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The meaning is truly darling and captivating. I love this name, but if I were to use it on my daughter, I'd change the 'b' to a 'v' sound so it sounds like Hefziva. I know that's a bit weird but that's just what I'd do. Overall, I think it's a beautiful name.
futuremother99  10/3/2018
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I remember in Anne of Green Gables, Anne imagines changing the name of a girl in her orphanage named Hepzibah to something prettier. This name doesn't sound pretty at all to me.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
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Hepzibelle is a form likely to be more attractive to modern ears, due to the popularity of names like Isabelle.
hlizzyt  6/8/2016
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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.
Hepzibah Nanna  2/11/2016
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Maybe Zi (pronounced Zee) for short - that's what I would pick, anyway. :)
Leonie27  6/21/2015
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Another variation is Hephzi-Bah.
LMS  10/16/2014
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This name may have a nice meaning, but it's still incredibly pretentious and overly evangelical. And Hepsie is a stupid nickname.
bananarama  4/2/2012
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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.
roxannity  8/21/2011
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Hepzibah Pyncheon is the name of the old spinster in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of Seven Gables.
kkgnoise  1/14/2011
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In Hebrew the letter "pe" can be pronounced either as a "P" or an "F" - that explains the differences in pronunciation.
tyro49  8/6/2010
1
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.
JJSkeete  7/29/2010
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Too religious to use, but sounds kind of cool.
vomiting  6/12/2009
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A marginally more attractive English form of the name is Hepsibeth.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2009
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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!
Pie  10/23/2008
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Pompous and foreign-sounding, and the nicknames would all surely be crap.
slight night shiver  6/1/2008
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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.
Eps  2/21/2008
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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.
Eps  2/21/2008
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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.
Swallowtail  11/28/2007
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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  10/24/2006
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A famous bearer of the name was the pianist Hephzibah Menhuin, sister of the violinist Yehudi Menhuin.
Laleroc  7/5/2005

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