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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.


Rachael has 2 variants: Rashell and Rashelle.

Rachael has 15 more different relations via Rachel: Racheal, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle, Rachil, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel, Raychel and Rechell.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Richael, Rochael, ..

(male) Rameo, Rashad, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Rachael for girls. Rachael reached its peak rank of #111 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #1164. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachael name in U.S.

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

Prominent variation forms of Rachael (#1164 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Racheal, Rachel (#155 the previous year), Rachele, Rachell, Rachelle, Raechel and Raquel (#697). Other variants, like Raechell, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Rachael was at its peak 18 years ago (usage of 1.59%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.16%, down 89.6%), with versions such as Rachelle becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachael, Racheal, Rachel, Rachele, Rachell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachelle, Raechel, Raquel in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Rachael is pronounced similarly to Richel, Richele, Rochele and Rochell. Other recommended names are Jacquel, Jahnel, Michael, Rachana, Rachanna, Racquel, Racquell, Radha, Rafaela, Raffaela, Raffaele, Raisabel, Raizel, Ranae, Raphaela, Raphaella, Raphaelle, Rashana, Rayzel, Rephaela (see Raphaela), Rhae, Richela and Richmal. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rachael.