What does Rachael mean?
Rachael /ra-chael/ as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and Rachael means "ewe, female sheep". Rachael is an alternate form of Rachel (Hebrew). Biblical: Jacob's wife. Rachal is a conventional last name.
How popular is Rachael?
Rachael is a very popular first name for women (#406 out of 4276, Top 9%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#131366 out of 150436, Top 87%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Rachael for girls. Rachael reached its peak rank of #111 in the U.S. in the year 1990, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Rachael listed in the Top 1000 are Racheal, Rachel (#155 the previous year), Rachelle and Raquel (#697). Other variants, like Raechel, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Rachael was at its peak during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.76%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.23%, down 69.8%), with the versions Rachael, Racheal, Rachelle and Raquel becoming less stylish. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Rachael and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)