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I often pronounce it now as "deb-OR-ah".
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
Deborah, in the Hebrew, means 'the bee', in the sense of orderly motion from its systematic instincts. The root word is dabar, which means, 'to arrange'; used figuratively of words, 'to speak'.
soterion  7/18/2005
In opera, Deborah Voigt, a great dramatic soprano of our time, is among the carriers of this name.
gaelruadh19  7/28/2005
Deborah was also a poet.
Deborah4675  9/11/2005
Actress Deborah Kerr was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Deborah (Debbie) Harry, front woman of Blondie, is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2005
My mother's name is Deborah and it is pronounced de-bor-uh.
shyshayleigh  3/15/2006
There's a character named Deborah or Debra on "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Tudor  6/14/2006
This is the WORST spelling of the name. That "orah" is a visual affront. It always looks like it is supposed to be pronounced "dee-BORE-ah". Please use a different spelling of this name if you want to use it for your child (ie Debra, which has suited my mother just fine for the past fifty years).
― Anonymous User  6/28/2006
Deborah Sampson Gannett was a woman from Massachusetts who disguised herself as a man named Robert Shurtleff during the Revolutionary War in order to fight for the United States. Her true gender was discovered by a doctor after she was shot twice in a battle and developed a fever. She was given an honorary discharge from the army and is the Massachusetts state heroine. She was born in 1760 and died in 1827.
Juls  8/28/2006
Love this name since it is my aunt's name. It is very cute and makes me think of a sweet, happy person.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2007
This name reminds me of a fat person. It reminds me of a fat, obese person.
newguineafan  2/4/2007
Deborah is sort of a middle-aged name now and this makes it less attractive. If it were used on a pretty young girl it might not be so bad, though. I don't like an variant spellings like Debra, but Deborah is a tolerable name.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
Deborah Drew is the designer on DIYSOS.
Luangi  4/7/2007
My mother's name is Deborah and I personally think that this name is very beautiful. When I think of the name Deborah I picture a woman with a strong spirit about her, someone who is independent yet compassionate. A lovely name in my opinion. The only thing I dislike about this name is the common nickname of Debbie. Bleck.
Cyneburga  6/17/2007
Debra is a good alternate spelling of the name, but it exists only as a Greco-Roman alteration. The ending -ah on Deborah is typical of feminine names in Hebrew as it often denotes a word's femininity. For example, Sarah, Hannah, Oholibamah, Hadassah, etc. Are all feminine names, and in some cases, feminine words.
Atarah Derek  7/12/2007
This has been my name for years and I have always hated it. I have not forgiven my parents for sticking me with such a common name (at that time). My friends call me DeeDee.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2007
Deborah Reber is the author of the new book In Their Shoes which includes women who have many jobs and she includes many women in the book. Such as: Shonda Rhimes; Joanne B. Sgueglia; Leah Faresh Karp; Missy Park; Kamla Harris; Jessica Weiner; Jocelyn Warner; Alli Shearmur; Danielle Aust; Nancy Pearl; Maureen Shirreff; Anne Corbett; Lupe Valdez; Susan Schulz; Barbara Boxer; Linda Chen; Amanda Koster; Bo Kim; Michelle Grandy; Susannah Grant; Luaren Faust; Melissa Block; Mary Sue Milliken; Susan Feniger; Christine Tucker; Heather Johnson; Cindy Guagenti; Kelly McCarthy; June Ambrose; Holly McPeak; Joyce Roche; Jayne Morgan; Dr. Alice Wilder; Servern Cullis-Suzuki; Anke Langenbach; Leanne Lusk; Amy Friedman; Chiyo Ishikawa; and Dr. Nancy Knowlton.

She is also the co-author of The Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul's: The Real Deal.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
This full version of the name is not as awful as the nickname Debbie, but like Debbie, the name rather makes me picture some ditzy girl from some 80s movie with long, messy, curly hair, big earrings, and neon-colored clothes who chews pink bubble gum with her mouth open and has posters of hair metal bands on her walls. The name also makes me think of middle-aged women with hideous perms and ugly, loose-fitting clothes.
slight night shiver  5/20/2008
I like this name but it seems to scream the '50's so I will not use it.
number1212  5/21/2008
This name is ok, but sounds very similar to Barbara.
