🔼The name Dorcas: Summary
- Deer, Seer
- From the noun δορκας (dorkas), deer or doe.
🔼The name Dorcas in the Bible
Dorcas, also known as Tabitha, is a female disciple of Jesus living in Joppa, where she manufactures garments (Acts 9:36 and 9:39). When she falls ill and dies, her fellow disciples call for Peter, who is just in the neighboring town of Lydda. When Peter prays over her body and says, "Tabitha, arise," she promptly does.
🔼Etymology of the name Dorcas
The name Dorcas is the same as the proper noun δορκας (dorkas), meaning deer or doe or at least denoting an animal of the deer kind (Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon). Liddell and Scott add that this animal is "so called from its large bright eyes".
A related verb is δερκομαι (derkomai), meaning to look or see. And another one is δερκω (derko), meaning to look upon, see. (William J. Slater, Lexicon to Pindar — which is an ancient Greek poet).
Dorcas means Deer but indirectly it means Seer.