Rebecca: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Rebecca
Origin of the name Rebecca:
From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin and Ecclesiastic Greek Rhebekka, which is derived from the Hebrew ribbqāh (noose), from rabak (to bind, to tie). The name, borne in the Bible by the wife of Isaac, was not used in England until after the Reformation in the 16th century.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Rebecca: | Edit
- My name is Rebecca, and I really am fond of my name. I like how it is written and pronounced, and I like my nickname, Becca! Becky I have to say is horrible, and I have been mistakenly called that a few times. Other than that though, my name is beautiful and girly, just like me!
- My name is Rebecca and I like the name, just not on me. It looks refined and mature but I hate being called Rebecca! My nickname is Becky, and it's amazing, I love the way it is written and pronounced, and my friends all say it suits me better than Rebecca. I used to be called Bec when I was in my first few years of school and then Becca when I was about 8. Some people call me Bec and that's fine, but only ONE person can call me Becca. Becca I have to now realise is horrible, it's really young and pre-school sounding. I'm not girly at all, and my friends know that if they call me Rebecca I'll get mad!
- Personal experiences with the name Rebecca: | Edit
- My name is Rebecca. I remember Rebecca not being very popular when I was younger (late 80s, 90s)but as I got older there seemed to be a lot of Rebecca's. I hated my name growing up, I wanted to go by one of my middle names but they are not English names so people seemed to have a hard time with the transition. When I got to university I started to appreciate my name more. I normally go by Rebecca but also Bec, Becca, Bex and more recently Reb but NEVER Becky! I get called Rachel A LOT, I don't mind, I love that name too so I respond to both out of habit. My neighbours, despite telling them many times that my name is Rebecca, still call me Rachel and even my first day at my new job I was called Rachel.
- I am a Rebecca and I have always loved my name and all of its abbreviations. OK, I'm biased, but I don't think you can wrong with this name.
I didn't like being called "Becky" when I was younger, but I did make the successful transition to Rebecca when I went to high school. I also like that the name is very recognizable when traveling internationally (much more so than Rachel, for example). But I often get called Rachel by mistake.
- I am Rebecca my middle name is jayne. I do not like being called becky at all! My mother calls be bec, and some people even call me reb. ( hate that name) I do love my name though. I don't know any other rebeccas. People I do not know or just met call me rachel all the time. Some people call me allyson, because that is my older sisters name. In the seventh grade I asked people to call me ray-bekah (rébecca) and to this day, some people still do.
- My name is also Rebecca Jane! My mother nixed anyone calling me "Becky" (only my grandmother could call me Becky Jane) right from the beginning and I was always Becca as a kid. I'm 20 now and I get much less Becca and more Bec and Bex. I had two other Rebecca's in my class in middle school and they went by Becca and Reb or Rebby (still sounds silly...).
- My name is Rebecca, and since I'm in high school, I go by my last name, Becka, Bee, Reby, and multiple others. I hate being called Becky and Bex. Drives me insane! But I'm a basketball and soccer player, so my teammates call me BeeBallR or beeoccer, and I don't mind those at all!!
- I also get Rachael a lot, to the point where I used to work with a Rachael and got her stuff in my pigeon hole all the time! Nicknames - Bec, Becky, Becca, Bekka, Becka, Reb, Rebba, Rebel (all three I hated!), and lately Bex. I think the bonus to the names is that the nicknames change and grow with you. As a kid I had Becky, in high school I had Becca and now I mainly get Bec or, as I mentioned, Bex. My challenge is that I actually have trouble saying the R sound at the beginning of words so it always sounds like I don't know my name when someone asks because I have to say ahh first to get my tongue going, My friend named her daughter after me, although I requested they spelled it Rebekah to make it different, but I'm sure she,s going to hate me for it one day when she can't find any of those door hanger / number plates / souvenir things with her name on it!
- When people first meet me they think of Rachel too. Also people will call me Becky for two reasons. They just met me and they call me that without asking or they know it bothers me (mostly kids at school). My teachers call me by my last name but my science teacher calls me Becca. And usually my close friends and family call my Becca too. The only thing is it's hard to find middle and last names that work with my name. Like when you like a boy so you put his last name with your first. I don't do that cause it never works. My middle name, Paige, does work with it though.
My name is Rebecca but from the moment I was born my parents called me Becky. I hate that they gave me a nickname and it stuck with me. Now in my 30's I don't feel like a "Rebecca" even though it's my name because I've only been called that by teachers and bill collectors. I love the name but it just doesn't feel like me. I made sure to give my kids names that wouldn't be shortened or nicknames given to them.
- My name is Rebecca and as a child I went by Beckie.. "ie" not "y", so my name was always misspelled (and still is by some of my family members) as a child I hated Becca but in High school some of my friends started calling me that and it stuck.. I spell it Becka now, because I like to be different and hey no one spelled my name right when I was kid, it should be the same when I am an adult! My family still calls be Beckie and refuses to call me Becka which is fine. My husband calls me Beckas and I often am called Bec or Bex. I have never been called Rachel like some of the others above but I have been called Beth on many occasions. I don't really like being called Rebecca because I feel like im getting in trouble. As a child when I heard "REBECCA" i knew i was in trouble.. lol.
