How popular is the baby name Jezebel in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Jezebel and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Jezebel.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Jezebel

Number of Babies Named Jezebel

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Jezebel

26 Girl Names from 1916

In early 1916, Photoplay Magazine came up with a list of potential titles for serial films using the formula established by The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Hazards of Helen (1914).

Not-Yet Serials, Photoplay Magazine, January 1916

(Just a few months after the above was published, The Mysteries of Myra came out.)

Which of those 26 names — Abigail, Bertha, Calpurnia, Delilah, Evangeline, Florence, Garnet, Hazel, Imogene, Jezebel, Kitty, Lizzie, Margaret, Nancy, Orillia, Priscilla, Queenie, Roberta, Sibyl, Theodosia, Ursula, Victoria, Winifred, Xanthippe, Yetta or Zira — do you like best?

And, which of those serials would you be most likely to watch? :)

Baby Names in the Catholic Church

Ever wonder about the Catholic church’s stance on baby names?

Here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about a baby’s baptismal name:

This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who has lived a life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The “baptismal name” can also express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue.

Here’s more from the Code of Canon Law:

Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to take care that a name foreign to Christian sensibility is not given.

Lucifer and Jezebel would be examples of names that are foreign to Christian sensibility.

And here’s something interesting from The Catholic Encyclopedia:

The priest is directed to see that obscene, fabulous, and ridiculous names, or those of heathen gods or of infidel men be not imposed. On the contrary the priest is to recommend the names of saints. This rubric is not a rigorous precept, but it is an instruction to the priest to do what he can in the matter. If parents are unreasonably obstinate, the priest may add a saint’s name to the one insisted upon.

That’s right–the priest may throw in another name, if he deems it necessary. (I’ve heard of this happening, but never witnessed it.)

Sources: CCC 2156, CIC 855, Ten Questions about Canon Law, The Catholic Encyclopedia

Biblical Baby Names for Girls – Jezebel, Sapphira, Tirzah

Several days ago, Fred Clark of Slacktivist blogged about a sort of ‘biblical gap’ in baby names:

The annual list of popular baby names from the Social Security Administration is chock full of biblical names on the boy’s side — 13 out of the top 20. Less so on the girl’s side — only six of the top 20.

To even things out, he came up with 7 female names from the Bible that “deserve wider usage”: Tirzah, Jael, Deborah, Sophia, Susanna, Phoebe and Priscilla.

He also warned about 7 biblical names “to avoid”: Leah, Jezebel, Sapphira, Gomer, Lo-Ruhammah, Noah and Hoglah.

I agree with Fred that Tirzah and Phoebe are great-but-underused names, and that Hoglah and Gomer are probably not advisable for baby girls in English-speaking countries.

On the other hand, though, I don’t think Sophia necessarily deserves wider usage (the name is already quite trendy), and I think Leah is a great name, despite the not-so-hot definition and associations.

What do you think? What are the best and worst biblical names out there (for girls or boys)?