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Gender: Male Meaning of Zebedee: "gift of God" Origin of Zebedee: English variation of Hebrew Zebediah

The name Zebedee is a boy's name meaning "gift of God". Zebedee and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Zebedee is an adorable and unusual New Testament name--which may sound like but is not a contradiction in terms. Unlike some of the longer biblical Z-names, Zebedee has a more lighthearted usability, with its gleeful ee-ending. And Zeb makes a fabulous nickname.

In the New Testament, Zebedee plays the major role of the fisherman father of two disciples, James and John, and was with his sons mending his fishing nets when they were called by Christ.

The name was popularized in the U.K. by a jack-in-the-box puppet named Zebedee on an early kids' TV show, The Magic Roundabout.

Zebedee Jones is a contemporary British painter.

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Famous People Named Zebedee

Zebedee, Biblical father of James and John
Zebedee "Zeb" Soanes, English radio presenter
Zebedee E. Cliff, American architect
Zebedee Coltrin, American Mormon leader
Zebedee Jones, English painter
Zebedee B. Armstrong, American calendar artist

Pop Culture References for the name Zebedee

Zebedee Tugwell, character in "Springhaven" by R.D. Blackmore
Zebedee, character in British children's series "TUGS"
Zebedee, jack-in-the-box in British series "The Magic Roundabout" ("Doogal" in the U.S.)

Zebadee, Zebedy