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What does Rachel mean?

Rachel \r(a)-chel\ 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.


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.

Rachel has 16 more related forms via Raquel, Richelle, Rochelle: Racquel, Racquell, Ricca, Ricci, Ricki, Rikki, Rikkie, Roch, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Rochette, Roquel, Roschella, Roschelle and Roshelle.


Popularity

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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Rachel for girls. Rachel reached its highest rank of #9 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #155 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rachel and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Rachel (#155 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Rachael, Racheal, Rachelle, Racquel, Rae, Raquel (#697 in 2014), Ray, Richelle, Ricki, Rikki, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4433%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.0765%, down 82.7%), with forms like Rachael, Raquel, Rochelle, Shelley and Shelly becoming somewhat outmoded. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachael, Racheal, Rachel, Rachelle, Racquel, Rae, Raquel, Ray, Richelle, Ricki in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rikki, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Rachel is alike in pronunciation to Richel and Richele. Other suggested similar baby names are Raizel, Rayzel and Richela. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rachel.

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