Given Name ZEBULUN

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: זְבוּלֻן (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: ZEB-yoo-lən (English)  [details]

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.


biblical, gift, sons of Jacob, sons of Leah, twelve tribes of Israel, uncertain etymology
VARIANT: Zebulon
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Zaboulon (Biblical Greek), Zevulun (Biblical Hebrew), Zabulon (Biblical Latin)
Entry updated May 31, 2018