Origin: Biblical Hebrew
Eng (DEB-uh-ruh); Eng (deh-BORE-uh)
In the Old Testament, the name is found in the Book of Judges as the name of a prophetess and female judge who led a defeat against the Canaanites.
It was also borne by a nurse of Rebecca.
The name has always been a common Jewish name, but did not catch on with Christians until after the Protestant Reformation, when the name became especially prevalent among the Puritans.
Deborah experienced a sharp vogue in the mid 20th century when, in 1955, she ranked in as the 2nd most popular female name in the United States. Deborah remained in the top 10 between 1950 and 1962. As of 2010, Deborah only ranked in as the 776th most popular female name.
Currently, its Portuguese form of Débora is the 88th most popular female name in Brazil, (2011). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 328 (France, 2009)
- # 491 (the Netherlands, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
- Deborha (Amharic)
- Diba دیبا (Arabic)
- Debara Дэбара (Belarusian)
- Dihya (Berber)
- Debora დებორა Девора (Bulgarian/Czech/Dutch/Finnish/Georgian/German/Italian/Polish/Russian/Scandinavian)
- Devora Девора (Bulgarian)
- Debra (English)
- Deboora (Estonian)
- Débora (French/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Debbora Δεββωρα (Greek: Biblical)
- Devorah דְּבוֹרָה (Hebrew: Biblical)
- Dvora/Dvorit דְּבוֹרָה (Hebrew: Modern)
- Debóra (Icelandic)
- Deborra (Late Latin)
- Depke (Plattdeutsch)
Common Nicknames include:
Deb, Debbie (English)
Debbos, Debo, Deby (German)
Other notable bearers include: British actress, Deborah Kerr (1921-2007); American pop singer, Deborah “Blondie” Harry (b.1945); American Singer, Debbie Gibson (b.1970); Italian actress, Debora Caprogli0 (b.1968); Estonian poet and translator, Debora Varaandi (1916-2007); Polish philsopher and poet, Debora Vogel (1900-1942); Belgian actress, Déborah François (b.1987).
The designated name-days are: April 24 (Poland); September 21 (France); November 4 (Poland).