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Scriptsזְבוּלֻן Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.ZEB-yoo-lən English

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Ugartic zbl meaning "prince". In the Old Testament Zebulun is the tenth son of Jacob (his sixth son by Leah) and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Genesis 30:20 implies two different roots for the name: זָבַל (zaval) meaning "to dwell" and זֵבֵד (zeved) meaning "gift, dowry". These are probably only folk etymologies.
Other Languages & CulturesZaboulon Biblical Greek Zevulun Biblical Hebrew Zabulon Biblical Latin


biblical, gift, sons of Jacob, sons of Leah, twelve tribes of Israel, uncertain etymology
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute