Jezebel: Good Name For A Blog, But What About A Baby?

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A pregnant reader has written in looking for advice on the name "Jezebel": "It sounds pretty and to me, it represents a girl who is bold... is it a really bad idea to name a girl Jezebel?"


Her email continues:

I'm stuck in the South—what if people look down on us... for giving her a harlot name? What if she gets older and people call her Jizz? Could a name like Jezebel become a prophecy?

Like I said, I love the name Jezebel, but at the same time I wouldn't want
to be one of those parents that curses their child with a stupid name. This
is a kid, after all, not a cat.

Former Jezebel editor Moe Tkacik once weighed in on why Jezebel is an awesome name for a blog, but, being named after a woman the Old Testament depicts as "a truly vicious tyrant who makes all the Israelites join her own heathenous religion and kills a lot of people" could be rough on a girl too young to defend herself through blogging.

She may have an easier life with a "Jezebel" variant like "Jessabell," but our own Irin Carmon says those can be problematic too:

I actually just found out that Jezebel is a variant on Isabel (maybe everyone knew this, but it was sort of a revelation for this Hebrew speaker). It's not a popular name in Israel because it sounds like the words for "island of garbage."


Iron & Wine thinks Jezebel is a name worth singing about, but Hortense found an old religion book called All of the Women of the Bible that's pretty anti-Jezebel (see image above).

The best person to ask would probably be... a woman named Jezebel. Fourteen Jezebels responded to a survey on Baby Names World, and 72% said they liked their name. But, the majority also reported being teased because of it. Said one:

They called me a whore so much it got a problem. Since my name is another word for prostitute people began to believe tha I actually was one. The boys started un-buttoning my shirt and attempted to panse me constantly. One guy actually came in to the girls bathroom and took pictures of me while i was changing. I was hurt so much by all of this that i legally changed my name to Bella. I cant imagin the type of person who would want this name.


Which does make "Isabel" sound a lot more appealing.

Jezebel By Iron & Wine [Grooveshark]
Should You Name Your Baby Girl Jezebel? [Baby Names World]


Earlier: Jezebel: A Love Letter To The Most Awesome Name In The Universe



Marge: Homer, I've been thinking, if the baby's a boy, what do you think of the name Larry?

Homer: Marge, we can't do that! All the kids will call him `Larry Fairy'.

Marge: Well, how about Louie?

Homer: They'll call him `Screwy Louie'.

Marge: Bob?

Homer: `Flob'.

Marge: Luke?

Homer: `Puke'.

Marge: Marcus?

Homer: `Mucus'.

Marge: What about Bart?

Homer: Let's see... Bart, Cart, Dart, Ee-art... Nope, can't see any problem with that!