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It actually does have a pretty ring to it, but it still smacks of corruption and evil. A jezebel (usually left uncapitalized) is usually seen today as a vamp, temptress, or any immoral or corrupt woman.
-- gaelruadh19  4/27/2005
I really like this name but I would be afraid to use it because it just has awful stories to go along with it. Does anyone know of any good stories that go with it? I do know that it was used in the movie Jacob's Ladder (1990). The character is Jacob's girlfriend but I can't tell if she is a good or evil character. It's a crazy movie, you would have to see it to understand what I'm talking about.
-- Shayde  1/15/2006
Even though Jezebel is a pretty name, I wouldn't name anybody it. Jezebel was a person in the bible who wanted Elija killed. She was wicked and evil, she hated god and all the Christians.
-- amber monkey  3/17/2006
The stories about Jezebel are completely historically false. Jezebel was a strong leader and Queen of Persia and she was depicted in such a way in the Old Testament because, like most of the Bible, it subjegates women. All recent secular studies on Jezebel have revealed the long held beliefs of her to be completely false and have actually depicted her in quite the opposite way.
-- poetic_freedom  3/20/2006
No, Jezebelle was a very evil queen. Look in a Bible, and you can read about her. I agree, it IS a VERY pretty name, but it's completely ruined. It's a shame.
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2006
You say to 'look in the Bible'...do you believe everything you read? The Bible is NOT and I repeat NOT a historical document. It is purely religious. Historians who have no religious ties, who have run secular historical studies have all said that Jezebel was in fact a strong and good leader. The Bible is a timely piece of literature in that it was written at a time when women were looked down upon and subjegated. A leader who was not only a women, but also a powerful, capable and successful leader would have been seen as a threat to many men at the time hence they wrote about her negatively. She was not evil.

That being said, many people will not know this so unfortunately many people assume Jezebel was evil. However I see no problem as someone using this as a name for their daughter especially in an increasingly secular world.
-- poetic_freedom  4/8/2006
Jezebel *was* an evil woman. The gods she worshipped, the ones from her culture, required the burning alive of infants as sacrifices. She propogated this horrible religion throughout Israel during her reign. "Strong" does not always mean "good."
As far as the Bible being strictly a religious document, not intended as a historical record, it has been found to be extremely accurate when recording historical events. This has been proven through archaeology and other historical documents.
The Bible also promotes the strength and rights of women. As examples read the stories of Deborah, Esther, and Sarah, for starters.
-- breakofday  5/23/2006
Claiming Jezebel was an "evil" woman is strictly subject to interpretation, which will be biased if you consider the Bible to be an accurate text. Jezebel was looked down upon by Biblical Israel because she held her own business affairs independent of her husband, King Ahab. It was the prophets of Israel who accused her of misdeeds - with no basis, of course - which led to her death. She was a threat because she was a powerful woman.
-- sarahj  11/11/2007
A beautiful name. A Jezebel would be taunted and ashamed of her namesake, in my opinion. But she is funny, strong, and smart. I really love this name. I'll probably name my daughter it if I have a daughter when I grow older. She isn't the Biblical Jezebel, is she? Still, I don't know.
-- Mithos514  4/8/2006
I absolutely love this name, I think it's unique and beautiful.
-- katea  7/6/2006
Personally, I think Jezebel is a beautiful name. It has a nice ring to it, and leaves the impression of someone fiery and independent (in my opinion).

