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Gender Feminine
Scripts רִבְקָה(Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. rə-BEHK-ə(English)
reh-BEHK-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.