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Just wanted to add that this spelling of Rachel looks really wrong to me. It looks as if it should be pronounced "Ray-chay-al" or something. Rachel is much better, in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
It does not look like it should be pronounced that way. I think this is a beautiful spelling of Rachael, even though it's not as popular
― Anonymous User  10/23/2005
My name is spelled Rachael and I originally thought that it could be spelled either this way or Rachel. But I am very happy to think my name is quite a weird way of spelling it and I think it is pronounced right as it's spelled the same as Rachel except one extra letter.
Rachael123098  4/17/2005
I think that Rachael is the best name ever! It has 7 letters and is pronounced Rachel. Rachael is by far is the best name ever.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2005
Famous bearer: Rachael Yamagata.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2005
One of my best friend's name is Rachael. I think that it's a very pretty way to spell it. The extra "A" looks good.
giggledust7  9/9/2005
It seems the main problem with this spelling of Rachael is that people think it looks like it should be pronounced in a different way - like RAY-chay-el. To me, this argument just seems like a bias against a spelling that is not the "original" and most familiar. Otherwise, why not argue that Michael is improperly spelled because it looks as though it should be pronounced mih-chay-ul?

The spelling Rachael was used by Charles Dickens for a character in his novel "Hard Times."
Gwenllian  11/12/2005
My 3 year old daughther's name is Rachael Madison and I think it's a very beautiful name. It's a classic non-trendy name that will grow with her.
bedrock  1/6/2006
My name is Rachael and I never really liked it until I was an adult. I'm ok with it now. I never liked how I sounded when I said my name.
RCM1972  1/30/2006
I strongly prefer this spelling over the other. I think the "ael" looks more feminine and delicate. Additionally, I like the nickname Rae; it *looks* more befitting a moniker with this spelling. IMO, it makes less visual sense with the other (more traditional?) form of this name.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2006
The second a in this name is unneccessary and should have never been put there.
I don't like the name at all, because it sounds too masculine and has a hard sound to it.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2006
Famous bearer is Rachael Ray from the Food Network.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2006
I don't like the way "Rachael" is spelled. The extra "A" just makes it look ridiculous compared to the proper way to spell it - "Rachel".
garethbutler  4/15/2006
My name is Rachel. People often misspell my name into Rachael. I honestly think it looks odd with the extra 'A', but I also am used to seeing "Rachel" every day of my life.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2006
Famous bearer: contemporary Christian singer Rachael Lampa.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2006
I like this name very much. The extra "a" at the end makes it very beautiful, and adds a bit more to it than the, in my opinion, plain "Rachel". I would never pronounce it "Ray-CHAY-el". It makes the same sound as "Israel", or "Michael" (as stated in an above comment), and that's what I'd assume. It's not THAT unusual of a spelling. As for it being too "masculine", give me a break! I've never heard a more feminine name than this lovely "Rachael".
Pheadirean  6/27/2006
There is no proper way to spell Rachael, if you are the parents, you can choose. Some people are just to narrow minded. You can spell a name any way you want!
― Anonymous User  9/14/2006
We spelled our daughter R-a-c-h-a-e-l for two reasons. First - we did not want people thinking we named her for the character on Friends "Rachel Greene" (played by Jennifer Aniston) and second - her father's name is Michael. Without the a in her name, it didn't look "right" to us.
Libbysue  9/27/2006
This is my name! ^o^ I have a teacher who pronounces it as "Rochelle" though. But then again, she calls my friend Sage "Sarah", so we think she might be senile.

