Rebecca

First Name
748k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
400
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys
First
Last
On This Page
Top Celebrities That Influenced Baby Names
Can you guess who ranks #1? Click each list to find out

How to Pronounce Rebecca

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Ireland
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Arizona, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from California, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Canada
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from North Carolina, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Rebecca?

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rebecca mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Rebecca

"Rebecca" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Snare". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau
Wiktionary

The Vulgate (Latin) form of biblical Rebekah, from Hebrew רִבְקָה (Rivka, “enchantingly beautiful, captivating, snare”).

  1. A female given name, in regular use since the Reformation.

Rebecca was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Rebecca

Rebecca Ferguson is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1999 to present. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström on October 19th, 1983 in Stockholm. Rebecca is also known as Sundström and Rebecca Louisa Ferguson (birth name).

Popularity:

Rebecca Hall is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Maria Hall by her parents Peter Hall (director) and Maria Ewing on May 3rd, 1982 in London, England, UK.

Popularity:

Rebecca Romijn is an actress, model, and model (former). She was most prominent from 1991 to 2001. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Alie Romijn on November 6th, 1972 in Berkeley, California.

Popularity:

Rebecca De Mornay is an actress and producer. She was most prominent from 1982 to present. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Jane Pearch on August 29th, 1959 in Santa Rosa, California, U.S. Rebecca is also known as Rebecca George.

Popularity:

Rebecca Black is a pop music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2010. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Renee Black on June 21st, 1997 in Irvine, California, U.S.

Popularity:

Rebecca Gayheart is an actress. Her career lasted from 1990 to 1990. Rebecca was born on August 12th, 1971 in Hazard, Kentucky, U.S.

Popularity:

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rebecca

Popularity:

Biagio was born in 1731. He breathed his last breath in 1808.

Popularity:

Avira Rebecca is a director and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 2007.

Popularity:

He passed away in 1847.

Popularity:

Alberto Rebecca is a soccer player for the Cuoiovaldarno R.F.C., Venezia F.C., A.S.D. SanGiovanniValdarno, PFC Botev Plovdiv, A.C. Carpenedolo, Virtus Verona, A.S.D. Sacilese Calcio, A.S.D. Pol. Tamai, A.D.C. Ars et Labor Grottaglie, U.S. Pianese A.S.D., and Luparense San Paolo F.C. Alberto was born on May 30th, 1985 in Montebelluna.

Popularity:

How popular is the baby name Rebecca in the U.S.?

