Tabitha - Meaning of Tabitha
[ 3 syll. ta-bit-ha, tab-i-tha ] The baby girl name Tabitha is pronounced TAEBih-THah (English) †. Tabitha is of Aramaic origin, and it is used largely in the English and German languages. It is a biblical name derived literally from the word tabitha which means 'gazelle, doe, roe'. The name was borne in the Bible by a charitable Christian woman raised from the dead by the apostle Peter; her name was also recorded as the Greek form Dorcas. It was adopted by the English Puritans in the 17th century. It later suffered a decline in use via association with the character of the motherly cat in the children's books by the English author Beatrix Potter in the early 19th century. Through her influence, the name has commonly been bestowed on cats in England.
Tabitha has 30 forms. Forms include Tab, Tabaith, Tabathe, Tabathia, Tabbee, Tabbey, Tabbi, Tabbotha, Tabbytha, Tabetith, Tabi, Tabiatha, Tabithah, Tabithia, Tabotha, Tabtha, Tebeth, Thabitha, and Tobitha. Other English forms include the diminutive forms Tabbie and Tabby, and the variant spellings Tabatha, Tabbatha, Tabbetha, Tabbitha, Tabetha, Tabita (used in German as well), Tabithe, and Tabytha. A foreign variant is the diminutive form Tabea (German).
Tabitha is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for girls, though to a lesser extent than it was before. At the modest peak of its usage in 1978, 0.140% of baby girls were given the name Tabitha. It ranked at #126 then. The baby name has since substantially declined in popularity, and it is of only infrequent use in recent years. In 2012, it ranked at #771 with a usage of 0.018%, but it was nonetheless the most widely used out of all girl names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Tabitha include Tabatha, Tabbatha, Tabbetha, Tabbitha, Tabbotha, Tabbytha, Tabetha, Tabetith, Tabita, Tabithah, Tabotha, Tabytha, Tapatee, Tapatey, Tapati, Tapaty, Tapatye, Thabitha, Tobitha, and Tabathia.
† Pronunciation for Tabitha: T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"