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Rachel meaning and name origin
Rachel \r(a)-chel\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Rachael, Racheal, Rachelanne, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle, Rachil, Rae, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Ray, Raychel, Raychelle, Rashell, Rashelle, Raychel, Rechell, Shell, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly.
Baby names that sound like Rachel are Richel, Racquel, Richele, Richela, Rochell and Rochele.
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Popularity of Rachel
Rachel is a very popular first name for women (#79 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12538 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Rachel for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Rachel with its variant forms and related girl baby names.