Rebecca Name Meaning & Origin

Rebecca

Pronunciation: rə-BEH-kə (key)

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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Rebeca, Rebecka, Rebekah, Rebekka, Rivka

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Meanings and history of the name Rebecca

Derives from Hebrew word 'ribhqeh.'
The meaning of the name Rebecca is:
- Snare
- Fettered by Beauty
- Captivating
- Peacemaker
- Determined

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

Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe creator and role model
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"

Rebecca in song, story & screen

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 "Becca" Louise Chadwick, character in Heather Vogel Frederick's "The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
Rebekah Mikelson, in two different tv series the originals and the vampire diaries. Rebekah Mikelson is played by the amazing actress Claire Holt paytm wallet offers
Rebecca, a character in One Piece
Rebecca Bunch, protagonist in the CW series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Played by Rachel Bloom)
Rebecca, a character in season 2 of The Walking Dead game by telltale
Rebecca "Bex" Baxter, a character in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls book series

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