Bella.

The popular feminist celebrity blog Jezebel upped the name's cool factor. Jezebel is the title of one of Bette Davis's best known early films.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Jezebel

Jezebel, character in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
"Jezebel," song by American band Iron & Wine
Jezebel "Jez" Redfern, character in the Night World series by L. J. Smith
Jezebel.com, feminist blog owned by Gawker Media
"Jezebel," 1938 movie
Jezebel Jet, character in "Batman" comics
Jezebelle, DC comics superhero
"The Return of Jezebel James," TV sitcom
Jezebel Tripp, character on British TV series "Midsomer Murders"

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