I think it's a bit plain and I don't like it a lot, but then again, my ideal name would be Noel, Lucia or something along those lines, so you never know.
tokidoki_xx  11/23/2006
My name is Rachael and I love the way it is spelled, with the extra a, it makes it more complicated, one of the characteristics of the name. But it also looks prettier that way. When I was younger, I tried spelling without the a for awhile, but I didn't like it that way, and most of my friends thought it was better with the extra a, becuase it was different and uniquie, which I am.
rache2005  11/29/2006
Rachael is a character in "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens.
Kate  5/3/2007
Rachael Chadband is a character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Kate  5/3/2007
My name is Rachel and people constantly misspell it as Rachael. I've always hated this variant of the name, but I think Racheal is the worst.
laperouse  6/3/2007
This is my name. I like that it is spelled Rachael. I like to be unique. I like the name Rachael. It isn't one of my favorite names but I don't hate it either.
jkrowlingfan21  8/14/2007
My name is Rachael, and I love the spelling. My parents spelled it this way because my father's name is Michael, and they wanted it to look like his name. Sometimes, people mispronounce it, but it doesn't happen that often; most people know it is pronounced "Rachel". Curiously, older people tend to appreciate the spelling more than younger people.
MelvinSpelvin  4/17/2008
Gorgeous, isn't it? The spelling must come from some form of Irish. There are broad vowels (a, o and u) and slender vowels (i and e). If there is a consonant after the vowel, it must be followed by another broad/slender vowel. For example, the spelling of the word 'age' would be unacceptable. It would have to be something like 'aige' or 'agoe'.
GarbageGuy  5/11/2008
The name is detestable enough without the unnecessary 'a'. Every Rachael (and Racheal) I've met have had nothing but bother with their "interesting" spellings.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2008
Singer-songwriter Rachael Sage.
moonbaby9307  6/9/2008
The A makes it prettier, I think. A lot more elegant, even though some people might think it's pronounced differently. Kind of like Nathanael and Nathaniel, but the -ael just sounds more classic instead of like someone learning about phonics.
amishigloo  6/25/2008
The 'a' irritates me and drags the name down.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2008
Israel and Michael are actually pronounced with three syllables in Hebrew. Rachel is not.

Spelling Rachel as Rachael does make it look as if it should be pronounced with three syllables. Maybe not in English, but in Hebrew so it just looks weird to me.

I think Rachael looks just plain ugly and makes no sense at all, sorry.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2008
I've always liked the pronunciation of Rachel, but whenever I looked at the name, it seemed to be missing something. Then I came across this spelling, and was hooked on Rachael.
erb816  11/24/2008
I kind of like the second a being there. I have no idea why.
number1212  1/15/2009
No, no, no, no, no. This isn't the worst spelling of Rachel (which happens to be my name), but it's the most annoying. It's R-A-C-H-E-L, not R-A-C-H-A-E-L. It's murdering Rachel.
rachypiesheepbaa  2/14/2009
I like this spelling much better than Rachel, but someone with this name would probably always have people misspell her name, so I'd use this for a character only. Heck, I am using it for a character!
thecookiemonster  2/21/2009
I would just like to clarify (because of a previous comment) that Israel is not at all pronounced like Michael or Rachael. You pronounce it like Is-rye-ehl. Comparing Michael and Rachael will do just fine.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2009
This spelling looks ugly, and it makes me think of the annoying "cook" Rachael Ray.
bananarama  9/5/2009
The replicant that Rick Deckard falls in love with in Blade Runner, played by Sean Young.
dramaelf  11/5/2009
Rachael Flatt is an American figure skater. She is the 2010 US National Champion, the 2008/2009 US National Silver Medalist, and the 2008 World Junior Champion. She will represent the US at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
popular1  2/13/2010
Personally, I am extremely fond of my name. When I was younger it bothered me that people always spelt it the more common way, but now looking back on it I laugh. This way of spelling my name is original.
SweetieRae16  2/17/2010
Personally I love the name, either way. It's not too long and fits with most middle names.
teenagewriter  10/2/2010
I absolutely ADORE the name Rachael! I have a very close friend named Rachael, and she's really made me love the name. I think it looks so much prettier than Rachel, even if it IS pronounced the same (hers is). I can definitely see myself naming my daughter Rachael.
--allison--  11/10/2010
I don't care how anyone else spells it, I spell it Rachael. If you spell it Raychell or Rachel, I don't really care, it doesn't make me angry at all. But reading you guys fighting over it it pretty funny:)))))
pupcake9798  3/1/2011
Actually, this spelling of Rachael predates the more conventional spelling of Rachel.
Rae_42  4/5/2011
Beautiful name. It's in my top three.
--allison--  5/11/2011
My name is Rachael. And I think the name both sounds and looks pretty. Though, I don't like when people spell my name without the extra "a". Yet after a while, I got used to it.

