Ma. Jabelah! “I like your name, it’s unique”. I often hear it from friends, classmates, teachers & new found friends. Instead of explaining where my name came from, I decided to write a blog about it’s origin and so if someone ask me again I’ll just tell them “Oh check my blog @ jabelah.wordpress.com” LOL…
My dad gave me the name Jabelah which is derived from Havilah literally meaning “Stretch of Sand”.This is in several books of the Bible referring to both land and people.
The story of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:11: “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium (a resin similar to myrrh) and the onyx stone.”
My dad was so playful with the spelling changing H to J & V to B. My name Jabelah is actually pronounced as Ha-belah but when I was in high school, some of my friends & classmates would pronounce it as Ja-belah and I honestly like it.
Since my two handsome elder brothers have two first names Joseph Ernest & Paul Erick, my parents decided to give their unica hija with two first names as well. They gave me MA. which is a shortcut for MARIA in the Philippines but according to my mom it should be MARIE not MARIA(huh???). So I was baptized with a beautiful & unique name MA.JABELAH however, I sometimes wish it’s MARIE JABELAH.
I really want to know the meaning of my name and I checked online unfortunately there is NO name analysis for Jabelah or Ma.Jabelah so I apply for a Free Name and Birth Date Report to Kabalarians.com and after a month here’s what I got…
* Your first name of Jabelah has made you happiest when you are expressing in some creative, artistic way, and not conforming to strict routine.
* In a large group of comparative strangers, you are quiet and rather shy, unable to express yourself, not really wanting to become involved in conversation.
* On the other hand, among friends with whom you feel at ease, you are expressive, witty, and quite charming.
* These contrasting natures make it difficult for people to understand you and can lead to friction in your personal life.
* You are deep, philosophical, and refined, but your extremely sensitive nature causes you to become depressed and self-pitying over any real or imagined slight.
I have plenty of nicknames. I’m Ja, Jel and Jay to most of my college friends & classmates. Jabe & Bhel to my high school friends & classmates. Jabel, Jabels and Jabellita at work. Day, Dhang, Agot, Bunso & Bella to my relatives, neighbors and childhood friends. Ella to my land lady in college. Bhee, Lee-lay, Lai & Jabz to my brothers & sisters in charismatic music ministry. Tabeh & Ma-JA to some niece & nephews. And I have a college friend Michelle, who calls me Beige and I have no idea where she got it!
I believe, I’m one of the lucky ones who already has something unique that belongs only to me and that is my name. Embrace your name. Make it more than just a word on your birth certificate but rather a beautiful extension of yourself.