- A female given name, in regular use since the Reformation.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Romans 9:10-12 ↗::
- And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
- 1809 Charles and Mary Lamb, Poetry for Children: Choosing a Name:
- They would say, if 'twas Rebecca,
- That she is a little Quaker.
- 1949 Henry Miller, Sexus, Grove Press 1965, ISBN 0802151809, page 312:
- "What's her name?" I asked. "Rebecca. Rebecca Valentine." The name Rebecca excited me. I had always wanted to meet a woman called Rebecca - and not Becky. ( Rebecca, Ruth, Roxane, Rosalind, Frederika, Ursula, Sheila, Norma, Guinevere, Leonora, Sabina, Malvina, Solange, Deirdre. What wonderful names women had! Like flowers, stars, constellations...)
- 1997 Robert T. Tauber, Self-fulfilling Prophecy, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 0275955028, page 61:
- Our daughter's name, Rebecca, summons up similar visions. Although our family is not Jewish, both names (David and Rebecca) have a Hebrew ancestry which, in the eyes of many beholders ( i.e. teachers ) invokes a vision of a family that values education.
Rebecca (plural Rebeccas)
- (historical) One who protested in the Rebecca Riots; a Rebeccaite.