I doubt I would name a child Jezebel however. Even if people don't care or agree with the biblical interpretation of the woman Jezebel, there is the term "jezebel" which is usually a slander toward a woman who is presumably gaudy, trashy, or reprehensible. When I was growing up, I actually heard a lot of people telling women to not be 'jezebels'.
-- mekkoneko  7/11/2006
In the North American dub of the 'Pokemon' anime, Jezebel is the name of James' fiance. James did not want to marry her, however, and in the end of the episode ran away, back to his beloved Jessie and their life of crime. And also Meowth.
-- Belldandy  7/28/2006
Actually, Belldandy, James's fiancée in the Pokémon dub was named Jessiebelle/Jessebelle, a combination of Jessie/Jesse's name plus the term "Southern belle". However, I don't doubt for a moment that Jessiebelle's dub name was also influenced by Jezebel, given her "evil" nature and the fact that she was ultimately defeated by a dog (James's pet Growlithe, Growlie).
-- Randee15  7/23/2007
You might as well name your daughter Cruella DeVille as to name her Jezebel.
-- DLB  8/30/2006
I do not dislike this name. However, I would not name a child that.
-- zev  9/23/2006
Regardless of historical fact behind the bible, Jezebel is a pretty name and you could use a nickname, but I wouldn't name my child thus because of the connotations associated with a Jezebel.
-- Anonymous User  9/23/2006
The name Jezebel reminds me of a hooker from New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century.
-- xKatiex  9/24/2006
Regardless of the Biblical ties, this is a hideous name.
-- khaotickharma  11/2/2006
I absolutely love this name, but unfortunately I could never use it. I personally don't really have any qualms with the association - people have given kids names with worse associations - but I think my family would, since most of my family is Christian. (I am too, but the association doesn't bug me.) It's a shame, since I really do like the name a lot.
-- Anonymous User  11/12/2006
"Jezebel" is an incredibly pretty song by Iron and Wine. I also named my dog Jezebel Lynn because she looks like some kind of Southern belle.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2006
Jezebel was the name of a movie starring Bette Davis. Her character was a rebellious and outspoken Southern belle.
-- sarahj  1/5/2007
I think Jezebel is a beauiful name, it's a shame that it is tied to the Biblical character. I agree with poetic_freedom, the Bible is a religious document not a historical one. So therefore I would have no problem in naming my daughter this.
-- little_sootball  2/15/2007
I absolutely love the name Jezebel and completely agree with poetic_freedom about her views on the bible. And, though the connotations aren't the best, I honestly would not think twice before naming a daughter Jezebel. The name sounds and looks beautiful and anyone who has a problem with it because of some sketchy things written with biased views, will just have to suck it up.
-- writing the world  2/24/2007
Getting into a narrow minded discussion about the truth of the Bible and "God says she was evil" I am forced to point out - it's a BOOK. Everyone writes them. They're the VIEWPOINT of the author - in this case, four men. Whether Jezebel was an evil satanic demoness (I highly doubt it) or a feminist symbol (just as erroneous) I am sticking to the facts - It's the name of a Persian Queen. The ONLY fact mentioned at all. It may be a purely atheist rational, but, sue me, I can't be expected to champion a view I don't believe in. I think it's pretty, it's after a Persian Queen, so too bad for judgemental people, I'm using that name.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  3/8/2007
I've been considering "Jezebel" as well as "Lilith" as names for twin girls. It's classy, strong and feminine. Women can stand up for themselves. (And be on top.)
-- VictoriaCalledTori  3/8/2007
I don't like Jezebel as a name, and if I had never heard of the Jezebel in the Bible I would still not like it.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2007
I really like this name, soundwise. It reminds me of Isabel. Normally, the Bible would not hinder my choosing of a name, but this name is so closely linked with the Biblical Jezebel, and has even become a word in the English language associated purely with her, that it is really quite unusable. It's sad, though. Maybe someday some people will start using it more as a name and then become a more viable option, once it sheds some of its association.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2007
I think that the name is beautiful. Perhaps it is a generational thing, but the negative connotations of the use of the name a term is a bit lost on me. Instead, my impression is someone who is resilient, strong and reliable. From a Bibical perspective, the sexual connotations makes little sense, other than the sad, tired and sexist syllogism of: if she is a woman, and she is "bad", then she must be promiscuous. By the way, I don't know if there was a historical Persian queen named Jezebel, but I believe Kings refers to the princess from the Phoenician kingdom.
-- simon  5/10/2007
I love this name and have ever since I was little and my mom made me listen to a song called "Jezebel" by Sade.

