Of relatively recent origin and uncertain etymology. It is first recorded in the 19th century. It may be a shortened form of Belinda, an adoption of Spanish linda ‘pretty’, or a Latinate derivative of any of various other Germanic female names ending in -lind meaning ‘weak, tender, soft’. It was popular in the 20th century, especially in the 1950s.
German: from Middle High German rebe ‘vine’ + stock ‘stick’, ‘cane’, ‘stem’, i.e. ‘vine’, a metonymic occupational name for a vine-dresser or vintner, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by a living vine or a sign depicting a vine. Compare Rebholz.