🔼The name Tabitha in the Bible
Tabitha is the Aramaic name of Dorcas, the female disciple from Joppa who Peter raises from the dead (Acts 9:36 and 9:40). The name Tabitha resembles the Aramaic word talitha, which occurs in another famous scene in which a woman is raised from the dead, namely the rising of Jairus' daughter by Jesus (Mark 5:41).
🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Tabitha
According to the author of the Book of Acts, the name Tabitha means the same as Dorcas, which means gazelle. This makes it likely that the name Tabitha originates in the Aramaic word טביא (tabya), meaning deer of gazelle. According to Marcus Jastrow's Dictionary of the Targumim, the talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, this Aramaic word is related to the Hebrew noun צביה (sebiya — or pronounced rather as tzebiaya) meaning gazelle:
In Hebrew this word is closely related to the meaning of beauty. A Hebrew name that came from this word, and which may be the Hebrew equivalent of the Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas, is Zibiah.
The name Tabitha means Gazelle.