Why did her name have to be Jezebel!? Why not something else like, maybe, Hortense - a name that's too ugly for anyone to actually want to use?
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2007
According to the televison show, The Naked Archaeologist, Jezebel was an altered name. A letter was added to her name which originally meant "Virgin of Baal". The added letter apparently put a negative spin on the name and changed the meaning to "Whore of Baal".
-- Little-Beeps  5/28/2007
If it's pretty, then use it. If you like it, use it. For God's sake, not using it because of the Bible is like not calling a child the same name a celebrity has who has done something "bad."
-- Surreal  6/13/2007
Even though it was a long time ago when these comments were written, I still want to say that this is NOT a baby name site, this is a GENERAL name site, so nobody will necessarily name their child this.
-- bibi66  6/14/2007
I've heard before that the name Jezebel can also mean "joy of Ba'al." Jezebel's niece was actually the founder of Carthage (where Hannibal is from). Jezebel wasn't a Persian queen. She was the Caananite wife of an Israeli king named Ahab. Ahab was a weakling. It was Jezebel who ruled Israel. That's what Elijah confronted Ahab on and that's why Jezebel hated Elijah so much.
-- Atarah Derek  7/12/2007
As for naming a child this, I would constantly worry about the kind of abuse religious-minded people would heap upon her (such as we have seen evidence of here). What little girl deserves such treatment? Although I think the slur "Jezebel" in terms of a morally loose and corrupt woman is fading from use, and you could easily use the nicknames "Jez" or "Belle", I would still worry about religious zealots being rude to the poor child. Poor Jezebel!
-- Star Sister  7/22/2007
If people are so hung up on not naming their daughters Jezebel because of the Biblical connotations, why do people still name their daughters Eve and its variants? Perhaps my Biblical knowledge is dusty, but wasn't Eve the one that got mankind kicked out of the Garden of Eden? Though I like both names, Eve's connotations seem a bit more harsh than Jezebel's.
-- heycassadilla  7/31/2007
Personaly, I wouldn't name my Kid after someone who came against one of God's Prophets. And, have you ever heard of a "Jezebel Spirit?" Name your kid Jezebel if you want to, but I'm not going to be naming my kid after a Demon Spirit that's been haunting the churches for years.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2007
I don't like this name, not just because of the negative associations. I don't like the way it sounds more than any other reason.
-- scarletquillraven  10/19/2007
I'd rather be a "Jezebel" than an "Eve"! Eve did more harm, according to the Bible anyway, to Mankind in a broad general sense than Jezebel ever did! And yet people name their daughters Eve ALL THE TIME! If you want to stick to your adamant belief that the Bible is the "unerring inspired word of God", then how could you ever honor Eve? According to your very own scripture, she is the CAUSE OF ALL ORIGINAL SIN IN EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME! Whoa! All Jezebel seems to have done is be as brutal as any other ruler back in those days! Do you think her male counterparts were any sweeter?! Sheesh. A man does something and he's just doing what men do. A woman does the same thing and she's evil! Disgusting! I've added Jezebel to my favorites. It deserves reconsidering. As does Eve, for the opposite reason.
-- leananshae  12/18/2007
When I hear the name Jezebel, I think of a southern belle with a sassy attitude and free spirit. Regardless of the negative associations with Biblical Jezebel, I still like this name very much. The name may have a bad reputation, but what if a child named Jezebel turned out to be quite the opposite of her "corrupt" namesake? Parents-to-be should not be discouraged by a name's reputation.
-- ICEyun  1/6/2008
I'm not Christian, or of any religion for that matter, so the meaning of the name is pretty useless to me. Most people don't name their children something because of the meaning anyways. I fully intend to use Jezebel as one of my future daughter's middle or first names. It's got a rather pretty ring to it.
-- bijou_caoimhe  1/15/2008
I would NEVER EVER EVER name my poor daughter this. She would be teased as all get-out. I recommend other names like Abigail or Hannah. But NOT JEZEBEL. Never ever never. No way. Nope. No sir.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
Before I came to this site, I have never heard of the Biblical Jezebel, but I didn't like it anyway. Free of all Biblical connections, "Jezebel" makes me think of some especially trampy flapper in a feathered hat and smoking a long cigarette with a Cruella deVil-esque grin.
And as for the Biblical Jezebel, I highly doubt that her REAL name was Jezebel. Why would ANYONE name their child, especially one of high social class, name their child something meaning "Not exhalted"? Wouldn't it make a lot more sense for her name to be some other Phoenician name (let's call her Monica, which according to this site is, in fact a Phoenician name.) Maybe there was a Queen Monica who wasn't well liked by the Ancient Hebrews to the point to where she was nicknamed Jezebel ("Not exhalted") and writen about under that name, and there was, in fact, a good, strong queen at some other time, who had a name meaning "Daughter of Ba'al" or "Virgin of Ba'al" which happpens to sound like Jezebel. And even if both their names WERE Jezebel, or if Abram's wife suffered from Multiple Personaliy Syndrom, it doesn't mean anything. I have a strange name (Colleen) and the only other person with this name is as different from me as can be. So please stop arguing over ancient queens who may or may not have had this name.

