Gender: Female Meaning of Debra: "bee" Origin of Debra: Spelling variation of Deborah

Debra Origin and Meaning

The name Debra is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "bee".

When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.

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Pop Culture References for the name Debra

Debbie, Debbra, Debry, Debrah, Debbrah, Deb


EvaThyssen Says:


I have a similar issue with Scarlett/Scarlet and Violet. Scar-let/t, Viole(n)t...

briarblossom Says:


I know! I can't help but break Debra down to De bra! Sounds off to me.
I don't dislike the longer version but I am surprised just how popular it and the nicknames were.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I guess so. It doesn't appeal much to me, personally.

giving_me_a_migrane Says:


it's the simple version for people who don't need the frilly version

giving_me_a_migrane Says:


Love Debra as an adult, always hated Debbie, never minded Deb, hate Debs. Worker Bee, that's me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Deborah is such a beautiful name, but I don't like this alternative spelling. I prefer Deborah and Deb to Debbie, but honestly, Debbie is fine, as long as the full name doesn't get dropped entirely, in favour of this nickname. Still, my issue isn't with Debbie, but with Debra. It looks like it should be the name of a cartoon zebra - but that isn't the worst aspect. To me, it says "de-bra", as in - someone wanting to remove Debra's bra...!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Will look the song up on You Tube, not heard it

AoifeORegan Says:


There's also the song amazing 'Debra' by Beck.