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Meaning and Name Origin

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.


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.


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 (#12538 out of 88799, Top 14%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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) 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 and are now significantly less popular, with forms like Rachael, Raquel, Rochelle, Shelley and Shelly becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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.