Over all, I'd say skip it. If you feminist mothers want to name your daughter after a strong woman, I don't think that giving a girl something meaning "Not exhalted" would do any good. How about Minerva, Diana, Athena, Susan, Elizabeth, Florence, Rosalind or even Boudicca if you want to be unique. And for you who like the sound, how about Jessica Isabelle?
-- Lady Seashell  2/18/2008
Jezebel is a great song by Two Hours Traffic that talks positively about a girl named Jezebel.
-- FuschiaNicole  3/1/2008
I love this name. It sounds so pretty. Unfortunately, because of all the bad connotations that come along with it, I never would. Except, perhaps, for a cat.
-- black_lace  3/3/2008
Also "Jazibel", Ja- from "Jasmine", -zibel being an alternate spelling of "-ezebel".
-- dOMITUPSYK  3/21/2008
People might just take it as a statement of something if you use this name, even though many surely think it sounds cool. I don't. It comes off as a tacky name, and it's the name of a stupid website that arrogant and mean people drop comments on.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
Alright folks, some of y'all need to know your ancient history before one goes negative on a word or meaning of a name. Look at it from this persepctive. Jezebel firstly does mean "Virgin/Daughter of Ba'al". Jezebel was born a princess and apprentice of the Mother Goddess (who has had many names over the centuries Astarte, Isis, Azna, Sophia, Anahita, Diana, Aphrodite, the list goes on) eventually not only did she become Queen but also a high priestess of the Mother Goddess (this title was generalized as a Fertility God/Goddess, Hence "Mother", one who gives birth). Jezebel was persecuted by Elijah for her religious and spiritual beliefs. In Ancient times "virgin" meant something different than it does today. Virgins then were priestesses of different God's or Goddesses of the day (none were necessarily chaste, this was never enforced, always a personal decision, most Priestesses were Mothers themselves). During Jezebel's time the "One God" (which to me has always been Mother & Father God, just interpreted differently by different cultures and different ideas and understandings, which leads to religous and spiritual intolerance) which was being considered patriarichial in nature only rather than the balance of male & female. It was "Man's" way of controlling the masses of what is right and what is wrong but eventually became about greed and control only. Jezebel was no harlot by any means she was a spiritual woman who believed in the Mother and Father God aspects. She was a patroness of women who has been stamped out by "HIStory" such as Lilith, Eve and Mary Magdalena. Jezebel's crime? Worshipping false idols? One interpretation. Technically She was the High Priestess for our "true" Mother but she maintained the balance by her name, meaning the daughter of our Father (daughter of Ba'al *just another name, no bad or evil god). Jezebel was a casualty of the process of squelching out the belief in the feminine aspect. Therefore, she was written in the bible simply as bad and evil, a harlot. Well that simply was not true. Archaeology has already begun proving some of these aspects as to whom Jezebel was. I have always loved the name, personally. I now have a 6 month old beautiful daughter with that name, slightly different spelling. All my daughters have strong namesakes that were once Queens. I think the true story behind Jezebel is an awesome namesake. A strong woman, princess, Queen, High Priestess who was sacrificed for her religious beliefs. Elijah showed no religious tolerance, understanding or acceptance (he is the evil one). God, be it Mother God or Father God, omnipotent and loving would not have had her destroyed. That is mankinds resolve. I hope this has been helpful and enlightening.
-- SageSpiritWolf  5/5/2008
Regardless of the negative historical connotations, the sound of this name is so gorgeous. And I definitely prefer it to the super-popular Isabelle/Isabel/Isabella.
-- pennycarroll  5/13/2008
In English, "jezebel" is also used as a noun to describe a "shameless" woman.
-- FMRadio  6/3/2008
People only think "Jezebel" means "Shameless" because of the bible story about Jezebel. It's too bad that bible story has ruined this name for people. I think it sounds beautiful. I believe it would be brave to name your daughter this name. But be prepared for your little girl to be taunted by it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bigots in this world.
-- Coffeebean  6/5/2008
A jezebal is a stripper in France. I'd never name my daughter this!
-- Paris44  6/30/2008
This name is child abuse to use on an innocent child. Who wants to carry around the name of a great whore who angered God? I didn't think anyone would want to. It's just plain cruel.
-- bananarama  7/27/2008
I just thought that if you like the sound but don't want to use the name because of what is written in the Bible you might call her Jessabel or Jessabelle. I'm usually not into alternate spellings but this is pronounced a bit differently and still has the same feel.
-- Lily8  8/2/2008
After doing much research on this name (lots of help from above comments as well) I am pleased to say that regardless of English connotations and with a sense of the *true* and originally intended meanings for this name - I am using the variation "Jezebelle" for my first daughter due in October. Many parents are beginning to use "off" names and I've always found this one as beautiful, strong, independent, and rarely used. It also has the "darker" feel to it (probably because of the connotations but oh well) that I like. I really thank those who have done the intense research on why it came to have such a reputation, and I hope that it changes someday. Jezebelle it is. Thank you for reassurance (I was a little scared because of the negativity that usually follows) I feel much better about my choice.
-- ToxikSedation  8/23/2008
Jezebel is beautiful. Just like "Isobel", but even nicer! I might use Jezebel, or Jezebella, when I have a daughter of my own. I AM religious, but then again, people still use Eve, and Eve brought sin into the world!
Also, giving someone a name after someone who was good or bad doesn't make THEM good or bad. I've met many horrible little Marys, Davids, Josephs, etc - so what's to say that little Jezebel won't be a lovely little girl, and a credit to her parents?
If you meet one nice Jezebel, then you might not think of the bad one any more, will you? You're not likely to try to burn someone at the stake because of their name! It's the person that matters, and how they choose to use their name.
Nicknames I would use include Jez, Jess, Jezza and Belle/Bella.
-- Sophannagh  9/28/2008
If only there was another way to spell it, I would name my daughter this. Then it wouldn't be so harsh.
-- Anonymous User  10/11/2008
I find it so funny that someone wouldn't name their kid something because of the bible.
-- Anonymous User  11/8/2008
This name has grown on me since I first heard it. I have always loved its sound, but felt a bit uncomfortable because of its meaning or let’s say history and reputation. Now it’s one of my absolute favourites, maybe not as a first name, but never say never.

