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Debby is a cute alternative to the more formal and stoic Deborah. It still offers the vintage feel you desire, however, especially since it is not a top 1,000 option anymore. As of 2020, it is ranked 9,697.

Meaning of the name Debby:

Hebrew: bee

Origin of the name Debby:

The baby name Debby began as a nickname for Deborah before it became a standalone option. Deborah comes from the Hebrew option, Devorah. Deborah itself, however, is the name of a character in Judges in the Old Testament who was a heroine of the Israelite people. The name, and its diminutives like Debby, spread after the Prostestant Reformation.

Symbolism of the name Debby:

Debby comes from the baby name Deborah, allowing it to have the same meaning. Deborah comes from the ancient Hebrew Devorah, which translates to “bee.”

Style of the name Debby:

Traditional

Gender of the name Debby:

Debby is an old-fashioned and informal name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Debby:

DEHB-ee

Number of syllables in the name Debby:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Debby:

Debby is informal and simple. It is vintage and has a young and cute feel to it.

Alternative spellings for the name Debby:

Nicknames for the name Debby:

  • Deb 
  • Debb
  • Debz
  • Debs
  • Deba
  • Debi
  • Dee
  • Dee Dee

Popularity of the name Debby:

Debby was most popular in the mid-twentieth century in America. It became a top 1,000 name in 1946 at rank 961, lasting until 1968 at number 947. The name did its best as a top 400 option from 1957 to 1960, coming in at number 307 in 1959.

Related names for the name Debby:

Great middle names for Debby and their meanings:

  • Carol (strong, manly)
  • Nicole (people of victory)
  • Linnae (lime, linden tree)
  • Lara (laurel leaf, protection)
  • Emma (whole, universal)
  • Charlotte (petite, feminine)
  • Lucille (the light)
  • Scarlett (bright red, seller of red fabric)

Famous people with the name Debby:

  • Debby Applegate (historian, author)
  • Debby Bishop (actress, “Scrubbers”)

Debbys in popular culture:

  • Debby (character from “Leave It to Me”)