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- (given name): IPA(key): /ˈhɛpzɪbə/, /ˈhɛfzɪbə/
- (town in Georgia): IPA(key): /ˈhɛpzɪbə/
- Hyphenation: Heph‧zi‧bah
- A female given name of Biblical origin. Used by Puritans in the 17th and 18th century, but rare today.
- Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
- 1861 George Eliot ( Mary Ann Evans ): Silas Marner:
- "My mother's name was Hephzibah," said Silas, "and my little sister was named after her."
- "Eh, that's a hard name," said Dolly. "I partly think it isn't a christened name."
- "It's a Bible name," said Silas, old ideas recurring.
- "Then I've no call to speak again' it," said Dolly, rather startled by Silas's knowledge on this head; " - - - But it was awkward calling you little sister by such a hard name, when you'd got nothing big to say,like - wasn't it, Master Marner?"
- "We called her Eppie," said Silas.
- 1913 Eleanor Porter: Pollyanna: Chapter 7:
- "Well, anyhow," she chuckled, "you can be glad it isn't Hephzibah."
- "Yes. Mrs White's name is that. Her husband calls her 'Hep', and she doesn't like it. She says when he calls out 'Hep - Hep!' she feels as if the next minute he was going to yell,'Hurrah!'"
- A town in Richmond County, Georgia, United States