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  • proper n. A female given name; formerly rare, but since the 1970s popular in all English-speaking countries .

Etymologies

First used by Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice, probably from Hebrew יִסְכָּה (Yiskah, "Iscah" in Genesis 11:29, "Jescha" in the Wycliffe version), a proper name meaning "one who looks forth" ( but apparently not used as an ordinary word with that meaning). (Wiktionary)

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