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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 "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

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