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What does Deborah mean?

Deborah /deb-o-rah/ as a girls' name is pronounced DEB-er-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Deborah is "bee".

Biblical: a prophetess who summoned Barak to battle against an invading army. The victory song she wrote after the battle is part of the Book of Judges. Actresses Deborah Kerr, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Winger, Debra Messing; Olympic figure skater Debi Thomas; TV journalist Deborah Norville.


Deborah has 24 variants: Deb, Debb, Debbee, Debbera, Debbey, Debbi, Debbie, Debbra, Debby, Debee, Debera, Deberah, Debi, Debor, Debora, Debra, Debrah, Debralee, Debreanna, Debriana, Debs, Devora, Devorah and Dobra.

Related girl name: Devri.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Deorah, Derah, ..

(male) Debodar, Debrow, ..

How popular is Deborah?

Deborah is a very prominent first name for females (#25 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#105905 out of 150436, Top 70%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Deborah for girls. Deborah reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #753 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deborah name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Deborah outside U.S.

Devorah (#1892 last year), Debora, Debrah, Debi, Debra, Debera, Debbi, Debbie, Debbra, Debby and Deb are the prominent alternative forms of Deborah (#753 last year). These relations of Deborah reached the height of their popularity in the 1950s (average #652) and have become much less conventional since (#1887, 99.7% less usage), with versions like Debra going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deborah, Deb, Debbi, Debbie, Debbra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Debby, Debera, Debi, Debora, Debra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Debrah, Devorah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Deborah and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Anorah, Dakotah, Darah, Darrah, Deadra, Debonair (see Debonnaire), Dedra, Deedra, Deetra, Deidra, Deijah, Deitra, Dejah, Delilah, Delora, Delores, Deloria, Deloris, Demaras, Demona, Demonah, Denah, Deona, Deora, Derora, Derorit (see Derora), Derran, Desarae, Deseray, Desirae, Desirat (see Desiree), Desiray, Devona, Devra, Dextra, Dezirae, Deziray, Dimonah, Dinora, Dinorah, Dora, Dorae, Dorah, Doran, Drora, Drorah (see Derora), Eliorah, Honorah, Jorah, Kefirah, Kendrah, Keturah, Lenorah, Leorah, Lorah, Medorah, Meerah, Menorah, Merah, Morah, Neomah, Norah, Perah, Qeturah, Rebakah, Rebecah, Rebekah, Sabrah, Sebinah, Serah, Terah, Terrah, Wenonah, Ziporah and Zorah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Deborah.