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This name is very rarely used as a masculine name, too. It just barely made the list of top 1000 boys' names in the 1950s. See the link on this name's popularity.
FreedomsPaladin  9/14/2005
Actresses Debra Paget and Debra Winger are famous bearers of this name.
alberto  9/26/2005
Debra Barone was the name of Raymond's wife, Ally, Michael and Geoffrey's mother, and Patricia Heation's character in very funny comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond" which ran from 1996 to 2005.
AndrewJKD  12/21/2005
What's wrong with Deborah? For the life of me, I don't understand why any parent would use this spelling. It looks like "de bra." Parents, if you must use this, name her Deborah. You can always pronounce it "Debra" and she'll have a much nicer spelling.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2006
Debra is a variant of Deborah, not a short form. [noted -ed]
Mithos514  6/13/2006
It looks incomplete to me, so I prefer Deborah. Shortened forms like this one seriously give me an impression of a lack of culture and intelligence.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
This name is not very pretty at all. I like Deborah better, but I don't think that spelling is much prettier either.
CharlieRob  5/10/2007
WOW, such critics! I can honestly say my parents were intelligent and I have NEVER been called "de bra"! I am very happy I have this spelling, it is pronounced differently for those who pay attention. Also, I have a "Deborah" for a friend and she wishes she had my spelling since she is always called "Du-bore-uh"
dmessersmith  8/25/2007
What kind of moron would think that Deborah is pronounced Du-bore-uh? I've never known anyone in my life who would be that stupid, so I can't see that as a problem with the spelling Deborah.

There's no reason to simplify Deborah into Debra, it just looks simplistic, like one can't read words that have silent letters. As it is, I like Deborah but not Debra... the problem is I dislike the nickname Debbie.
queenv  10/29/2010
A famous bearer is actress Debra Messing (born August 15, 1968). Best known as Grace Adler on the popular television situation comedy "Will & Grace", she received 5 Emmy Award nominations (winning 1), 6 Golden Globe Award nominations, and 6 SAG Award nominations (winning 1) for the role, as well as 3 Teen Choice Award nominations.
AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
This spelling may not be as traditional as Deborah, but either way, it's better than the chavvy nickname Debbie.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2008
Debra is the name of a song by Beck.
Hushpuppy  2/3/2009
I've always admired my namesake, the Biblical Deborah. She was a Judge in the Old Testament, which was tantamount to being designated as a King. Women were not held in any status during that time, so for her to hold such a status was unusual. She was also a prophetess, which means God spoke to her and all of Israel acknowledged that fact. She was a brave woman too, leading the men to war when they were afraid to do so. I cannot think of anyone who better emulates a strong woman then her and I'm honoured to be named for her.
debs  1/14/2011
De Bra.
SEC908  1/7/2013
The name Debra is considered quite dated in the US and is rarely used for babies anymore. In 2012, 66 baby girls were given the name here.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Debra/Deborah/Dvora not only means "honeybee" in Hebrew, the word is derived from the verb root דבﬧ "daber" meaning, 'to speak'. Appropriate both for the sound of bees and a powerful Biblical woman who did so as a calling and a career.
harotype  8/1/2014
The name Debra was given to 37 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
Anagram of bread.
Hushpuppy  7/31/2017

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