What does Dorcas mean?
Dorcas /dor-cas/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced DOR-kuss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dorcas is "gazelle". Biblical: a woman who "abounded in good deeds and gifts of mercy". Greek version of Tabitha, well used by Puritans.
How popular is Dorcas?
Dorcas is a very popular first name for females (#1388 out of 4276, Top 32%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#71372 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Dorcas for girls. Dorcas reached its apex rank of #656 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Dorcas and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Dorcas are Tabitha (#919 last year) and Tabatha. Variants like Tabetha are seldom used. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5023%) and is now much lower (usage 0.027%, ▼94.6%), with the versions Tabitha, Dorcas and Tabatha becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)