Meaning and Name Origin
Rebecca \r(e)-bec-ca, reb(e)-cca\ as a girls' name is pronounced ree-BEK-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rebecca is "to bind". Biblical: Rebekah, noted in the Genesis account as a maiden of beauty, modesty, and kindness, became the wife of Abraham's son, Isaac. The name was used by the Puritans and was common through the 19th century. Use of the name in the novel and film "Rebecca" also revived it. Philanthropist Rebekah Harkness; author Rebecca West; actress Rebecca De Mornay.
Rebecca has 55 variants: Becca, Beck, Becka, Beckah, Becke, Beckee, Becker, Beckey, Becki, Beckie, Becky▼, Beki, Bekka, Bekki, Bekkie, Reba▼, Rebakah, Rebba, Rebbeca, Rebbecca, Rebbecka, Rebbie, Rebeca▼, Rebecah, Rebeccah, Rebeccea, Rebeccka, Rebecha, Rebecka, Rebeckah, Rebeckia, Rebecky, Rebeha, Rebeka, Rebekah▲, Rebekha, Rebekka, Rebekkah, Rebekke, Rebeque, Ree, Reeba, Reveka, Revekah, Revekka, Rheba, Ribecca, Riva, Rivah, Rivalee, Rivekka, Rivi, Rivka, Rivkah and Rivy.
Rebecca is a very popular first name for women (#34 out of 4276, Top 1%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Rebecca for girls. Rebecca reached its apex position of #13 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #184 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Rebecca and related names. Becky, Reba, Rebeca, Rebecka, Rebekah (#500 the previous year) and Rivka (#935) are the popular alternative forms of Rebecca (#184 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 and is now much lower, with the forms Becky, Reba and Rebeca becoming less fashionable. Rebekah (#500) is the most chic girl name here. (2014 Birth Statistics)