English variation of Hebrew Zebediah
"gift of God"

Zebedee Origin and Meaning

The name Zebedee is a boy's name meaning "gift of God".
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

  • ZebedeeBiblical father of James and John
  • Zebedee "Zeb" SoanesEnglish radio presenter
  • Zebedee E. CliffAmerican architect
  • Zebedee ColtrinAmerican Mormon leader
  • Zebedee JonesEnglish painter
  • Zebedee B. ArmstrongAmerican calendar artist

Zebedee in Pop Culture

  • Zebedee Tugwellcharacter in "Springhaven" by R.D. Blackmore
  • Zebedeecharacter in British children's series "TUGS"
  • Zebedeejack,in,the,box in British series "The Magic Roundabout" ("Doogal" in the U.S.)

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