Hephzibah

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Etymology[edit]

From Classical Hebrew חֶפְצִי־בָהּ (ḥep̄ṣî-ḇāh, my delight is in her).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (given name): IPA(key): /ˈhɛpzɪbə/, /ˈhɛfzɪbə/
  • (town in Georgia): IPA(key): /ˈhɛpzɪbə/
  • Hyphenation: Heph‧zi‧bah

Proper noun[edit]

Hephzibah

  1. A female given name of Biblical origin. Used by Puritans in the 17th and 18th century, but rare today.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Isaiah 62:4:
      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."
      "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!'"
  2. A town in Richmond County, Georgia, United States