Rachel (given name)

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For other people with an alternate spelling, see Rachael. For a variation of the name, see Raquel.
Rachel
Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah.jpg
The Biblical Rachel and Leah by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Pronunciation /ˈrəl/ RAY-chəl,
French: [ʁaˈʃɛl]
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning ewe, one with purity
Other names
Nickname(s) Rae Rach
Related names Rachael, Rae, Rahel, Rahela, Raquel, Raye, Ruchel

Rachel (Hebrew: רָחֵל, Standard Raḥel Tiberian Rāḫēl, Rāḥēl‎), Arabic: راحیل, Rāḥīl‎); also spelled Rachael, meaning "ewe")[1][2] is a feminine given name. The name ranks in the top hundred most popular names for girls in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia as well as in Israel. According to United States Social Security card applications in 2005, the name Rachel ranked 38th out of the top 100 names chosen by parents for their baby girls.[3] Statistics for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics show a decline in popularity of the name: it was the 9th most popular name given to baby girls in 1984, but only 235th in 2014.[4][5][6]

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People named Rachel[edit]

People named Rachael[edit]

People named Rachelle[edit]

People named Rahel[edit]

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  1. ^ "Strong's Hebrew: 7353. רָחֵל (rachel) - ewe". Biblehub.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Leah and Rachel (No. 295)". Ccg.org. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  3. ^ 100 most popular baby names for 2005, Chatham Journal
  4. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Babies called Rachel in England & Wales since 1996". Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Baby Names, England and Wales, 1904-1994" (XLS). Office for National Statistics. 28 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Baby Names, England and Wales, 2014" (XLS). Office for National Statistics. 17 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn. "Rachel Urdu Meanings: ریچل - rachel - English to Urdu Dictionary". Hamariweb.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  8. ^ http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/orphan-black/cast-crew/rachel-duncan