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. 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.
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 #138 
England/Wales  ranked #219 
Canada (BC)  ranked #90 
Australia (NSW)  - 
France  ranked #168 
Ireland  ranked #40 
Netherlands  ranked #346 
New Zealand  - 
Northern Ireland  ranked #64 
Scotland  ranked #72