Tabitha

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For the television series spun off from Bewitched, see Tabitha (TV series). For the New Testament character known in Greek as Dorcas, see Dorcas.
Tabitha
Pronunciation /ˈtæbɨθə/
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name Biblical
Meaning "Gazelle"
Region of origin Aramaic
Other names
Related names Tabetha, Tabytha, Tabatha, Tabathina, Tabea, Tabby, Tibby

Tabitha, also commonly spelled as Tabetha, or Tabatha, /ˈtæbɨθə/ is an English language feminine given name, derived from an Aramaic word טביתא ṭabītā that means gazelle.[1] It is a biblical name from Acts 9:36, in which Tabitha is a woman raised from the dead by Saint Peter. Other alternate spellings include Tabytha, Tabathina and Tabea. Nicknames include Tab, Tabby and Tibby.

The name was common in 18th century New England, and of those born between 1718 and 1745, ranked about 31st as most common female given names, about 0.56% of the population. The name gained a resurgence in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was ranked among the 200 most popular names for girls. The character Tabitha Stephens, a child witch on the 1960s television situation comedy Bewitched, raised the profile of the name. It has since declined in popularity. In 2009 it was the 647th most popular name for girls in the United States.[2] The name was the 209th most popular name for girls in England and Wales in 2007.[3]

Tabitha is rare as a surname.[4]

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Tabatha[edit]

  • Tabatha Coffey, Australian hairstylist, salon owner, and television personality

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Video games[edit]

  • Tabitha, a character in the 2010 video game Fallout New Vegas
  • Tabitha, a character in the DS game Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Team Magma Admin. Tabitha, Team Magma second in command from the Pokémon game franchise (it is worth noting that Tabitha is in fact a man)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dorcas". The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05. Columbia University Press. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi
  3. ^ Baby Planners
  4. ^ "View Name: Tabitha". behindthename.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20.