[ 2 syll. jep-(h)(t)hah, je-phth-ah ] The baby boy name Jephthah is pronounced in English as JHEHF-THah †. Jephthah is mainly used in the English and German languages. Its language of origin is Hebrew. The meaning of the name is God opens. A biblical name, it is derived from the word 'pathach' which means to open. An original form of Jephthah is Yiphtah (Hebrew). The name was borne in the Bible by a judge of Israel who was sworn under oath to sacrifice his only daughter to God in return for help in defeating the Ammonites. The name saw a revival among 19th century English speakers.
Jephthah is an unusual baby boy name. It is not ranked within the top 1000.
† Pronunciation for Jephthah: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"