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Rachel Meaning


What does Rachel mean?

The name Rachel is of Hebrew origin.

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

Rachel is derived from the Hebrew Rachel (רָחֵל) meaning "ewe".

In the Bible, Rachel is Jacob's favorite wife. She is described as being "beautiful in form and countenance".

The mother of Joseph and Benjamin she is also the daughter of Laban, niece of Rebecca, sister of Leah (Jacob's first wife), and Jacob's first cousin.

Rachel is considered one of the four matriarchs, along with Sarah (Abraham's wife), Rebekah (Isaac's wife) and Leah (Jacob's first wife).

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.

Rachel falls into the name categories animal, biblical.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Rachel Bilson, and Rachel Carson.

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Rachel Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 198 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,544 occurrences. It ranked 13,546 in baby name popularity for boys with 5 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 193 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,610 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

Famous Rachels

  • 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 Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Rachel.

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Rachel Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Rachel in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Rachel.

Just for fun, see the name Rachel in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Rachel in Nautical Flags page.