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Rachel

What does Rachel mean?

Rachel Pronunciation of Rachel [rachel] as a girls' name is pronounced RAY-chel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rachel is "ewe, female sheep". Biblical: Jacob's wife, described as being "beautiful in form and countenance". Jennifer Aniston's character in the popular TV series "Friends" was named Rachel. Rachelle (ra-SHELL) is a variant pronunciation; Raquel is popular in Spain. See also Richelle and Rochelle. Actresses Raquel Welch, Rachel Ward, Rachel Griffins; author Rachel Carson.

Associated with: biblical, beautiful.

Variations

Rachel has 30 variants: Rachael, Racheal, Rachelanne, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle, Rachil, Rae, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Rashell, Rashelle, Ray, Raychel, Raychel, Raychelle, Rechell, Shell, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly.

7 more related forms via Raquel, Richelle, Rochelle: Racquel, Racquell, Roch, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella and Roquel.

Creative forms:
(female) Rochel, ..

(male)

Middle name pairings:
Rachel Kassandra (R.K.), ..

How popular is Rachel?

Rachel is a very prominent first name for women (#79 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#12181 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rachel reached its highest rank of #9 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #167 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Rachel (#167 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Rachael (#1304 in 2015), Racheal, Rachele, Rachell, Rachelle, Racquel, Rae, Raechel, Raquel (#750), Ray, Richelle, Rochell, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly. These relations of Rachel were at the top of their popularity 24 years ago (adoption of 1.66%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.15%, 91% less), with forms like Shelly becoming less stylish.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray, Richelle, Rochell, Rochelle, Shelley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rachel is alike in pronunciation to Richel and Richele. Other suggested similar names are Barbel, Batel, Bethel, Carel, Cariel, Carmel, Ceciel, Chel, Dael, Darcel, Darel, Darrel, Erthel (see Eartha), Ethel, Gael, Gayel, Hadeel, Hazel, Jacquel, Jael, Jahnel, Janel, Janiel, Jannel, Jayel, Karel, Karmel, Lael, Laurel, Mabel, Madel, Maidel, Mariel, Marvel, Michael, Nachell, Rachana, Radha, Raedell, Raelee, Raene, Rafaela, Railey, Raine, Rainee, Rainey, Raizel, Ramee, Ramie, Ramsey, Ranae, Randee, Ranee, Raphaela, Raphella, Rasheda, Raven, Rawley, Raye, Rayne, Raynee, Raynell, Rayney, Rayzel, Raziela, Rhea, Richela, Richella, Richia, Richmal, Rickee, Rondel and Ruthe. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rachel.

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