We will never know the truth about the biblical Jezebel’s character and for me personally it’s at least possible, if not likely, that the bible – written by men also in order to contribute to a patriarchal discourse – portrayed a woman in a bad light – not necessarily because she was evil, but strong and independent and thus resisted the contemporary power regime (see discussion above).

The reputation that has stuck to this name for the last 2000 odd years doesn’t make it an easy name, but let me put it like this: this name wouldn’t be a gift, it would be something like an assignment. I would wish my future daughter would grow a woman strong enough to stand against a tradition of badmouthing and raised eyebrows when asked after her name.

Plus. Iron & wine’s song is beautiful enough to make up for almost everything – even the bible. ;-)
-- mcqueen  11/19/2008
Oh and if you think of the point sophannagh made about Eve, it kinda puts everything into a new perspective. Why is the name of the woman who supposedly led to humans (not to say, well, ‘man’) being thrown out of paradise so popular and even makes it into official ratings, while Jezebel is rejected on grounds of its biblical history? A clear case of double standards in my book.
-- mcqueen  11/19/2008
Jade used to mean 'hussy' too, and that's been reappropriated, so if people like the name, why not use it? Alternatively, if you like the sound but not the connotations, there's Jesahel, which is similar - seems to be a South American name from the examples I can find.
-- Pie  11/23/2008
Just because you name someone Jezebel, or anything for that matter, doesn't mean that they will grow up to be what a /book's/ /depiction/ of her is.
-- eschantie  12/14/2008
All right, I would have responded to the comments above (the really indented ones) but I didn't get here in time. So here's how I see it: Jezebel IN THE BIBLE was not nice- I don't think anyone disputes that. But the bible wasn't meant to be taken as a historical text- for example, not even official Church canon says the earth was created in 7 24-hr periods. Like Lilith, Jezebel has a negative connotation because of a patriarchal society, but that doesn't make her irrevocably evil. I think Jezebel got a bad rap because of events around her time period, but it's time to let old grievances lie. Ranting aside, while I like the name, I would never use it because of those same negative connotations- which is a pity, because I really like it.
-- corvina  4/12/2009
If I were to use this name for my daughter I would spell it Jezzebel, Jezebele, or Jezebelle.
-- kool_babe14  5/13/2009
I love the name, from beginning to end. I wouldn't, however, call a child this for fear of getting teased or even 'living up to the name that people refer to an evil woman', do you know what I mean? I think Jezebel is a great name, nothing will change its beauty.
-- 1998emma  7/10/2009
I'm an atheist and even I don't think it a very usable first name. I know I wouldn't want it. If not for its use as a synonym for a wicked/immoral woman (check any dictionary), I'd be less inclined to give a crap about the heavily biased negative Biblical angle.

