Meaning: Its source is Rivka, a Hebrew name meaning "To bind."
Languages: This girl's name is used in English and Italian.
Compound Forms: Rheabecca
Source Forms: Rivka
Popularity: The name Rebecca ranked 48th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 34th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 32nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.
This name is highly rated both on the 1990 U.S. Census list and in state data recording the most popular baby names.
Narrative: The dispute over the meaning of this ancient name revolves around competing images associated with the management of livestock: ''manger,'' ''noose'' and ''cord.''
In the Jewish scriptures, Rebecca is a character known for her beauty and cunning. Abraham, the Patriarch of the Jews, obtains her hand for his son Isaac. She is embroiled in the conflict between her twin boys Esau and Jacob, and encourages Jacob (her favorite) to deceive his father and steal his brother's birthright.
Rebecca and its nickname Becky have been a steady presence in literature for a number of centuries. For example, the tortured title character of the Daphne Du Maurier novel Rebecca (turned into a film by Alfred Hitchock in 1940) created darkly romantic associations for the name.
- Rebecca L. Felton (born 1835, died 1930)
- Senator, Ind. D-Georgia, 1922-1922 (see list of Women in the Senate)
- Rebecca Mark
- 29th Most Powerful Woman, Chairman, CEO Azurix (see list of 1999 Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business)
- Rebecca King
- 1974 Miss America, representing Colorado (see list of Miss America Winners)
- Rebecca Taylor Lee
- Wife of Richard Henry Lee (see list of Wives of Signers of the Declaration of Independence)
- Rebecca Prescott Sherman
- Wife of Roger Sherman (see list of Wives of Signers of the Declaration of Independence)
Science and Philosophy
- Rebecca Craighill Lancefield (born 1895, died 1981)
- Known for her classification of streptococcal bacteria (see list of Biological Scientists)
- Rebecca Lobo
American basketball player.
Stage and Screen
- Rebecca Gayheart (born 1972)
- Portrayed Antonia Marchette in 1995 (see list of Actors on ''Beverly Hills 90210'')
The Literary World
- Rebecca West (born 1892, died 1983)
Pseudonym of English journalist, novelist and critic Cicily Isabel Andrews.
- Wrote The Count and the Castle (see list of Prose Writers of the 20th Century)
- Becky Bucktooth
- Becca Boodle Noodle
- Becky Boop Boop
- Becka Bob
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
- Tree Bark
- Yecky Becky
- Becky Boddle the Poddle
- Becka Boo