- Am I the only adult who likes being called Becky? I never liked Becca for the sole reason that every other Rebecca I knew went by that, and the full Rebecca always felt a bit too formal. Becky just suits me. It's shortened by a few people to Beck. Several high school era friends know me as Bex, and others as RJ...which is funny because there's no J in my name. It came about from a mix-up by an art teacher, and I liked it so it stuck. However, if you're gonna use my middle name, Anne, you better use it with my full first name. Rebecca Anne sounds dignified, Becky Anne sounds...ugh.
- I am another Rebecca Jane but have gone by Becky or Becks since I was about 8 and my family have called me Becky as long as I have known (unless I was in trouble). I also feel that Rebecca is a very formal, almost posh sounding name and think Becky suits my personality more.
- My daughter's name is Rebecca and she gets called Rachel all the time by relatives and aquaintances. We always thought it was because her sister's middle name is Rachel, but after reading this website, it seems that there are many others experiencing this phenomenon.
- My name is Rebecca and my middle name is Jasmine. I've always hated the name Rebecca and went through many different nicknames while in school. Everything from Becky to Becca to Bex to RJ and even Rececca (a teacher misspelt my name and it stuck for a little while). Funnily enough, there was a girl in my class called Rachel and the teacher always used to get us confused. How strange... When I changed middle schools, I saw an opportunity to get a nickname to stick. On the form there was an option to fill in a "preferred name" and I put in "Becki". That's been my name ever since. I don't even react to the name Rebecca anymore. Becki is much better!
- I'm a Rebecca Jane but have always been called Rebs! Can't believe how many people have been called Rachel as I have never experienced this! I hate 'Becky'... I think it sound chavvy, but I don't mind and am called Becca, Bex, Beccabex, and even Badger?! Personally I love my name! I think Rebecca is a great name and all the best people are called it:)
- My name is Rebecca Jane (seems to be quite popular...) and I HATE the name Rebecca. Well at least I hate it on me. I am Becky now, since I started high school (or maybe it was the year before I started...) anyway i have been through SO MANY nicknames. Bec, Becca, Beck, Bex, Reb (hated that one), Rebec, Rebocca (only my brother calls me that), Berocca (brother and sister call me that). Now i'm Becky and it suits me, I don't know why people don't like it! I guess it could be seen quite girly and young and cute, but I am not like that at all so i don't see that! My friends have all said Becky suits me, but some of them have their own 'personalised' nicknames for me. Becksies, Becksta/Beckstar, Becka, Rebel Rebecca (when they're made at me...). Of course I still get called Rebecca, but I don't respond anymore - except if it is a substitute or something, somebody who hasn't met me or somebody who shouldn't be expected to know. My signature is B (not R) and if I get monogrammed things or gifts with a letter it's always B (yes I know how B with my middle name sounds, thanks). I love Becky and nicknames but i can't stand being called Rebecca! Sounds too posh for me...
- Nicknames for Rebecca: | Edit
Betsey, Bettye, Bette, Betts
Interesting Fact, my mother once bought me a light pink candle, the scent was called SweetBerry BeccaBoo, smelled like a kiwi-strawberry starburst to me. :)
Becxy the sexy,
Becca Beautiful (my grandfather calls me this)
- Meanings and history of the name Rebecca: | Edit
Derives from Hebrew word 'ribhqeh.'
The meaning of the name Rebecca is:
- Fettered by Beauty
HISTORY of the SPELLING: "REBECCA"
The ancient Latin Vulgate (from the 4th Century A.D.) was the version of the Bible used within the church for centuries. The Latin Vulgate uses the spelling "REBECCA" exclusively. Centuries later, when the Bible was translated into English in the 1600s (King James Version), the spelling "Rebekah" was used for the Old Testament, while the spelling "Rebecca" was used in the New Testament-(see Romans 9:10). So, the older Biblical spelling is "Rebecca," but both spellings are in the original English Bible. Here is a link to view the online Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, alongside the English translation. The page shows the spelling "Rebecca" in Genesis 49:31. http://www.latinvulgate.com/verse.aspx?t=0&b=1&c=49
- Famous real-life people named Rebecca: | Edit
Rebecca Romijn, American actress and model
Rebecca Sophia Clarke, American children's author
Rebecca De Mornay, American actress
Rebecca Black, American YouTube sensation
Rebecca Miller, American film director
Rebecca Gayheart, American actress
Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery-winning "When You Reach Me"
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Rebbeca Black, signer of 'Friday' on YouTube
Rebecca "Becky" Conner (played by Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke), the eldest daughter on the American television sitcom Roseanne
Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson-Katsopolis (played by Lori Loughlin), a character on the American television sitcom Full House
Rebecca Dopplemeyer, a character in Daniel Clowes's Ghost World graphic novels and the 2001 film adaptation (in which she was played by Scarlett Johansson)
Rebecca Howe (played by Kirstie Alley), the female lead on the American television sitcom Cheers
Rebecca Randall, the title character in the 1903 children's story Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the 1938 film adaptation, which featured Shirley Temple as Rebecca, and the 1917 which had Mary Pickford as Rebecca.
Rebecca "Becky" Thatcher, young Tom Sawyer's love interest in Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Rebecca, the 1938 suspense novel by Daphne du Maurier and the 1940 film adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Rebecca "Becky" Bloomwood of the Shopaholic Series.
Rebecca Logan the spoiled and backstabbing Senator's daughter of the TV Show Greek
Rebecca Mikelson, in two different tv series the originals and the vampire diaries. rebecca mikelson is played by the amazing actress Claire Holt
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