I agree-I wouldn’t use [name]Jezebel[/name] because of its unfortunate meaning and association ([name]Jezebel[/name] was an evil [name]Queen[/name] in the bible-I personally don’t know too much about her, but I do know she was quite evil :o ). But I agree, [name]Jezebel[/name] does have an appealing sound. Also, it ends in “bel,” which is a sought-after ending these days when it comes to names (think [name]Isabel[/name]). Perhaps that’s why your friend wants to name her daughter [name]Jezebel[/name]-she likes the sound of it. I wonder if she has researched the meaning of [name]Jezebel[/name]? I’d be kind of surprised if she hasn’t-but then again, that would explain why she hasn’t vetoed [name]Jezebel[/name] and wants to name her daughter it…
You could always ask your friend casually if she has researched the meaning of [name]Jezebel[/name]. If she hasn’t, then maybe she will upon your mention of it. And maybe she will then take the name’s meaning into consideration and decide she’d rather name her daughter a name with a more pleasant meaning. Or, you could just let it go. Of course, your friend has the right to name her daughter anything she wants and you don’t have to go up to her and confront her about the name But if you felt like you needed to say something, you could always casually ask her if she researched the meaning of the name…once again, I am not saying you have to at all But if she did indeed research the name’s meaning before, and says something like, “We just really like the name and are going to go with it regardless,” then, so be it, I suppose.
If she eventually finds out [name]Jezebel[/name]'s meaning (unless she has already), decides to choose a different name, and asks you for new name suggestions, maybe you could suggest [name]Jessabel[/name] or Jessabelle? It’s similar to [name]Jezebel[/name] but just different enough that it probably won’t have the wicked association tagged along with it…or maybe it’s still too similar to [name]Jezebel[/name]?