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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 are the baby name popularity trends of the name Rachel compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Rachel only.

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Popularity of name Rachel
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