Rebekah: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Rebekah
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.
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**** Actually, both "REBECCA" and "REBEKAH" are Biblical spellings. You may be surprised to learn that "Rebecca" is the older spelling. SEE COMMENTS BELOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE NAME.
This is my name and I love the biblical spelling, but no one EVER spells it correctly. Its actually amazing how many ways that people will spell Rebekah without ever considering this spelling. Rebecca, Rebekka, Rebecka, Rebhecka, Rebekkah, Rebeckah. I usually have to spell it at least twice, but once they get it, I'm always complimented on it.
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I completely agree with your comment,im Rebekah, i always have to spell it, then explain the spelling but people always compliment it, i did hate it growing up, didnt seem a strong or cool enough name to me through my teen years, but ive grown into it! still known as Beckie rather than Rebekah though!!
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Becky, Bekka, Reba, Bekah, Bek, Bey
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For those interested in the "Biblical spelling" of the name: The original spelling of the name was in Hebrew, which uses an entirely different alphabet than English. However, between the spellings "REBECCA" and "REBEKAH," many people are surprised to know that the older Biblical spelling is actually "REBECCA." (A common misconception is that "Rebekah" is the older spelling or that it is the only Biblical spelling, which is not correct.) 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
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