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