This name is an anglicized feminine form, derived from an Aramaic word, translated into Hebrew: “ṭabītā”, meaning “gazelle”. It is a biblical name, in which Tabitha is a woman raised from the dead by Saint Peter. The name was most popular in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was ranked among the 200 most popular names for girls. Dorcas (also known as Tabitha) was a disciple who lived in Joppa, referenced in the Book of Acts 9:36–42 of the Bible. The name Dorcas is Greek translation of the Aramaic name Tabitha, One species of gazelle is now known as the Dorcas gazelle.
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