She was a Phoenician princess, a Queen of Israel, wanted to worship her own gods (naturally), speak her mind and conduct business affairs independent of her husband, King Ahab. As a Phoenician royal, that's what she was used to. That didn't fly in patriarchal (and boring old) Israel and she got vilified for it.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2009
And her name did not originally mean "not exalted". That's utter nonsense. Even in death, she got another kick in the face. Her original name is a direct link to her prime Phoenician god, Ba'al.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2009
I commented a few months ago about wanting to use the name, with the -ELLE at the end. Well, now almost ten months after my daughter was born I have to admit I couldn't be happier with her name. I've had a few comments here and there, though nothing terrible and nasty - yet. I've actually received more compliments on the name that rude remarks! There are a couple of people who refuse to say Jezebelle, and refer to her only as "Belle" but I'm okay with that and we use the nickname Belle frequently. I'm sad that some do feel discouraged in using this name, but I hope to give some encouragement to it - though I like the uniqueness. Perhaps the connotation isn't great, but my daughter is amazingly wonderful and I know a few other new parents (and old) that are jealous of her good temperament. It's a very strong and bold name, and I think it's perfect.
-- ToxikSedation  8/17/2009
Well first I would like to say I have a 2 year old baby girl named JEZEBEHL! For what is worth no one has ever said anything bad about the name, if anything they love the name, they say it is cute. At first people try to warn me about the meaning and who Jezebel was in the bible. And well just because someone has a certain name don't mean they are gonna be the same. There are a lot of judgmental people and ignorant people out in the world but what can you do? I just love the name and I don't regret it because my Jezebehl makes my day everyday a very happy loving and caring baby! I'm glad there are other girls named Jezebel, it is a beautiful name.
-- cyncity  8/29/2009
Jezebel (Jez) is the name of the main character in L. J Smith's book Huntress from the Night World series. She is strong and beautiful and I adore this name!
-- RebeccaJulia  1/4/2010
Jezebel brings to mind a thieving, murdering, Jew-hating, baby-burning, manipulative promiscuous woman. Who persecuted anyone who didn't worship Ashtoreth (the Madame of Canaan's sex trafficking industry), Molech (the baby burner), and Baal (the egotistical maniac who looks like Cliff Simon). Therefore, I like the name only on villains.
-- Atarah Derek  1/12/2010
Even without the cultural taboo surrounding it, it sounds trashy.
-- Aureliano  2/28/2010
I personally like this name quite a bit, even with the Biblical connection. I didn't even know that it was a noun in the dictionary, and I don't think most teens and children know it either. However, the first time I heard this name, it was for a male character in a graphic novel I was reading called Godchild (That translation spelt it Jizabel, not Jezebel though), so it has more of a unisex aspect to me. I don't know if I'd ever use it though.
-- Senrin_Sky  4/7/2010
Jizabel may be an alternate version of this name. However, the only time I've ever seen it used was for a male.
-- missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
The German form of this name is Isebel.
(Not to be confused with Isabel!)
It has, however, always been rare as a given name and is almost completely forgotten nowadays.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2010
For starters, I do think that Jezebel was a powerful, strategic, cold woman who ordered the prophets of Israel murdered (among other things), and adorned herself in all her jewelry/finery before receiving her final judgement. I don't think the historical Jezebel is someone to be admired.

However, I don't see nearly so much hatred for the name Ahab. King Ahab was an idiot doormat who went along with what Jezebel did, yet more people associate the name with the "Moby Dick" character than the historic king. In my opinion Ahab is just as detestable, if not more so, than the historical Jezebel. Yet Jezebel is the one constantly criticised for luring the Israelites into worship of Baal (the Phoenician god); "going to her death like a prostitute" (taking her worldly treasures with her, as if that defined her worth and success in the world); etc. Ahab was the idiot who let all of this happen, yet he is not nearly so vehemently despised.

Centuries (millenia?) later, "Jezebel" becomes a term which denotes "a wicked, shameless woman"; and you have parents/elders telling young girls, "Don't grow up to be a Jezebel!" (Jade unfortunately gained a similar reputation somehow.) Heck, a movie about such a woman titled "Jezebel" came out in 1938, starring Bette Davis as the "Jezebel." Basically, a woman who leads a good man to go the wrong way is labelled with the name. And a beautiful name becomes tainted by usage as an epithet.

You know what I say? To hell with epithets. Seriously, an "evil" namesake can actually be quite beneficial: "I named you Jezebel so you wouldn't do the same things she did; so you would turn the name into something wonderful." It would be a heavy name to bear, true, but it would most definitely help to build character. And it *is* a GORGEOUS name.

Like someone stated earlier: people still name their daughters Eve; and she is often looked at as the reason humanity is not still in Eden!

All Jezebel needs is a little bit of a revolution, for people to recognize the good qualities over the bad. Apparently (since this might not be wholly accurate), in Biblical Hebrew Jezebel can also mean "there is no nobility." No nobility, no hierarchy--deep down, we are all on the same level in this world. I think that's a great name meaning to have.

Wow... I didn't expect my post to be so long! Okay, end rant. :-)
-- erb816  8/20/2010
This is a stunning name, truly, it is very gorgeous. It is something my mother wanted to name me (like Delilah and Lillith) that my father wouldn't allow because a.) they had negative connotations, thanks to religion and b.) They sounded like stripper names.
Sadly, although a huge amount of people (myself included) think the theories about Jezebel being an evil temptress are false, there are many more "my-religion-or-die" Christians out there who will refuse to interact with poor Jezebel just because of her name! And also, the term "Jezebel" that has a similar meaning to "jade" is still in use, and it might provoke teasing, and also ridicule from adults toward the parents.
I myself am a liberal atheist 13-year-old girl, and even I know the name limits. Naming a poor girl Jezebel would ensure shunning and teasing, and she'd never be taken seriously by possible employers.

