20 December 2012

Name Origins Mephi.

by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist NEHGS

 MEPHIBOSHETH (M): Hebrew. “And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet.  He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nirse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame.  And his name was MEPHIBOSHETH” (2 Samuel4:4). 

Mephibosheth Sanborn, b. 5, 9 mo. 1663, was the son of William and Mary (Moulton) Sanborn (Hampton VRs, 1:96, 552).

Rev. Mephibosheth Cain performed marriages at Dresden, Maine in the late 1790s. 

Were these men born lame, or was this a name randomly chosen from the Bible?

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