Mehitabel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mehitabel

Mehitabel

Pronunciation: meh-HIT-ə-behl (key)

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Bella, Hettie, Mehetabel, Mel

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I gave my daughter Mehitabel as a middle name, in tribute to a grandmother who adored the Marquis poems and also to the very idea that once upon a time there was such a thing as popular syndicated poetry. I have found that most people do not know the name and struggle to pronounce it. The few who know it from the poems (maybe 10%?) respond with delight. For the record, my grandmother's pronunciation (which I assume was the consensus pronunciation when the poems were popular) is Muh-HIT-a-bull. Syllables pronounced and emphasized like "dirigible."

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Bella, Mel, Hettie, Tabby

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Means 'God makes happy' in Hebrew.
Pronounced: mi-HIT-eh-bel or mee-HIT-eh-bel

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- There is one clearly dominant Mehitabel of fiction: Mehitabel the alley cat in Don Marquis's Archie and Mehitabel poems. http://www.donmarquis.com/archy/ These humorous and cynical but warm poems were very popular in newspaper syndication in the 1920s and 30s.

- In a Rudyard Kipling poem, Lovely Mehitabel Lee is married to the narrator's resented rival: http://books.google.com/books?id=3KYg_7bSptcC&pg=PA177&lpg=PA177&dq=lovely+mehitabel+lee&source=bl&ots=hvYF5twiR4&sig=imq9ZECJZV74IyrkU9sJkUtGo9s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

- The 1929 children's novel "Hitty: Her First Hundred Years" is about a wooden doll named Mehitabel, or Hitty, originating in colonial America

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