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What does Rachael mean?

Rachael \r(a)-chael\ as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and Rachael means "ewe, female sheep". Rachael is a form of Rachel (Hebrew). Biblical: Jacob's wife.


Rachael has 2 variants: Rashell and Rashelle.

Rachael has 26 more different forms via Rachel: Racheal, Rachelanne, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle, Rachil, Rae, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Ray, Raychel, Raychelle, Rechell, Shell, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachael name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rachael outside U.S.

Prominent variation forms of Rachael listed in the Top 1000 are Racheal, Rachel (#155 the previous year), Rachelle, Rae, Raquel (#697), Ray, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5625%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1148%, down 79.6%), with versions such as Rachael, Raquel, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly becoming somewhat outmoded. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Rachael and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachael, Racheal, Rachel, Rachelle, Rae, Raquel, Ray, Shelley, Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rachael, Rachel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rachael is pronounced similarly to Richel. Another recommended similar baby name is Racquel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rachael.