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GenderFeminine
Scriptsדְּבוֹרָה Hebrew
PronouncedPron.DEB-ə-rə English
DEB-rə English
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Meaning & History

Means "bee" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroine and prophetess who leads the Israelites when they are threatened by the Canaanites. She forms an army under the command of Barak, and together they destroy the army of the Canaanite commander Sisera. Also in the Old Testament, this is the name of the nurse of Rebecca.

Long a common Jewish name, Deborah was first used by English Christians after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular among the Puritans.
VariantsDebra English Devorah, Dvorah Hebrew
DiminutivesDeb, Debbi, Debbie, Debby, Debi English
Other Languages & CulturesDebbora Biblical Greek Devorah Biblical Hebrew Debbora Biblical Latin Debora Dutch Débora French Debora German Debora Italian Débora Portuguese Débora Spanish
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Deborah (1866) by Gustave DoréDeborah (1866) by Gustave Doré

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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute