What does Rachel mean?
The meaning of Rachel is "ewe, female sheep".
Rachel is generally used as a girl's name.
It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ra-chel.
The Given Name Rachel
In the Bible, Rachel is Jacob's favorite wife. She is described as being "beautiful in form and countenance".
According to the bible story, Jacob falls in love with Rachel during a stay with his Uncle Laban and wishes to marry her but is tricked into marrying her older sister Leah first.
While travelling to Canaan Rachel dies in childbirth and is buried by Jacob on the road to Efrat, just outside Bethlehem. Today a site claimed to be Rachel's Tomb, located between Bethlehem and Gilo, is visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Rachel Bilson, and Rachel Carson.
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In contrast, the year before it ranked 172 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,869 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.
The trend's your friend. See how Rachel has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Rachel Name Popularity Page.
Rachel Related Names
Variants of the name Rachel include Racha, Rachael, Rachaele, Rachaell, Rachaelle, Rachal, Rachalle, Racheal, Rachela, Rachell, Rachella, Rachelle, Rachyl, Rackel, Raechael, Raechel, Raechele, Raechell, Raechelle, Raechellia, Raeh, Rakelia, Rakelle, Raschelle, Rashel, Rashele, Rashell, Rashelle.
- Rachel ~ Biblical Character (Gen. 29:6)
- Rachel Bilson ~ Actress
- Rachel Carson ~ Scientist
- Rachel Jarry ~ Basketball Player
- Rachel Lynde ~ Anne of Green Gables character
- Rachel McAdams ~ Actress
- Rachel Nichols ~ Actress
- Rachel Tzvia Back ~ Writer
- Rachel Weisz ~ Actress
Rachel Name Fun
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