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Gender: Female Meaning of Deborah: "bee" Origin of Deborah: Hebrew Deborah's Popularity in 2017: #774

The name Deborah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "bee". Deborah is ranked #774 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "totally, kinda or no way with middles".

From the experts:

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. Deborah may no longer be among the most popular girl names starting with D, but 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 US in 1955, remaining in the Top 10 from 1950 to 1962. 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 Jane Kerr, Scottish actress
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry, American singer
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson, American singer
Deborah Anne "Debby" Boone, American singer
Deborah Ann "Debby" Ryan, American actress
Deborah Cox, American R&B singer
Deborah Pryce, former U.S. Congresswoman from Ohio
Deborah Mailman, Australian actress
Deborah Ann Woll, American actress
Deborah L. "Deb" Mell, American politician
Deborah Ann Conway, Australian singer, formerly of band Do-Re-Mi
Deborah Lynn Thurmond Allen, American country music singer
Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress
Deborah Voigt, American operatic soprano
Deborah Vivien (Mitford) Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Deborah Esther Lipstadt, American historian and author
Deborah Lytton, American novelist
Deborah Read, common-law wife of Benjamin Franklin

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
Doctor Deborah Treverton, character from Green city in the sun, by Barbara Wood
Harriet Deborah Vane, character in Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books
Deborah Jenkyns, character in Cranford
Deborah "Debbie" Thornberry, character in the cartoon The Wild Thornberrys
Deborah "Debbie" Ocean, character on "Ocean's" series
Deborah "Debbie" Gallagher, youngest daughter on Showtime TV series Shameless


flamingo Says:


My daughter's name is Devorah ("di-VOE-rah") and she gets compliments on her name all the time. I love it, it's strong, soft at the end, and represents a wise and powerful woman.

beachbear Says:


The creepy horror movie about a Deborah Logan has ruined this name for me for the time being...

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, just with Deb for short, rather than Debbie. It is so ready to come back into style.

Daiseymae Says:


Me too.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I think of a 70's secretary with the nickname Debbie, and I cannot see this on a child

Impwood Says:


This is a splendid name, right down to the nickname Debbie. I'm not keen on Debra either, though.

loverofnames86 Says:


I think this name should make a comeback. Love it.

JessicaRK467 Says:


I think it's subjective. I thought of the Deborah the very same way until I started working with a younger Deborah/Debbie and it completely changed my mind. You just never know I guess...just like meeting one bad apple can turn you off a good person can lift your opinion on a name.

JessicaRK467 Says:


You know better than most parents? What an elitist statement. Maybe the Deborah's mother you know just preferred that pronounciation...that doesn't make it THE one and only pronounciation that's acceptable and everyone else is wrong if they pronounce it differently. Maybe...just maybe...your Deborah's mother just plain liked to pronounce it a little differently and that's just fine.

Essa Says:


Wow. Big statement. Or maybe it's just that there's more than one pronunciation as there are with many names. Different cultures quite often pronounce names differently. Your comment is quite rude to many people and is simply wrote to feed your ego.

d marks Says:


Maybe their parents didn't know any better. Most don't. This Deborah's mother did know better.

Essa Says:


I know many Deborah's and they're all pronounced exactly the same as Debra.

ShannonLim Says:


What's wrong with Debra? o: I don't get why its a bad name, perhaps someone can enlighten me on that?

d marks Says:


Just remember that it's not pronounced the same as Debra, with a hard B sound and only two syllables. You glide over the B lightly and the middle syllable has the sound as -er. It's not nearly as heavy that way and quite pretty.

lesliemarion Says:


Deborah is gorgeous, nearly got ruined by trillions of Debras and Debbies. I'd like Debbie and Debra to revive….never! But Deborah, yes. I like Harriet Deborah.

flora_kate Says:


I find it a little heavy for a first name (although I love the thought of the nn Debbie) but I might consider it in the middle slot in honor of one of my aunts.

Saffron_Rice Says:


What's not to love? Deborah is a traditional awesome name. It's pretty and it was the name of a strong female role model in the Bible. Time to take it out of mothballs and give it to little girls today, imho. But don't revive Debra, which insulted and cheapened the original name. Deborah (try giving her no nick name) would be great on a little girl today. At the very least, consider reviving this lovely name in middle name spot.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I like this name, it's strong, yet feminine, and it has nice nicknames (Deb, Debbie).
I had a classmate named Déborah (with an accent) at school. She is Belgian.

CocoWhite Says:


Deborah sounds very middle-aged to me, like the name of a soccer mom or something. It's hard for me to picture it on a little kid. I like the nickname Debbie, though.