What does Rachel mean?
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.
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▼.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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.