Meaning and Name Origin
Deborah \d(e)-bo-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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Devri.
Deborah is a very prominent first name for females (#25 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Deborah for girls. Deborah reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #753 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Deborah and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Deborah (#753 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Debra, Debrah, Debora, Debi, Debbie, Debbra, Debby and Debbi. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Debra, Debbie, Debora, Debby and Deborah falling out of style. (2014 Birth Statistics)