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pinWhat does Rachel mean?

Rachel /ra-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.


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

Kreatif forms: Rachella, Ralchel, Riachel. [more]

pinHow 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)

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

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, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly. These relations of Rachel were at the top of their popularity 44 years ago (adoption of 0.512%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.088%, 83% less), with forms like Shelly becoming less stylish.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rachael, Racheal, Rachelle, Racquel in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rae, Raquel, Ray, Richelle, Rochelle in U.S.

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

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

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Rachel is alike in pronunciation to Richel and Richele. Other suggested similar baby names are Barbel, Batel, Bethel, Carel, Cariel, Carmel, Ceciel, Chel, Dael, Darcel, Darel, Darrel, Erthel, 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.