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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Deborah
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Deborah in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Deborah:
Records indicate that 738,356 girls in the United States have been named Deborah since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1954, when 54,646 people in the U.S. were given the name Deborah. Those people are now 63 years old.
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Comments about the name Deborah
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17 Positive Comments
"But, what in the 1950's or who, made the name so popular. A movie star? Soap Opera star? What caused the trend at the time?" Jun. 18, 2017:
"I love my name Deborah. It is not a name that you hear very often, and I have not heard of anyone naming their baby girl Deborah over the past decade. It is an unique name... and a beautiful one!" Jun. 17, 2016:
"My whole family (pre marriage) knows me as Debbie. I was Lil' Debbie growing up. Once I became a professional I decided I wanted to be Deborah (my given name) so I have introduced myself as Deborah since I was 20. I love Deborah and don't like Debbie at all anymore. My family still calls me Debbie but my husband and in laws and colleagues all know me as Deborah. I am a young Deborah too, only 30 so I know no one else my age with the name" Mar. 22, 2016:
"I love my name and it's origin (even though I'm not religious). Unfortunately it always gets misspelt whichever the language and people try to shorten it - which is annoying. In Spanish people call me DE-bo-ra and for English speakers I'm Debrah. My family are bilingual so I'm ok with that. I can allow being called Debs or Deb, but don't try calling me Debbie or Debo!" Feb. 19, 2015:
"I love my name. I too was named after Debbie Reynolds by my dad. The only negative connotation is when I hear Debbie Downer, although I have never been called that!" Feb. 15, 2015:
"My name is Deborah as many other's have posted. My name is very special to me. I have had many nicknames during my life. Primarily for many of the reasons already listed. As an adult when people have asked what I would like to be called, I reply Deborah, when asked. I do not get upset if other's deviate from my request. I believe it is both a strong and gracious name. My name was chosen by my mother, she passed away when I was 4 years old. I have been told she carefully chose my name. It is a gift I will always treasure, from her." Nov. 16, 2013:
"I love my name - Deborah! Strong Hebrew prophetess in the Old Testament, and to be associated with bees (thrift, industry, busy)?! Nothing could be better! I love my name and all its forms: Debbie, Deb, Debs..." Jan. 29, 2012:
"I like the name Deborah very much. It's my mom's name. She is more commonly called Debbie by people who know her, but Deborah suits her, just as well as Debbie does. I think she enjoys going by Debbie and has most of her life. I have known Deborahs who went by Deborah only, and people didn't shorten it. I think my mom has liked having the name." Dec. 28, 2011:
"I have a friend named Deborah but she hates that. She wants us all to call her Debbie which I think I might like more, too." Jul. 27, 2011:
"My name is Deborah and that is what I go by and I hate it when I am called Debbie. I like my name as it is common enough that people know it but not so common that lots of people have it." Jul. 5, 2011:
"I love the name DEBBIE, have always liked it since I was 10 years and insisted people call me by that name even though it was NOT my given name. I finally had my name legally changed to DEBBIE this past summer. My name was originally Joan DEBBIE, and now it is DEBBIE Joan. And at 50, I am finally a happy camper." Aug. 4, 2010:
"my name is deborah jade and i love both my names !!!" Nov. 3, 2008:
"I love my name Deborah, pronounced Deb-o-rah. My friends calls me by: Debbie, Deb, Debs, Debster, Debra-Lyn, Rah-Rah, and Debo. I love all my names and I've always heard positive remarks by people who know other Debbies or Deborahs. However, my children refuse to name their daughters after me! I'll just keep on requesting that they do! :)" Oct. 30, 2008:
"Sometimes, I get mad when they call me Deb-or-ah. I think it's nice that my name came out of the Bible. When people spell my name wrong I do not get mad because I know they don't know how to spell it at first. I can understand what it feels like to have your name said incorrectly when they know your name. Ilove my name!" May. 24, 2007:
"This is a lovely name. One of my best friends is called Deborah. We also call her Debbie and Deb, so it is a fairly versatile name!" Aug. 16, 2006:
"People all over the world understand when I say my name is "Deborah" (often pronouning it in a lovely, melodious way.) They usually don't understand if I introduce myself with my nickname - Deb (never Debby or Debbie or Debbi - only because the neighbor's dog had that name when I was 3 so I figured t belonged to the dog!)
Deborah is a strong figure in the bible - a prophetess and a general, and I also find the association with bees to be positive.
