Jezebel Name Meaning & Origin

Jezebel

Pronunciation: JEH-zə-behl (key)

Origin of the name Jezebel:

Derived from the Hebrew 'īzebhel (impure, wicked). The name is borne in the Bible by the wicked wife of King Ahab.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Bel, Belle, Jez

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The image of Jezebel as an "oversexed harlot" goes back to the Biblical character, but the promiscuous Jezebel Stereotype was often applied by slave-masters to explain away the rape of black women. They used this mentality to explain away their own actions, instead the "Black Jezebel wanted it!" This stereotype continues in Hollywood films since the 1970s... blaxploitation films, hip-hop videos, even Halle Berry's Oscar winning performance in Monster Ball.

Young girls already have to deal the negative impact of how sexualized our society has become... I can't imagine what it would be like to go though life with a name that literally means "a woman who is regarded as evil and scheming." -- American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

My family had a cat named Jezebel when I was growing up.

Was it a black cat?

Please spare your daughter. Don't name her this.

Personal experiences with the name Jezebel: | Edit

I was almost named this.. but my mum had second thoughts.

Nicknames for Jezebel: | Edit

Jez, Bel, Belle, Jezzie, Bella

Meanings and history of the name Jezebel: | Edit

Meaning: Unexalted
Origin: Hebrew

Famous Queen in Israel from the Bible.

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Jezebel in song, story & screen: | Edit

-Jezebel. com, fairly well-known feminist pop-culture blog
-1938 film starring Bette Davis
-Jezebel Lockhart, from Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
-Jezebel, a song by Iron & Wine
-Jezebel Redfern, a half-vampire half-human character from the Night World series by L.J. Smith

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