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Gender: F Meaning of Deborah: "bee" Origin of Deborah: Hebrew. "bee" Deborah's Popularity in 2013: #814

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Deborah has suffered from the fact that in the mid-twentieth century there were so many Debbies on the block that the beauty and meaning of the original name got lost. Now this lovely name of an Old Testament prophetess suddenly sounds fresher than overused Sarah, Rachel, and Rebecca.

The biblical Deborah was a poet, judge, and heroic prophet who first predicted that the Israelites would win their freedom from the tyrannical Canaanites, then led a successful revolt that helped accomplish it, celebrating the victory in a famous song of triumph.

Deborah was the second most popular name in the U.S. in 1955, remaining in the Top 10 from 1950 to 62. The streamlined version, Debra, was hot on its tail, replacing it at Number 2 a year later.

Some notable bearers have been Revolutionary War heroine Deborah Sampson Gannett, actress Deborah Kerr, modern operatic soprano Deborah Voight, Deborah (Blondie) Harry, and Debbie (born Mary Frances) Reynolds.

The original form Devorah is another possibility.

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Famous People Named Deborah

Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress
Deborah Pryce, American politician
Deborah "Debbie" Harry, American singer
Deborah "Debbie" Gibson, American singer
Deborah Mailman, Australian Actress
Deborah Ann Woll, American Actress
Deborah L. "Deb" Mell, American politican
Deborah, dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Pop Culture References for the Name Deborah

Deborah Gale, schoolmistress who sacrifices her personal life for her pupils in Ernest Poole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel His Family (1917)
Deborah Krillet, 'the Shulamite' from Alice and Claude Askew's novels The Shulamite (1904) and The Woman Deborah (1910)
Deborah "Debbie" Scott, character on One Tree Hill

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