This name has served me well for many years. If you are considering it for your little girl, the nost negative thing I can think of is that it is a lot of letters when you first learn to write." May. 7, 2006:
"More times than not I have to spell my name for someone when they ask (otherwise they try to spell it as Debra). Also, one of the biggest problems I have is with people automatically nicknaming me "Debbie" which I hate. Most everyone who knows me calls me "Deb" or "Debs", but people who don't know me tend to assume I go by "Debbie" which really drives me nuts." Apr. 17, 2006:
3 Negative Comments
"Gosh can I relate to all of you! I was named Deborah but was called Debbie from the get go. Once I hit my teens I never felt like my name was right for me. Guys teased me all the time about the porn star Debbie too! Once I got a job and filled out my W-2 I told my boss my name was Deborah. He kept calling me De BOR ah even tho I said it was Deborah. My next job I told my boss my name was Deborah and immediately he started calling me Dibby. Dibby - not Debbie. Recently people started calling me Barbara by mistake and they say it suits me better. I wonder if any other name causes this many problems? I don't like the confusion over Deborah or Barbara or Debbie or Dibby so the best advice I have is pick another name!" Nov. 6, 2011:
"My name is Deborah because my wannabe, social climbing mother who moved to the city from Appalachia in the 1950's decided she wanted a cute little blond ponytailed "Debbie". I started out blond, but grew into a brunette that doesn't resemble anything like a Debbie. My mother was named "Anna Margaret" and since she thought it reflected her backwoods upbringing, she changed her name to what she felt was a more sophisticated "Ann" when she left Appalachia.I have always despised my name in all it's versions - Deborah, Deb, and most of all Debbie. It is always associated in the media in a negative way such as "Debbie Does Dallas" (XXX porn), or "She's a Debbie Downer". Occasionally, a TV sitcom will have an unfortunate Debbie who invariably is portrayed as unintelligent, fat, clumsy, unpopular, or foolish. Deborah sounds snobbish, and Debbie sounds infantile, good only for a baby up to perhaps age 8. After that, Deborah or Deb is what is left. I began calling myself Deborah in my early 20's, but my mother began called me Deb. In my early 50's, I happened to mention how much I disliked the name Debbie, so for some perverse reason my mother began referring to me as Debbie to everyone in the family, and all of her friends. I look nothing like Debbie Reynolds the cute petite curly haired blond bubbley actress my mother desired. I have despised my name all of my life, and attempted to change it but no one will accept calling me by any other name. There is a very good reason the name has dropped out of sight. It is a terrible name to be burdened with, and I hate to think I will have lived my entire life with this atrocious name. It seems a legal name change and a move across country to establish a new identity is the only possibility I have to escape the despicable name I was assigned at birth. Do your future daughter a favor and do NOT name her Deborah. There was once a good news presenter named Deborah, but she was disliked for no apparent reason except for unappealing name, and has been off the air for decades. I believe had her name been Michelle, or anything else, she would have been successful in the media. If you tell people your name is Deborah, they immediately change it to "Debbie". People do NOT like using the name Deborah, and seem to insist on re-naming Deborah's "Debbie" on their own. I've corrected them to no avail. I am in my fifties, and think forward to the day I'm old and in a nursing home - with the staff calling an old, white haired woman "Debbie". Think about it. If there is a more horrid name, I have not heard it. In fact, I hate it so much, I believe it has affected my self-confidence. As another poster said, she has noticed a distinct difference when she introduces herself with a different name. So have I, but to strangers. It's the people who've know me all of my life that are impossible to redirect to another name. I am a "Debbie Downer: about the name Debbie. No wonder." Nov. 2, 2011:
"This is my name (Debra) and although it's an okay name, it certainly isn't a great name. It has no ring to it, it has a negativity about it. I find it quite dull. Over the last few months I decided to change it actually and have been using my new name to get used to it before taking the plunge permanently, and introducing myself to new people I meet as my new name. The difference in reaction to me as my new name as opposed to Debra - if not phenominal, there is 100% definitely a significant increase in immediate and sustained positive reaction with my new name. Even though I am of course exactly the same person behaving the same as i always do. So I'd say most certainly if you're thinking of naming your daughter this one, then don't!" Aug. 27, 2010:
16 Neutral Comments
"I dislike my name Deborah because growing up there was about 6
Debbies in the class.We always had to put our last name initial.I also have been teased about Debbie Does Dallas." Mar. 16, 2017:
"Deborah...my name. Not Debbie, Debby, Debra. I don't get why others seem to want to call you something other than your name." Sep. 28, 2016:
"I like Deborah and Debbie, but not Deb or Debra!
So many people assume it is ok to spell my name wrong, some are even family members? I love my Biblical spelling and like the Hebrew pronunciation as well.