I'd rather my name be feminine like Layla or Rosalie. But I like my name as is.
TUXthe penguin  8/14/2011
Australian actress Rachael Taylor bears this name. She stared in Transformers and is in the new series Charlie's Angels.
ebenezer_scrouge  9/19/2011
There is no PROPER way to spell a name, as someone has already said. So quit wining about the spelling. Personally I think this name is beautiful either way!
Gio123  8/10/2013
My name is Rachael and I think it is a pretty name. The extra 'A' doesn't bother me a bit, I like it better with the second 'A' because it seems more unique. It does bother me, though, that people constantly spell my name wrong no matter how many times I tell them that it is the wrong spelling.
RachaelB12  3/28/2014
My name is Rachael and I love the spelling of it. I don't like it when people misspell is Racheal though. That to me is not a correct way of spelling Rachael. I've seen it spelt Rachell and Raychel before too. To me Rachael is more common than Rachel as I know a lot more people with the same spelling as mine. I love that I can have some many nicknames, people usually call me "Rachie" or "Rach" but I sometimes get "Rae".
I also love that my Dad is Michael and it looks similar to my name. Also people going on about the extra A, what about the name "Aelrad" the "Ael" is the start of this name.
sprog89  7/5/2014
To spell Rachel as Rachael is like Hansael and Gretael. Fathaer and Mothaer. Utterly pointless.

Rachel is a Hebrew name. It has two syllables, one vowel sound in each syllable.
Michael has 3 syllables: Mi + Cha + El. Raphael as well: Rafa + El
I've read recently that some people believe the misspelling (Rachael) to be somehow Biblical, either Old or New Testament. It is neither. The misspelling is actually quite recent.

My name is Jeff. Maybe I should add some extra letters to it, like "Ojaxefafla", and tell everyone it's the original, correct, Biblical way to spell it. But it's pronounced Jeff. If people believe that about Rachael, maybe it's worth a shot, no?
JayBo  5/8/2015
Maybe jaybo should spell geoff properly.
Rachaelwithanextraa  8/19/2015
I am "Rachel" and I have always been irritated by that extra "a". It looks weird, but I assume a "Rachael" would think her name looked weird without it. Always ask how it is spelled before you assume wrong and write the wrong spelling. Most of the Rachels I have known in the northeast USA are spelled without the additional "a". I wonder if "Rachael" is more common in other parts of the country.
ragopa  5/31/2015
My name is Rachael. I think it's a good name, and I'm used to seeing it spelled with the extra 'a'. I don't find anything wrong with adding the one extra letter. My parents thought it was the 'right' way to spell it. When I write 'Rachel', it looks weird and a little boring, and like it's missing something, but that's probably only because it's not the way I spell it. I think people just don't like it because it's not how they are used to seeing it, and the other way is more common. I would never pronounce it 'Ray-chay- el', though.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2015
The name Rachael was given to 182 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
Rachael is a beautiful name and spelling. It's a shame it gets criticized when there are so many other differently spelled names. Especially when people can't choose how their names get spelled when they are born. Rachael/Rachel is a very unique, old name that is not as common as so many other names. I'm proud to have it, no matter the spelling.
Rachyrae  11/4/2016
Being a Rachael is not an easy life. When people write your name they will put "Rachel" or my personal favorite "Racheal". People don't really ask how to spell it so I always say "Rachael with an ael" and sometimes that works and sometimes they still write "Rachel". Throughout my life I have never been able to find a personalized key chain with my name on it. I personally really like my name. I was given the extra 'a' because my mom liked it. Also my brother is "Aaron" and she thought it would be cute for us to both have 2 a's in our names. How my mom found the name was from a name book from the 70's and it had "Rachel (or Rachael)". So no, I don't think this name is ugly and a stupid mess up. I think that a Rachel with an extra 'a' would still be as sweet.
REYost16  1/18/2017
When I was in 3rd or 4th grade, the teacher conducted a class specifically about the spelling of "proper" names. Since there were 3 students named "Michael" in the class, we spent quite a bit of time making sure everyone knew how to spell, and pronounce, our Mikes' names. Anyway, although I was also a student and another "Rachel" was attending as well, no attention was paid to our names' spelling. Later that month when Valentine's Day rolled 'round, I recall receiving several "RachAEL"-addressed cards. Huh? Since then, I've always (silently, not necessarily publicly) thought that those parents who named their child 'Rachael' must have learned well how to spell Michael, and transposed that knowledge to Rachel. Thus (in my mind) lives Ray-kull - rhymes with Michael - rather than - - "Rachel".  5/25/2017
I find it very irritating and offensive when people misspell my name. When I reply to email on auto text, I take the time to ensure I’ve spelt their name right..
MrsRB  9/30/2017
My little sister's name is Rachael and she loves her name because she happens to be named after my aunt Rachael.
kenzlove  1/23/2018
Looks sort of Latin, like Caesar.
Hushpuppy  4/2/2018

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