Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Rebecca f. Hebrew רִבְקָה 'connection', from Proto-Semitic *r-b-q 'to join, couple, tie'.

The name of a Biblical matriarch. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Rebecca.

The name came into use in England in the scond half of the 16th C, and was never common elsewhere.

England
Dutch
1571 Rebecca AuFr s'Broeders; 1573 Rebecca ibid. Mol; 1576 Rebecca ibid. Crucen; 1577 Rebecca ibid. Sijmons; 1579 Rebecca ibid. Klercks; 1582 Rebecca ibid. Francken; 1584 Rebecca ibid. Willemsz; 1589 Rebecca ibid. Hout; 1590 Rebecca ibid. Nuaert; 1592 Rebecca ibid. Swarte; 1593 Rebecca ibid. Clouens; 1594 Rebecca ibid. Gast; 1595 Rebecca ibid. Fusijn; 1596 Rebecca ibid. Duijman; 1597 Rebecca ibid. Eechout; 1598 Rebecca ibid. Jansen
Early Modern English
1571/2 Rebecca RegBisham p. 3; 1572 Rebecca SaxhamSf p. 56; 1575 Rebecka StAnthonlin p. 24; 1576 Rebecka ibid. p. 25; 1577/8 Rebecca RegBisham p. 28; 1578 Rebecka StAnthonlin p. 27; 1580 Rebecca HAmar-vol9 p. 15, Rebecka CAmar-vol1 p. 3; 1581 Rebecka RegBath p. 5; 1584/5 Rebecka ibid. p. 6; 1585 Rebecca bruton1 p. 46; 1590 Rebecca DEmar-vol2 p. 20, Rebecka RegBath p. 9; 1592 Rebecca HAmar-vol9 p. 15; 1593 Rebecca DEmar-vol2 p. 26; 1594 Rebecca ibid. p. 29; 1596 Rebecca RegBisham p. 20
Middle French
1574 Rebeca WCS p. 42; 1576 Rebeca ibid. p. 43; 1579 Rebeca ibid. p. 44; 1582 Rebca ibid. p. 46; 1590 Rebecca ibid. p. 23; 1592 Rebecca ibid. p. 24; 1595 Rebecca ibid. p. 51
Walloon
1582 Rebecca RWC p. 4; 1582/3 Rebecca ibid. p. 5; 1583 Rebecca ibid. p. 6, Rebeccq ibid. p. 7; 1591 Rebecca ibid. p. 19; 1592/3 Rebecca ibid. p. 26; 1593 Rebecca ibid. p. 26; 1593/4 Rebecca ibid. p. 31; 1594 Rebecca ibid. p. 33, Rhebecca ibid. p. 32
France
Middle French
1567 Rebeca RegPCC-1 p. 289; 1568 Rebeca ibid. p. 363
Cite as: A. Brown, S.L. Uckelman. "Rebecca". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2020/1/name/Rebecca.