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For the television series, see Tabitha (TV series). For the New Testament character known in Greek as Dorcas, see Dorcas.
Pronunciation /ˈtæbθə/
Gender Female
Word/name Biblical
Meaning "Gazelle" and "Graceful"
Region of origin Aramaic
Other names
Related names Tabetha, Tabytha, Tabatha, Tabahta, Tabathina, Tabea, Tabby, Tibby, Tabbycat, Tab

Tabitha (/ˈtæbθə/) is an English language feminine given name, derived from an Aramaic word טביתא ṭabītā that means gazelle.[1] Cf. Hebrew צְבִיָּה (Tzviya). It is a biblical name from Acts 9:36, which in the original Greek was Ταβιθά, in which Tabitha (Dorcas in Greek) is a woman raised from the dead by Saint Peter. Other alternate spellings include Tabytha, Tabahta, Tabathina and Tabea. Nicknames include Tab, Tabbi, Tabby, Tibby and Tabs.

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]




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

Fictional characters[edit]



Movies and television[edit]

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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dorcas". The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05. Columbia University Press. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Baby Planners
  4. ^ "View Name: Tabitha". Retrieved 2007-12-20.