Rebecca is the English form of the Hebrew/Aramaic name pronounced like Rivkah. It comes from a word meaning "To tie; bind." It is sometimes purported to mean "beautiful; alluring" etc., This is probably an implied meaning, stemming from the fact that fattened animals prepared for slaughter were often tied and bound, and hence voluptuous, beautiful, desirable.
See Also: Rebekah, Rebecka

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