Girl Names baby nameRebecca

What does the name Rebecca mean?

The different meanings of the name Rebecca are:
  • American meaning: To tie or bind
  • Hebrew meaning: Bound to God; a knotted cord; (sometimes also used to refer to a heifer)
  • Italian meaning: Bound
The meaning of the name “Rebecca” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name is an adaptation of the Hebrew name Rivqah. This is the also the name of wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came to be used as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was common with the Puritans in the 17th century.

The name means "a snare" in Hebrew. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Rebecca is: Captivating or a knotted cord. Other suggested meanings of the name are "snare", "noose", "tied up", "secured", and even "beautifully ensnaring".

Some talented people who currently adorn the name are Rebecca Black, Rebecca Ferguson both of them are pop singers, Rebecca Alie Romijn an American actress and former fashion model, and popular German model Rebecca Mir.

The year when the name Rebecca was most popular was 2000 representing 0.354 percent of total girl child’s born in the year. For 2014, the number of births with name Rebecca represented 0.091 percent of total birth in the year in U.S. The name has mostly been popular among the parents in the countries U.S. and U.K.

The name also has a place in the Folktales of Newfoundland which has a character named Rebecca.

Other unique spellings for the name are Rebeccah, Rebeckah and Rebecka. Popular nicknames used are Becca, Becka, Beckah, Becky, Reba, Becci and Bekki.

Rebecca has its own adoptions in different countries like Rebekka in Greek, Rivqah in Hebrew, Rebekka in Danish, Dutch,  Finnish, Rébecca in French, Rebekka in German, Rebekah in Hungarian, Rebekka as Norwegian, Rebeca in Portuguese, and Rebeca in Spanish.