Talk:Dorcas

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etymology[edit]

I'm not sure why the gazelle etymology in particular was tagged with a fact tag, but according to the OED, dorcas comes from "modern Latin (adopted from the specific epithet of Gazella dorcas, once used as a generic name in its own right), adaptation of Greek δορκάς deer, gazelle."
I've yet to figure out wikipedia's citation system, so I'm not going to add the citation, but if anyone wants to, there's the info and the link. - Severinus 00:36, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Article name[edit]

I have reverted a move to Raising of Tabitha, since we should generally have articles about the people rather than the events, especially if the people are named. Tabitha might actually be more common, but it would need disambiguation, I guess - maybe Tabitha (Bible). So I can see why "Dorcas" is the best article name. StAnselm (talk) 10:09, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

"Dorcas" is more common when referring to her as a charitable figure (e.g. "Dorcas societies" and "Dorcas windows"), while "Tabitha" may be more common with reference to the raising. When I search Google books, I find "Dorcas" to be a little more common overall. I would strongly endorse "Dorcas" as the best article name. -- 101.119.15.59 (talk) 07:33, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
Not sure how you're searching but it is not "more common" at all on Google Books... and that is aside from the fact that Google Books is inherently not representative to determine anything since it totally excludes publications that are not in the form of a book. All the evidence indicates that Tabitha is more common (both Google search, Google Books and all other search engines. And more significantly the Bible mentions Tabitha as a name and then adds Dorca to elaborate (so one is seemingly the actual name while the other seemingly a translation/explanation). —Loginnigol (talk) 21:22, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Except that isn't how disambiguating brackets normally operate on Wikipedia. It's probably best to use WP:RM. StAnselm (talk) 21:40, 21 March 2014 (UTC)