[ 3 syll. re-bec-ca, reb-e-cca ] The baby girl name Rebecca is pronounced in English as Rah-BEHK-ah †. Rebecca's language of origin is Hebrew. It is predominantly used in English, French, and Italian. Rebekah (Hebrew) is an original form of the name. The name could be derived from the Hebrew element marbek, or else it could be from ribqah in reference to the bond of marriage. It could also be of Aramaic origin, as it was borne in the Old Testament of the Bible by the Aramean Rebecca, the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau. The name has traiditionally been a favorite among Jews; it was widely adopted by English Puritans by the 16th century. The name was later popularized by the Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca (1938), which was made into a successful film (1940). In Scotland, the name has been used as an Anglicization of the Gaelic Beathag.
The name Rebecca is widely used; it has 65 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. English variants of Rebecca include Bec, Becks, Bekka, Bex, Rabecca, Reb, Rebakah, Rebba, Rebble, Rebeca (used in Portuguese, Spanish, and Welsh as well), Rebeccea, Rebeckia, Rebecky, Rebeha, Rebeka (used in Czech, Hungarian, and Polish as well), Rebekke, Rebequa, Rebeque, Reby, Reeba, Rena, Revekah, Rheba, Riba, Ribecca, Rimca, Rivah, and Rivkah. Other English forms include the shortenings Becca (used in African and Hebrew as well) and Reba, the familiar forms Beck, Becka, Beckah, Becke, Beckee, Becker, Beckey, Becki, Beckie, Becky (used in Hebrew, and Yiddish as well), Beki, Bekki, Bekkie, Rebbie, and Rebi, and the spelling variants Rebbeca, Rebbecca, Rebbecka, Rebeccah, Rebeccka, Rebecha, Rebeckah, Rebekah (used in Hebrew, Polish, and Yiddish as well), Rebekha, Rebekka (used in German, and Scandinavian as well), and Rebekkah.
Variants used in foreign languages include Reveca (Romanian and Slavic), Reveka (Greek and Slavic), Revekka (Russian), Rébecca (French), Ribqah (Hebrew), and Rifka (Yiddish). The shortenings Riva (Hebrew) and Rivka (Hebrew), and the spelling variant Rebecka (Scandinavian) are other foreign forms.
Rebecca is an all-time favorite. At present it is still a popular baby girl name, but not as much as it was in the past. Its usage peaked in 1974 with 0.968% of baby girls being named Rebecca. It was #10 in rank then. The baby name has steeply dropped in popularity since then, and in recent times it is of only modest use. In 2018, it ranked at #214 with a usage of 0.078%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Rebecca was used 4 times more than the next most popular name, Rebekah, in 2018. The name Rebecca has been primarily given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. In 1975, 207 times as many baby girls than boys were given the name Rebecca.
Baby names that sound like Rebecca include Rebeccah, Rebeccka, Rebecha, Rebeckah, Rebekah, Rafelle, Rebecky, Rezepha, Rezephah, Rozafa, Rubea, Rebeccea, Rebeckia, Rezephia, Rezephiah, Rafah, Rhizpa, and Rhizpah.
† Pronunciation for Rebecca: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Rebecca:
Author Rebecca West, born Cicily Isabel Fairfield 21 December 1892 - 15 March 1983, London, England.
Basketball Player Rebecca Lobo, born 6 October 1973, Southwick, Massachusetts.
Model Rebecca Romijn, born 6 November 1972, Berkeley, California.
Singer Carlene Carter, born Rebecca Carlene Smith September 26, 1955, Nashville, Tennessee.