What does Rachel mean?
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▼.more]
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)
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)
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.
Thinking of names?
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.