If your name is Rebecca, you are a strong, original thinker. In fact, your originality and strength are the cornerstones of your personality. You are the one to think up new and innovative ideas, and you are so strong in trying to bring them to fruition that you can become quite stubborn if somebody has the nerve to tell you something can’t be done. You are willing to take all the risks necessary to make your ideas real, and you don’t let obstacles stand in your way. You bring energy, decisiveness, and strength to everything you do. Your stubborn nature and unwillingness to take no for an answer can lead to some truly amazing results . . . bringing new and exciting things to the world. You love your independence, but at the same time, you naturally attract people to you with your social skills and charming nature. You are naturally friendly and interested in others, which might lead you to situations in life and work that deal with the public. Others seek you out for good advice (but sometimes you might not be willing to take your own good counsel)! But be careful not tone down your opinions in matters that are complicated or controversial.
The name Rebecca is derived from the Hebrew name Rivkah found in the Old Testament book of Genesis. The Hebrew word Rivkah can be interpreted to mean “captivating”, which it seems would actually describe the Biblical Rebecca. In Genesis, Rebecca was Isaac’s wife and the mother of the twin brothers Jacob and Esau. Rebecca has always been a common Jewish name, but similar to many other Old Testament names, was brought into Christian naming tradition by the Puritans in the seventeenth century and eventually to America.
Rebecca was a popular name in the United States from even before there was a United States. From the time of the colonies and ever since, the name Rebecca has enjoyed popular status. Starting in 1940, Rebecca came to the Top 100, and during the 1970s, it averaged the 15th most popular name for girls in America. It continued in the Top 25 for most of the 1980s and 90s, but is dipping slightly since the start of the 21st century.
The most famous Rebecca on our list is film and television actress Rebecca De Mornay. The film role that brought her to prominence was her portrayal of Lana in the 1983 film “Risky Business”, though she best known for her chilling performance in the 1992 film “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Other famous Rebeccas include actresses Rebecca Schaeffer and Rebecca Gayheart, model and actress Rebecca Romijn, and journalist Rebecca Jarvis.