GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: רִבְקָה (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: rə-BEK-ə (English), re-BEK-kah (Italian)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah), possibly meaning "a snare" in Hebrew, or perhaps derived from an Aramaic name. 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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Rebeccah, Rebeckah (English), Rebecka (Swedish)
DIMINUTIVES: Becca, Becka, Beckah, Becky, Reba, Becci, Bekki (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Rebekka (Biblical Greek), Rivqah (Biblical Hebrew), Rebekka (Danish), Rebekka (Dutch), Rebekka (Finnish), Rébecca (French), Rebekka (German), Rivka, Riva (Hebrew), Rebeka (Hungarian), Rebekka (Norwegian), Rebeca (Portuguese), Rebeca (Spanish), Rifka (Yiddish)
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