Hushpuppy  9/1/2008
I like this name, and it's very pretty. However, the fact that this is the name of Eminem's mother has made me not want to use it.
bananarama  9/14/2008
The bad thing about this name is that it sounds like debris.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2008
Well Deborah is my name except I spell it as Debra. And personally. I love it! it represents a strong biblical women who did great things. I have this one friend who pronounces it like Dee-bra and I find it hilarious. I was also called D.D. by a teacher but I really don't care, I think Debra is a wonderful name!
debster35  2/6/2009
Reminds me of debara, the Danish word for debate.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2009
This is my favorite spelling of the name. I generally pronounce it "DEB-er-uh" or "DEB-ruh" (southerner, you know). I like the nickname Debbie, but I'm not so big into just Deb.
Aloicious  7/28/2009
It is my name, although close friends call me Deb or Deborah, but never will I allow Debbie, to me is ok for little kids. And the spelling of Debra, well leave my bra alone thanks. Nope De-bra will not do at all, and it annoys me when others use it, and they have been told in the past.
Debbs  1/15/2010
The name Deborah doesn't mean bee. Its meaning comes from world maybe a spoken world probably the name of the bee comes after this significance

וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה, אֵלַי לֵאמֹר
And the word of the LORD came unto me
Jeremiah Chapter 1-4
Eduardo  4/6/2010
I know that I'm pronouncing it wrong, but I usually say "da-BOR-ah".
Myth Writer Dreamer  9/7/2010
I like this name, but I don't like the nickname Debbie.
Chrila96  11/12/2010
The first thing that comes to my head when I hear this name is: NURSE...
high_chronicles  1/17/2011
Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox.
― Anonymous User  4/10/2011
A famous bearer of this name is Deborah Ryan, who is Bailey Picket on the Suite Life on Deck, Abby Jensen on 16 Wishes, and Kimberly Walker on What If. Deborah Ryan goes by Debby.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2011
My supervisor at work tends to pronounce her DEBORAH name as "Dee-BOR-uh" which usualy isn't found in the pronunciation grid.
Stephen1976  7/14/2011
Dobriana in Ukrainian.
dtk  12/1/2011
Some famous actresses with this name are Deborah Kerr (b. 1921), Debbie Reynolds (b.1932), Debra Winger (b. 1955), and Debra Messing (b. 1968). Famous musicians include Debbie Harry (b. 1945) and Debbie Gibson (b. 1970). Olympic gold medalist Debbie Armstrong (b. 1963) also bears the name, as does Mount Deborah, an Alaskan mountain famous for its difficult ascent.
Niere  1/14/2012
This is my mum's name. She pronounces it "Deh-bruh," and is called either "Deb" or "Debbie/Debi." It's a good name in itself, but it's a little too retro 50's/60's for my own tastes.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2012
Deborah is a beautiful name. I can't understand people who consider it dated. It's a Biblical name, after all, and as classic as other biblical names of notable women such as Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, Leah, and Miriam.
Just Jonquil  3/20/2014
The song "Disco 2000" by Pulp is about a woman named Deborah.
moonbaby9307  5/30/2014
Deborah Watling played Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
I like this name a lot but only with the pronunciation "Debra". I might spell it that way if I ever used it because a lot of people would think it was "Deb-o-rah." So, this is a case where I prefer a more modern spelling. I don't like the "bore" sound in the middle of the 3 syllable way. But, Deborah is the way it is spelled in the Bible. A Debra/Deborah could get nicknamed Deb, Debbie, or Dee.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
Deborah is such a beautiful, sweet, classic name. I love the meaning "bee"! =)
― Anonymous User  5/4/2015
I'm not sure how I feel about the name, although it is my second middle name. When I'm asked I always say Debbie. Not a name I would pick. Little Debbie cakes. I do know a few ladies that are named Debbie. It's a housewife's name, in my opinion. I'm also a housewife, so no disrespect to all the Debbies.
Cortammiller  7/10/2015
To everyone who is ignorant/anti-semetic enough to make ugly remarks about the name, go read your "christian" bibles. The name is Hebrew and means "bee."
― Anonymous User  8/22/2015
Personally, I LOVE my name. I've always pronounced it as Deb-o-rah, but my Jewish friends always call me De-Vor-a. I like that very much. And I like bees and honey. Happy to share my name with such industrious little beings.
Astrogirl59  8/22/2015
The meaning of the name is actually a good one because bees produce honey and honey is sweet, medicinal and nourishing to humanity.
chalokwu debi  9/7/2015
The actress Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood is a younger bearer of this name. It's a beautiful, classic name that was overused in the 1950s.
― Anonymous User  2/14/2016
A famous bearer of this name is the "Shameless" character Deborah "Debbie" Gallagher.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2016
Deborah Harkness is the author of the "All Souls" trilogy.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2016
Deborah Borkman is an American model of Swedish and Japanese descent. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its July 1976 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Phillip Dixon.
cutenose  2/11/2017
Deborah is an awful name! Sounds like a grouchy old lady.
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
My parents gave me this name, which was at the peak of its popularity when I was born ('50's). As a child I always hated my name for the very fact that is WAS so common. There would always be at least two or three other girls named "Debbie" in my class, leading to constant confusion. It was only after surviving a stroke at age 37 that I came to appreciate my name's meaning "honeybee" (industrious) and that I shared the name with the most kick-ass powerful woman in the Old Testament. I prefer the Biblical spelling "Deborah" and the pronunciation DEH-buh-ruh. While I will answer to either Deb or Deborah, I cringe whenever anyone tries to call me "Debbie" or spell my name "Debra" (which rhymes with zebra). I don't hesitate to correct anyone who gets it wrong.
Gypsy-Deb from C-bus  4/29/2017
Deborah is so beautiful. Many people aren't fans of Debbie as a nickname, but you can just use Deborah, with Deb for short. One of the main characters in my novel is a Deborah, who never goes by Debbie. I have less of a problem with Debbie than the awful Debra variant.
Paula Puddephatt  5/22/2017
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson, singer/songwriter, most famous for her 80s hits, is a well-known bearer of this name.
Paula Puddephatt  5/22/2017
Novelist Deborah Moggach is a famous Deborah. Her works include "Stolen" and "Porky".
Paula Puddephatt  5/22/2017
Pulp's "Disco 2000" refers to someone named Deborah.
Paula Puddephatt  5/22/2017
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s, 1980s and 2000. She is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States owing to her work on "Rapture". She has also had success as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s. Her acting career spans over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances.
cutenose  5/23/2017
The name Deborah was given to 348 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Deborah are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Deborah Priya Henry, also known as Priya Emmanuel, is a Malaysian TV Host of Indian and Irish descent and a former model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 and Miss Malaysia World 2007. She was also placed in the Top 15 at Miss World 2007.
cutenose  6/27/2017
My name is Debra and yes, I was born in the late '50s. I went by Debbie until I turned 40 and started using Debra; I like using Debra more so than Debbie. I like being named after the biblical Deborah and I like that it means "the bee" so much that I have a bee tattoo on the inside of my ankle.
deba0529  7/17/2017
My name is Deborah. It's usually pronounced DEB-ruh unless my family is teasing or taunting me, then it's de-BORE-uh. So that's not a pronunciation I like much. I also think the spelling Debra is an abomination, something teenage boys learn to do in the back seat of a car: "I can de-bra my girlfriend with no fumbling now!" Yes, of course I was born in the 50s. I was unhappy about my name in school because there were so many other girls with the same name or only slight variations. I also felt Debbie Reynolds spoiled it for the rest of us. The name held out expectations of someone short, pretty, perky, and blonde, and those of us who were taller, plainer, more sardonic, and not blonde were failing in our Debbie-ness. I have fallen into being a curt Deb over the last couple of decades, since that's what people tend to call me anyway, even my sister, my ex-husband, and people I've JUST INTRODUCED myself to with "Hi, I'm Debbie." "Nice to meet you, Deb," comes right back. I give up. --D.
DHGoldfish  9/19/2017

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