Click Here to Show Chart Data
Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 236 236 0 #92 girl name
1881 226 226 0 #96 girl name
1882 259 259 0 #99 girl name
1883 244 244 0
1884 278 278 0
1885 302 302 0 #100 girl name
1886 355 355 0 #95 girl name
1887 275 275 0
1888 337 337 0
1889 337 337 0
1890 374 374 0
1891 320 320 0
1892 353 353 0
1893 358 358 0
1894 399 399 0
1895 386 386 0
1896 371 371 0
1897 376 376 0
1898 376 376 0
1899 347 347 0
1900 503 503 0
1901 342 342 0
1902 382 382 0
1903 334 334 0
1904 371 371 0
1905 402 402 0
1906 397 397 0
1907 400 400 0
1908 451 451 0
1909 477 470 7
1910 519 519 0
1911 546 546 0
1912 754 754 0
1913 744 739 5
1914 897 890 7
1915 1,169 1,169 0
1916 1,132 1,132 0
1917 1,215 1,215 0
1918 1,253 1,243 10
1919 1,267 1,267 0
1920 1,277 1,269 8
1921 1,272 1,272 0
1922 1,303 1,296 7
1923 1,280 1,273 7
1924 1,365 1,359 6
1925 1,212 1,204 8
1926 1,149 1,144 5
1927 1,266 1,260 6
1928 1,122 1,122 0
1929 1,084 1,084 0
1930 1,120 1,113 7
1931 1,097 1,089 8
1932 1,196 1,189 7
1933 1,073 1,073 0
1934 1,167 1,161 6
1935 1,208 1,208 0
1936 1,211 1,201 10
1937 1,217 1,208 9
1938 1,583 1,574 9
1939 1,804 1,795 9
1940 2,567 2,555 12 #96 girl name
1941 2,933 2,925 8 #86 girl name
1942 3,252 3,241 11 #85 girl name
1943 3,275 3,268 7 #87 girl name
1944 3,259 3,247 12 #84 girl name
1945 3,337 3,331 6 #85 girl name
1946 4,850 4,840 10 #68 girl name
1947 6,344 6,331 13 #52 girl name
1948 6,812 6,796 16 #50 girl name
1949 8,793 8,775 18 #40 girl name
1950 9,443 9,426 17 #36 girl name
1951 10,950 10,935 15 #32 girl name
1952 12,247 12,224 23 #30 girl name
1953 12,980 12,959 21 #24 girl name
1954 13,231 13,211 20 #26 girl name
1955 12,414 12,393 21 #27 girl name
1956 12,193 12,174 19 #27 girl name
1957 11,518 11,486 32 #34 girl name
1958 10,421 10,405 16 #41 girl name
1959 10,495 10,475 20 #38 girl name
1960 9,992 9,968 24 #38 girl name
1961 10,264 10,234 30 #44 girl name
1962 9,428 9,406 22 #47 girl name
1963 9,422 9,393 29 #44 girl name
1964 9,496 9,473 23 #46 girl name
1965 10,242 10,215 27 #41 girl name
1966 9,814 9,777 37 #40 girl name
1967 9,847 9,818 29 #39 girl name
1968 10,259 10,230 29 #33 girl name
1969 10,988 10,950 38 #28 girl name
1970 10,886 10,857 29 #29 girl name
1971 12,241 12,195 46 #23 girl name
1972 13,321 13,257 64 #14 girl name
1973 14,926 14,870 56 #10 girl name
1974 15,216 15,167 49 #10 girl name
1975 13,996 13,926 70 #11 girl name
1976 14,545 14,492 53 #12 girl name
1977 14,252 14,194 58 #17 girl name
1978 13,856 13,800 56 #17 girl name
1979 14,599 14,547 52 #17 girl name
1980 15,328 15,280 48 #17 girl name
1981 16,803 16,739 64 #12 girl name
1982 15,790 15,726 64 #15 girl name
1983 14,771 14,712 59 #19 girl name
1984 13,391 13,346 45 #23 girl name
1985 12,754 12,702 52 #25 girl name
1986 11,844 11,788 56 #26 girl name
1987 11,676 11,629 47 #25 girl name
1988 11,908 11,869 39 #26 girl name
1989 12,517 12,433 84 #24 girl name
1990 13,710 13,671 39 #21 girl name
1991 13,329 13,297 32 #21 girl name
1992 13,131 13,111 20 #20 girl name
1993 12,336 12,316 20 #22 girl name
1994 11,295 11,279 16 #24 girl name
1995 9,918 9,904 14 #28 girl name
1996 10,636 10,624 12 #24 girl name
1997 9,634 9,624 10 #26 girl name
1998 8,429 8,418 11 #30 girl name
1999 7,438 7,427 11 #38 girl name
2000 7,069 7,061 8 #39 girl name
2001 5,890 5,883 7 #46 girl name
2002 5,219 5,211 8 #54 girl name
2003 4,864 4,858 6 #63 girl name
2004 4,478 4,456 22 #70 girl name
2005 4,012 4,003 9 #81 girl name
2006 3,565 3,559 6 #96 girl name
2007 3,218 3,213 5
2008 2,917 2,910 7
2009 2,468 2,463 5
2010 2,286 2,286 0
2011 2,113 2,113 0
2012 2,010 2,010 0
2013 1,794 1,794 0
2014 1,777 1,777 0
2015 1,718 1,718 0
2016 1,563 1,563 0

Explain the Trends

Do you know what increased the popularity of Rebecca or caused it to decline? Let us know below

Where is the name Rebecca popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Rebecca as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Rebecca as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in West Virginia, Vermont, or Kentucky.

Popularity of Rebecca as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Rebecca as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, Illinois, or New Jersey.

Common last names for Rebecca

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Jackson
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Lewis
  • Clark

Common first names for Rebecca

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rebecca U.S.
  White 74.50% 64.26%
  African American 15.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rebecca

People with the last name Rebecca are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Rebecca

  • How Popular is the name Rebecca? Rebecca is the 71st most popular name of all time. As a last name Rebecca was the 51,941st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rebecca have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 747,573 babies born with the first name Rebecca in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rebecca to occupy the country of Equatorial Guinea with an estimated population of 740,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rebecca? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 236 new born babies.
  • When was Rebecca first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rebecca is Wednesday, December 2nd, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Rebecca born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rebecca was in 1981 with a total of 16,739 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rebecca!
  • Random Rebecca Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rebecca ranks 90th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 82 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Rebecca: Your name in reverse order is Acceber. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reacbec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rebecca? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 400 people with the last name Rebecca.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rebecca? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rebecca as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Rebeccas Have Visited This Page?

Name poster for Rebecca

Name poster for Rebecca(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

All Name Lists

  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.