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From the name of a minor biblical character, from Hebrew [script needed] meaning "whom God benefits".
- A female given name.
- And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
- 1708 Cotton Mather, Diary of Cotton Mather: 1681-1708, Massachusetts Historical Society, page 186:
- This morning, in my study, praying for each of my Children by Name (as I use to do) I left the Name of my Mehetabel unmentioned. I wondred at this Omission, in myself and blam'd and chid myself, that I should bee so sottish, as having but three children to forgett one of them.