I still believe this name is truly and amazingly beautiful, easily one of my favorites, but sadly, it is virtually unusable. I picture a tall, slender, pale girl with long, lush black hair who always has sorrow in her eyes.
Maybe a crazy celebrity will revive it one day, hopefully before my future children are born, so I could use it on a daughter.
-- DaphneSusan  12/13/2010
Ok so I am another proud mother who named her daughter Jezabel... I spelled it differently of course. I heard the name on a tv show while pregnant and fell in love with it. I didn't know there was a meaning behind it so I just used it as my daughter's middle name. When I finally saw what people had to say about it online I still didn't care. Jezabel is a wonderful name! I say if you like the name then use it! It's your child, name them whatever you want!
-- Anonymous User  1/14/2011
HORRIBLE. Why would any person name their daughter this after reading the story of Elijah in the bible. She was evil and for punishment was eaten by wild dogs. Isn't this a terrible association to have with a name? I think so. Please don't name your daughter this... it's just cruel.
-- Anonymous User  1/17/2011
Even without the religious connotations, I think it sounds harsh and ugly.
-- Christina Rose  3/13/2011
Hi, I would just like to say that my name is Jezabel and I grew up in the 80's and 90's with this name. I can say first hand that my name was not easy at all to live with. I was teased, harassed and scrutinized because of it. I was surprised at how many kids knew of this name and I can tell that none of them heard anything good of it. I've gotten into many, many, many fights over this name. On one occasion, this girl in my 4th grade class comes up to me and says "You know, your name suits you". I'm not a person of much words so my reaction was to punch her in her face which happened quite often. And it's funny because I was always a shy, quiet tomboy and kept to myself growing up and these girls that would taunt me were mean, selfish, rude.. And their names were Sarah, Mercedes, Jessica, Tiffany. I mean they had beautiful names. So I would ask myself who was really the Jezebel? I told myself the first chance I'd get, I would change my name legally. Well, years later I have 4 kids, I still haven't changed it. In adulthood, I've met many wonderful people that loved the name so much and in a way convinced me to keep it. I've met other women with that name and we'd share stories of what we went through and now I feel better about it. Times have changed as it always does and I've learned to accept it. And I feel especially now that I know there was more to the stories that I heard or read about Jezebel. (which was very little in the bible) Thanks to all those who really did their research on her and posted it on here. I have a sense of proudness at this point in my life so I've chosen to live the remainder of it with my name. You know, this world is full of judgmental people and I try not to be one of those. And to those who do judge this name negatively : It's not a good idea to throw stones in a glass house!
-- JEZABEL  3/17/2011
Okay lets get this straight. I know someone called Jezebel and she's not bullied AT ALL. Why would she be!? She was an evil person in the bible? No. I don't know where YOU live but kids don't get teased because their name originates from someone evil in the bible. Most people don't care where your name comes from. Only if it's something like Bart or old fashioned. Or something like Willy or Dick. Jezebel? No. Most people don't even know about 'evil Jezebel'. Saying she'll get bullied with a name like. Jezebel? Ridiculous. No primary school child would mock her for having a name from the bible which was also the name of an evil woman. They won't know who the hell Jezebel was. Not all children are hardcore Christians.
-- DidiGiraffe  5/5/2011
Shame on the bad reputation; it's very pretty. Though to my ear it has a bit of a hillbilly edge.
-- Black_X  7/11/2011
There's always the alternative "Jessie-Belle" if you want to use this name! ;) Haha.
Despite this name having a bad association, I do quite like it, though I would use it for a character and not a baby girl. Plus, I'm sure if it didn't leave a bad taste in most people's mouths, it'd be higher in the name popularity charts, perhaps next to names such as Isabelle/Annabelle and the like.
-- CanadianChibi  7/12/2011
I am another mother that has named her daughter Jezebel. Personally I love the name and never fed into what the writers of the bible made the name out to be. What I believe now about naming my daughter this is, yes I have completely shocked people by naming my daughter Jezebel. There are very old school people that almost or do feel offended because they will not allow the name to pass through their mouth and insist on calling her Jessabel or my old Italian neighbor that has decided to nickname her Bella. Her teachers from the beginning have always been very kind and courteous probably because it's an ethical issue. But, as of lately her friends have asked her if she knows what the name means (slut) obviously because of the movie Easy A but anyway. I wish this wasn't the case and am mortified by the ignorant people that think the name is horrid. I have educated myself and read the book Jezebel by Lesley Hazelton. Which is non-fiction and much more accurate than the bible. The bottom line is I worry about the future when she doesn't get hired for a job because of her legal name or when some psycho acts terrible in whatever way because for whatever reason. You have to be a pretty bold person to name your daughter Jezebel but, with some of the names out their I feel pretty confident that the future will be more excepting. Also, the real queen of Israel was named Itha-Baal. The name has changed over time Jezebel means Noble God not slut. By naming your daughter Jezabel, Jezzebel or even Jessabel isn't going to change anything they all pretty much sound the same, some people will still have the same negative reaction. So like the rest of America you might as well name you daughter Isabel which is just the Spanish version of the name.
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2011
My name is Jezabelle, and I have always loved my name. Most people who I meet do as well. And I fully support those who have such a devout belief in their religion. However, there are many names in this world that, when looked up, have ridiculous meanings. "Chloe" is a beautiful name, but it means "green shoot."