My 4 brothers and I all have Bible names.
David, Timothy, Stephen Deborah and Joel" Jul. 31, 2016:
"My name is Deborah I so like it.when people call me debie debs" Jan. 21, 2016:
"I love my name...Deborah...but totally hate it when I'm called Debby. Can't believe the number of people who, when I introduce myself as Deborah, immediately refer to me as Debby..." Feb. 5, 2015:
"I can’t begin to fathom how there truly would’ve been any dienfrfece in the process in which research was done on the HeLA cells if the dialogue had been more open between patient, doctors, or researchers. If Henrietta had been told in more depth what was occurring within her body, I doubt even if it had been explained to her in an understandable way her cells wouldn’t have been taken and used to experiment with. Now if we are looking into the controversy of the time, concerning the ethics and morals we must understand there were no regulations or laws requiring doctors to make their patients understand their condition.However, I could only see the research in which cancerous HeLa cells were injected into prison inmates changing. If the patients had been well informed about what the side effects could be with cancerous cells entering their body, that researcher would’ve been halted due to individuals being worried about suffering a agonizing death. Otherwise, I seriously don’t think that anything could’ve changed in HeLa history since we are only discussing an open dialogue which only means clearly explaining the situation. Explaining in a clear and concise way may help give the participant knowledge, and alter their decision in being an experimental subject. Although the only person who’s decision could have change this research needed to be Henrietta and I doubt understanding you are going to die was enough reason for her to allow her cells to be taken away." Jun. 16, 2013:
"You have shed a ray of snushine into the forum. Thanks!" Dec. 14, 2011:
"People automatically assume they can call you Debbie (Which I detest!). It is often times mis-spelled as Debra, it is occassionally mis-pronounced as De-bor-ah rather than the preferred Deb-or-ah. It is a name that sort of dates you - not many girls named Deborah after the mid 1970's so it is not a name that has stayed current over the decades. On the plus side, it is not name that will get any teasing, The formal Deborah rather than the nickname "Debbie" is kind of classy and stylish." May. 5, 2011:
"I was also named after Debbie Reynolds.The problem was there were so many of us named after her in the 50s.It's a typical Baby Boomer name.My Dad chose this name for me...and it's ok.If I read or hear of someone with the name Debbie or Deborah,I always know they're around my age.My family calls me Deborah alot,and I'm starting to like the mature sound of that more.Another downside was also being compared to the "Debbie Does Dallas" movie..lol." Oct. 22, 2010:
"My name is Deborah. I'm getting used to it, as long as no one calls me "De-bor-ah". It's not a good pronunciation if it's got "bore" in the middle of it. I wish I could get more nicknames out of Deborah, too. All anyone calls me is Deborah, deb, or Debby." Feb. 10, 2010:
"I have grown up never liking this name. My family calls me Debra although it's Deborah. People who don't know me assume I'm called Debbie, (like they know me or something). I hate it. I don't mind people close to me calling me Deborah. Lately, especially through work, and a local 'common' woman in my town called Debbie, I have stressed my proper name Deborah to be called. I prefer it so much now. Especially if it's pronounced right, as my family have never, ever pronounced it right and that is why I never liked the name. A colleague from an international company at work called me Deborah in the most delectable, and sophisticated tone I have ever heard, and it was then that I knew I loved my name. So Deborah it is." Jul. 27, 2009:
"I am named Deborah Ann. I was named after Debbie Reynolds because she was very popular back then. I love the name and often have to spell it correctly for people. I really don't mind how they pronounce it. I go by Debbie unless it is on legal documents." Aug. 24, 2008:
"This is my name, i love it! My dad chose it for me, which gives me all kind of pride, and it was chosen for its origins from the bible. It is a strong, proud name, and i am probablt biased, but i do think it is beautiful. I have never met another one though. It should be pronounced deb-or-ah, but smoothly:)" Jan. 21, 2007:
"One of my best friends is named Deborah and I like to call her Deb or Debula." Jan. 5, 2007:
"My name is Deborah, I think it's ok, but a bit middle aged, and I'm in my teens. It means I get a lot of nick names: Debbie, Debs, Debo, Debsy, Deb, Debbles. I pronounce it Deb-rah (silent o), and I like it pronounced this way and get annoyed when people insist it should be Deb-or-ah. It's my name I'll pronounce it how I want! Also people sometimes spell it wrong, most commonly Debra, but I once had a friend who spelt it Deboragh." Jan. 5, 2007:
"my mom's name is deborah we call her debbie but i call her mom i think the name is not so great." Apr. 15, 2006:
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