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Hepzibelle is a form likely to be more attractive to modern ears, due to the popularity of names like Isabelle.
For those who think it is too hard to pronounce, let me explain how I always tell people to pronounce it: by thinking of "Pepsi" and the sound a sheep makes "baaa." But instead of a p at the beginning of the word it is a "h." Therefore, it is pronounced: Hepsi-baaaahhh. I love my name for several reasons:
1.) it is unique and therefore, it is not listed publicly on whitepages, etc. I deal with a lot of stalkers from my past so I love the protection my name gives me from my public details being released.
2.) the meaning: yes, I am actually a pastor so I love the meaning of my name. It reminds me daily of how much Jesus loves me. I believe names are prophetic declarations over your life so names need to have a good meaning. My name is perfect for me because I have a deep relationship with Jesus.
3.) even though a lot of people have a hard time spelling and/or saying my name, my name sticks with them and they always remember it - even if we only met once.
The only things I dislike about my name are these: people misspell my name constantly and sometimes, mispronounce my name horribly. The worst butchering of my name was by a few people who called me Hezbollah. I said, "ummm... I'm not a terrorist organization."
The other reason I sometime dislike my name is because supposedly Hepzibah was a witch in Harry Potter. As you can understand, as a pastor, this bothers me because people sometimes call me a witch just because of Rowlings' made-up character. I have to remind them it was just a book and I love Jesus way too much to ever be in the occult. But, all-in-all, I love my name.
Maybe Zi (pronounced Zee) for short - that's what I would pick, anyway. :)
Another variation is Hephzi-Bah.
This name may have a nice meaning, but it's still incredibly pretentious and overly evangelical. And Hepsie is a stupid nickname.
Hephzibah... represents, to me, the "call" of God to His beloved church to come away and rejoice in Him. To separate itself unto His Joy and Peace.
Hepzibah Pyncheon is the name of the old spinster in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of Seven Gables.
In Hebrew the letter "pe" can be pronounced either as a "P" or an "F" - that explains the differences in pronunciation.
I thought this name was always pronounced "HEP-zi-bah", regardless of whether it is spelled with an "h" after the "p" or not. Perhaps "HEF-zi-bah" comes from too many uninformed people reading the name phonetically.
Too religious to use, but sounds kind of cool.
A marginally more attractive English form of the name is Hepsibeth.
― Anonymous User
I knew an Israeli girl with this name who spelt it Hefzibah, and I always liked the sound of it. Also, Eppie is a perfectly sweet nickname!
Pompous and foreign-sounding, and the nicknames would all surely be crap.
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As well as referring to the mother of Mannaseh (2 Kings 21:1) the name is also used to refer to the people of Israel (Isaiah 62:4) as a people in whom God delights.
I love this name and the sentiment it conveys, however it can be hard for some people to pronounce, so I usually shorten it to Eppie.
In the Harry Potter books, Tom Riddle visited an old woman named Hephzibah Smith. He killed her and then stole a locket and a golden cup from her.
In George Eliot's book "Silas Marner", it was Silas' mother's name. He named the beautiful young girl he took into care Hephzibah and nicknamed her Eppie.
― Anonymous User
A famous bearer of the name was the pianist Hephzibah Menhuin, sister of the violinist Yehudi Menhuin.
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