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What does Rachel mean?

Rachel Pronunciation of Rachel 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, beautiful


VARIANTS 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, Shelly

RELATED FORMS VIA RAQUEL, RICHELLE, ROCHELLE Racquel, Racquell, Roch, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Roquel



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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)

Rachel reached its highest rank of #9 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #198 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachel name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Rachel (#198 IN 2018) listed in the Top 2000 are Rachael (#1807), Racheal, Rachele, Rachell, Rachelle, Racquel, Rae (#1122), Raechel, Raquel (#932), Ray, Richelle, Rochell, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly. These relations of Rachel were at the top of their popularity 38 years ago (ADOPTION OF 1.32%) and are now significantly less common (ADOPTION 0.13%, 90% LESS), with forms like Shelly becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rachael, Racheal, Rachele, Rachell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rachelle, Racquel, Rae, Raechel, Raquel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray, Richelle, Rochell, Rochelle, Shelley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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

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