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Scriptsרִבְקָה Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.rə-BEK-ə English
re-BEK-ka Italian

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah) from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare". This is the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.
VariantsRebeccah, Rebeckah English Rebecka Swedish
DiminutivesBecca, Becci, Becka, Beckah, Becky, Bekki, Reba English
Other Languages & CulturesRebekka Biblical Greek Rivqah Biblical Hebrew Rebekka Danish Rebekka Dutch Rebekka Faroese Rebekka Finnish Rébecca French Rebekka German Rivka, Riva Hebrew Rebeka Hungarian Rebekka Icelandic Rebekka Norwegian Rebeca Portuguese Rebeca Spanish Rifka Yiddish
Same SpellingRébecca


Depiction of the biblical Rebecca by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1713)Depiction of the biblical Rebecca by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1713)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute