Debra: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Debra

Debra

Pronunciation: DEHB-rə (key)

Related Names:

Deborah

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Comments and insights on the name Debra: | Edit

Beware of the fact that the word 'bra' is in the name. Fodder for 13-year-old boys to make jokes.

I always pronounced bra "BRAH", but I had a college roommate who pronounced it "BRAW". One day she said something about a braw so I said "BRAWWW!" and she said "BRAAAAH!" We had a good laugh.

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I preferred to be called Debbie when I was younger in school, rather than Debra. Now that I am older I still like when people say Debbie, but now I like to see my name appear as Debra.

I have this name and hate it. Born in '82, this name was well worn-out before I got it. I've gone by just about every variation and spelling, my favorite being Debi, but I still don't "like" any of them.

I'm Debra and born in '73. I always liked my name. Most people I've known with the name were my parents age but, I've met a few close to my age. I don't like to be called Debra, that's what my mom called me when I was in trouble. Now most people call me Deb or Debs. I don't know how the s started getting added.

Nicknames for Debra: | Edit

Deb, Debbie/Debby

Meanings and history of the name Debra: | Edit

From the Hebrew, D'vorah, meaning bee.

Famous real-life people named Debra: | Edit

Debra Messing, American actress ("Will and Grace")
Debra Winger, actress
Debra Pagett, actress
Debbie Reynolds, actress
Deborah Kerr, actress
Deborah Raffin, actress
Debbie Harry, singer
Debra Wilson, actress and comedienne

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Deborah was a prophetess and the fourth, and the only female, Judge of pre-monarchic Israel in the Old Testament (Tanakh). Her story is told twice, in chapters 4 and 5 of Judges.
Deborah is the name of the nurse of Rebekah (Genesis 35:8). She is first mentioned by name in the Torah when she dies in a place called Alon Bachot, and is buried by Jacob, who is returning with his large family to Canaan.

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