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

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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Famous People Named Japheth

Japheth Kimutai, Kenyan Olympic runner
Japheth Joshua Omojuwa, Nigerian blogger and political commentator

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