Rachel (given name)

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Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah.jpg
Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah, the Biblical Rachel and Leah by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1855)
Pronunciation/ˈrəl/ RAY-chəl,
French: [ʁaˈʃɛl],
German: [ʁaˈxɛl] (Germany) or [raˈxɛl] (Austria/Switzerland),
Dutch: [ˈrɑxɛl]
Meaningewe, one with purity
Other names
Nickname(s)Rae, Rach
Related namesRachael, Rae, Rahel, Rahela, Raquel, Raye, Ruchel

Rachel (Hebrew: רָחֵל, Standard Raḥel Tiberian Rāḫēl, Rāḥēl‎), meaning "ewe"[1][2] is a feminine given name. It is best known as the name of Biblical Rachel.


The name ranks in the top hundred most popular names for girls in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia as well as in Israel.[citation needed] 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]


People named Rachel[edit]

People named Rachael[edit]

People named Rachelle[edit]

People named Rahel[edit]

People named Rachele[edit]

People named Rakel or Raakel[edit]

People named Raquel[edit]

Fictional characters named Rachel (or variants thereof)[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. ^ "Rachel Urdu Meanings: ریچل – rachel – English to Urdu Dictionary". Hamariweb.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.