Name: Deborah

Origin and Meaning of the Name Deborah

  • Meaning:
    Bee
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (DEB or ah)
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Miscellaneous Info for Deborah

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Deborah is a Biblical judge and prophetess who guided the Israelite forces under Barak to victory over the Canaanites led by Sisera. Sisera himself was killed by another woman - Jael - who drove a tent peg into his skull. A different Deborah is mentioned in the book of Genesis as Rebecca's nurse.

    Deborah was a popular name in the USA in the 1950s - in 1955 it was the 2nd most popular name.

    The name has been borne by Scottish actress Deborah Kerr, Benjamin Franklin's wife Deborah Read and American politician Deborah Pryce. Deborah or Debbie Harry was the lead singer of Blondie.

    Deborah Sampson was a woman who impersonated a man to fight in the American War of Independence.

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Popularity Rank of Deborah (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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