What does Deborah mean?
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 on this name, see also the related girl name Devri.
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)
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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Debra, Debrah, Debora, Debi, Debbie, Debbra, Debby and Debbi are the prominent alternative forms of Deborah (#753 last year). These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5753%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.0274%, down 95.2%), with the versions Debby, Debbie, Debora, Debra and Deborah falling out of style. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Deborah and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)