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Gender: Male Pronunciation: JAY-feth Meaning of Japheth: "expansion" Origin of Japheth: Hebrew

Japheth Origin and Meaning

The name Japheth is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "expansion".

This name of a son of Noah, whose descendants were said to have populated Europe, was well used by the seventeenth century Pilgrims. Pronunciation challenges would seem to hinder its chances for resurgence today, but "Ja" names and obscure Old Testament names are both trendy these days, so you never know.

Japheth is a major character in the Madeleine L'Engle novel Many Waters.

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Comments

raevynstar Says:

2014-08-19T20:44:04

That's offensive to me and to people who have had strokes.....come on.

raevynstar Says:

2014-08-19T13:12:50

The best Noah's-son name. Shem sounds like Sam said oddly, and Ham is just pig meat.