Rachel
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Given Name RACHEL
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: רָחֵל (Hebrew), Ραχηλ (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: RAY-chəl (English), ra-SHEL (French), RAH-khəl (Dutch)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was the younger sister of Jacob's first wife Leah.

The name was common among Jews in the Middle Ages, but it was not generally used as a Christian name in the English-speaking world until after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer was the American conservationist Rachel Carson (1907-1964).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Rachael, Racheal, Rachelle, Rachyl, Raschelle (English), Ruchel (Yiddish), Rahel (Biblical Latin)
DIMINUTIVES: Rae, Raelene, Raelyn (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Rakel (Danish), Raakel (Finnish), Ráhel (Hungarian), Ráichéal (Irish), Rachele (Italian), Rakel (Norwegian), Raquel (Portuguese), Rahela (Romanian), Rahela (Serbian), Raquel (Spanish), Rakel (Swedish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #167 
England and Wales  ranked #272 
Canada (BC)  ranked #75 
Australia (NSW)  - 
France  ranked #158 
Ireland  ranked #43 
Netherlands  - 
New Zealand  - 
Northern Ireland  ranked #77 
Scotland  ranked #80