So if we're getting all hyped up about names being bad and horrible because of what they mean, or one person in history who got a bad rap, I'd rather be named for a strong, independent female than a baby plant.
-- JezabelleFrances  11/11/2011
I personally think it's a really pretty name. I don't care about the other stuff. Besides, people who care about a person's name to the point where they would poke fun or discriminate are not the sort of people I would want my hypothetical child hanging around, and I would consider it a blessing for them to show their true colors at the outset.
-- sorrowbegetssolitude  1/11/2012
I like this name! I like the nicknames Jez, Jezzie, Jeza, and kind of Belle!
-- lakin5  3/1/2012
Though not a person, Jezebel is the name of a Gawker Media blog, targeted toward women, which has faced some controversy.
-- Dreghen  7/2/2012
We use plenty of names that are inappropriate for young children and nobody cares I don't see how this name is different. I love this name. I like the name Jessica but it so popular to the point I can't use it. And I also don't see how people use names like Eve and they get mad and go crazy over names like these.
-- 555jazzy  7/20/2012
In Japanese manga-ka Kaori Yuki’s series “Godchild, ” one of the main characters is a male named “Jizabel” (presumably pronounced “JIHZ-ah-behl”), whose name is a play on Jezebel and Abel (Jizabel’s brother’s name is Cain).
-- Anonymous User  9/5/2012
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.
-- Jiminy cricket  9/10/2012
You can't name your daughter this, you just can't. It's such a shame though that a biblical villian had to go and ruin it for the rest of us because it's honest to God a really cute sounding name.
-- nutmeg77  10/11/2012
Regardless of the debate over this name, I still think people should avoid this name. Jezebel is not a person you'd want to honor. I still don't get why anyone would want to justify Jezebel's actions. She's not bad for being a strong woman. She's bad for being arrogant and trying to destroy what people in Israel treasured the most (their faith in God). After all, Esther and Judith were strong too, and they were always viewed with respect.
-- Buneary  11/21/2012
I suspect that a child would be more likely to be ostracized for making Biblical allusions based on stranger's names than for actually being called Jezebel. I mean... Biblical name teasing? Unless the character happens to be someone as well-known as Satan or as embarrassing as Onan I don't see it happening. How many Adams and Eves are teased with apple innuendos? How many Thomases get "Doubting Thomas" chanted at them in the schoolyard? How many Leahs are told their husband prefers their sister? I think Jezebel is an acceptable name - after all, few people have problems with Eve or Delilah, the names of Bible's other bad girls. I'd say a girl named Jezebel is unlikely to be taunted about it, especially in today's increasingly secular world.
-- Anonymous User  12/9/2012
:) hallo my name is jesebel I thought the name kinda sound the same and maybe a better name if you want to name your child JEZEBEL just saying.
-- jessiejane1204  10/12/2013
I think this is a beautiful, rather uncommon name, and it's a shame it has several bad connotations. But surely you've heard sayings about something beautiful coming from adversity. I think the darkness (unfortunately) associated with it gives it even more beauty, and to me, gives the impression of a strong-willed, dignified, and confident woman--should they possess it in this day and age.
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2014
I think most of the ppl on here that have bashed the name Jezebel and keep saying look in the bible are ridiculous.... a name is a name... who are any of you to say it's wrong for someone else to name their baby what they like or want? Why is society so critical? grow up stop trying to live in the past. Everyone is entitled to name their children what they want people shouldn't be judged or ridiculed for your opinion... if you yourself do not like the name don't use it... But you should not judge others either... and for your information I am one of those people who are naming my baby. ( Jezebel ) which will be born in a matter of weeks now... thank you to all of positive open minded and supportive people.. the name is beautiful..
-- loretta  5/19/2014
It's a beautiful name, and I will be naming my child this if it turns out that we are having a girl.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2014

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