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

Jezebel Origin and Meaning

The name Jezebel is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "not exalted".

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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SouthernGirl Says:


"Here" must be Hell if you'd name a child after the devil, what do ya think?? Lol

SouthernGirl Says:


Yep, she murdered innocent people to get her way

SouthernGirl Says:


Just like someone named their child Hitler...

She's a Killer Queen Says:


Is it bad that I like this name?

FractalShadow Says:


I once met someone named "Jezerel."

roseofjune Says:


Where I live, Jezebel is used as an insult.

Mauve_Avenger Says:


She wasn't hated for simply being a powerful woman.I mean name your kid what you want, but Jezebel was a terrible human being. If you are looking for a strong biblical woman to name your daughter after, why not Deborah, or Jael, or Miriam? Just off the top of my head, those ladies were pretty cool.

sometimeschessie Says:


I can understand the visual/aural appeal of the "J," the "Z" and the "bell" sound. That being said, I would feel forever sorry for a woman named Jezebel. Because of cultural connotations (whether you agree with them or not, they are still present), I would feel that it was unkind, or at least unthinking, of her parents to give her a name with such negative associations.

LavenderLullabies Says:


I've never heard of Jezebel being used as an insult. Ever. And I know a Jezebel. No one cares about her name in my area.
Hell, I'd use Lucifer here. Religion isn't too prominent here so I say if you're in an area like mine, go for it.

jordalini Says:


Yet people name their children Cain.

xxmadhatterxx Says:


Its only a name. You're not resurrecting the original its s name. I'm not sure why Jezebel is used to describe a slit because no where in the bible is it ever explained that she was unfaithful to her husband... She never was a whore. She never cheated on her husband. I've read baby name books where Jezebel is gone and is replaced with Ecstasy...really? Humans are so funny they are afraid of Jezebel but name their kids:
These are all names that have to do with something bad in the bible. Its society that has a problem with this name because of something that happend thousands of years ago. If this name is on your list, use it, lets show the world that the name Jezebel is only a name and nothing more. My daughters name is Gezzibella

esita Says:


I love this name, but I wouldn't use it.

Beth Says:


If you're non-religious and plan to live in a non-religious environment, I say go for it. Most kids outside of Catholic school won't know what the negative connotations are. And hell, I even went to Catholic school and didn't hear the name until I was in my late teens, and even then it was just in the context of it being someone's name.

Luísa Says:


Well, I like Jezebel. Where I come from, most people are baptized, but none of them have EVER touched a Bible or any religious book, so the negative associations don't bother me. And to use Jezebel to "label a whore"? That's fancy.

* There is also the Jezabel version, which is pretty different from the E one to me.

athenamay24 Says:


I would never recommend using it, because of the connotations, which sucks, because it is a rather pretty name.

Zelliew Says:


To be avoided

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Nowadays, most people have never set eyes on a bible, let alone dedicated themselves to the religion, so one would think that Jezebel would be a viable option for parents? WRONG. Lucifer and Judas are part of the bible, and yet none of us would dare use them. Having said that, I'm not rejecting the use of Jezebel because I dislike it, nor am I rejecting it because I myself am religious (I'm not).

Rather, I warn all parents to stay away from this choice because it's no longer just a name. It is a word that you will find in a dictionary, that is used (and has been used for centuries) to label a whore. It has transended outside of the bible and is now part of everyday, modern language, and ultimately is no better than naming a baby girl Harlot or Slut. Even Lucifer has a better standing that that, because at least he was a moral character.

So whatever feminist statement some of you might think this name/word represents? - Forget it. I'm not saying that Jezebel will forever be unusable but, at the moment, the negative connotations surrounding it are just too strong. So my suggestion to those who are mad about this name would be to go with Jessabelle.

headintheclouds Says:


The idea behind naming your baby Jezebel may be seen as an empowering sort of gesture that takes back its meaning and what it means to insult a woman as a "slut", all that jazz- that's great and all. But seriously? I also think it's not cool to "make a statement" using your baby- she'd be the one to have to live with it, so probably best skip this one.

jordalini Says:


Well this country is christian enough that it would be a difficult name to carry, I am not religious so personally it would not bother me, but there is still that negative connotation.

hayden_cole Says:


In Judeo-Christianity, Jezebel is the female equivalent of Judas or Cain. It's not a good idea.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


What's so bad about this name? I read the story of her and yeah she's not exactly the nicest person ever to live, but if people are using names like Phaedra then why not this name?

jordalini Says:


This name would be cute, except for you still call people this if they have an undesirable look/behavior. I think it would be cruel to name a girl this, because people have not forgotten biblical Jezebel

Hylian Wizard Says:


I totally agree. There is nothing good about the name Jezebel. I also do not understand why anyone would pick this name. There are plenty of good female role models to name your child after, but Jezebel is not one.

Guest Says:


Why would someone name their daughter something with such a negative connotation? It's like the girl version of naming your child Judas. It means "not exalted". Jezebel was a b-tch. There's nothing "feminist" about her. She was evil.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I still wouldn't use this name. Jezebel is pretty much used a way to call someone a "slut".