Raquel
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I think Raquel is a beautiful, sexy name.
-- Mommy2B  5/5/2005
I love my name! I used to hate it but as I grew up I fell in love with it. It's actually really common in Portugal, normally as a second name (Maria Raquel, Júlia Raquel, Filipa Raquel, and my very own Ana Raquel).
-- Mary-Rach  12/9/2005
Raquel Welsh is a famous actress.
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
Raquel Castro is a young actress, best known from the film Jersey Girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Raquel Ochmonek was the nosy neighbour on the 80's sitcom ALF.
-- Anonymous User  12/24/2005
I love my middle name. It just flows: Katarina Raquel. I actually wish it had been my first name and it will definitely be the name of my daughter.
-- Katarina Raquel  2/13/2006
I think that Raquel is a lovely name. I also think that Raquel is a nice, less common alternative to Rachel.
-- Kelly716  4/8/2006
I love the name Raquel. It's my middle name (Bárbara Raquel), and I think it's wonderful not only as a middle name, but also as a first name. I would name my daughter Raquel.
-- angelsariel  5/2/2006
Raquel is my middle name and I HATE it. It doesn't help that my first name is Gabrielle, either: Gabrielle Raquel. UHG! It rhymes way to much. I wish my name was "Gabrielle Hyacinth". That would be so cool. Also, the name Raquel makes me think of some sleazy lady.
-- Jesus_Freak  5/24/2007
I'm not sure of her last name, but there was a Raquel on Laguna Beach.
-- flipflops5  6/12/2007
A famous bearer of this name is a character in Only Fools and Horses. Her real name is Rachel, but I don't know why they call her Raquel.
-- Hushpuppy  2/20/2008
I really like my name (Raquel). I used to hate it, but now it's my favorite. My friends even call me Rocky (not rock-y but ro-cky). And I'm thinking about having a nickname like Roy or something.
-- aquarocky  5/31/2008
Raquel Zimmermann is a Brazilian model. She is currently ranked #1 on models.com 'Top 50 Models'.
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2009
I love this name - it's so pretty!
-- rachypiesheepbaa  2/14/2009
Very pretty! I know a girl named this, who goes by Rocky.
-- Chrila96  11/23/2010
The spelling "Rachel" is also used (pronounced "ra-CHEHL).
-- ely_riverbank  4/17/2011
My name is Rachel, but this is my nickname these days. I wouldn't have it as my real name, but it's really nice.
-- rachypiesheepbaa  7/14/2011
I love the name Raquel and greatly considered it for my daughter but went with another name in the end because so many family members I polled disliked the name; My husband could not stop associating the name with Raquel Welch (bombshell), others thought it wasn't a classy name, others thought inevitable nickname of Rocky to be terrible. I regret not using the name sometimes as I think it is a strong, feminine, and biblical name. The name Raquel is an intimidating name, it has presence, weight, strength and some people will not like it for these reasons. It is a sexy name too, which scares some parents. If you name your daughter Raquel you cannot fear that she will be sexy, assertive, or strong willed. A name does influence perception, and many imagine a girl named Raquel to be a bombshell.
-- wondertwin  3/9/2012
Raquel Welch (born 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is a famous American actress.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2012
Am I really one of the few people to dislike this name? Raquel sounds curdled and rough to me. The spelling is even worse - the sheer appearance is unattractive and looks terribly made up. Just because it is the name of Raquel Welch does not mean that the name itself is seductive or "bombshell"-esque. The only upside I see to it is the nickname Rocky.
-- Francesca  10/7/2013
I like this better than Rachel, it's more complex.
-- SH2237  6/9/2015
Raquel Wel(C)h is the movie star... Raquel Welsh is MY name. I was named after my grandfather which was A Ralph Welsh. I was supposed to be a boy but ended up as a girl. So the Doctor told my Father Raquel, Rachel, and or Rachele. He went with Raquel. I love my name, hated it growing up!
-- Raquel Welsh  1/12/2016
This name is kinda bad-ass, lol.
-- Jessica21  4/11/2016
I don't mind this name, I'm very neutral towards it but the spelling turns me away from it.

Sound of it: I like
Spelling wise: no. Then again, I can't think of a single way to spell this name that would look nice.
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2016
I love my name and always have. I grew up at a time when educational institutions had a habit of Anglo-sizing "foreign" names. My parents instilled in me the idea that my name was mine, it was special, and to never let anyone change it to fit them. I was not Rachel. I was Raquel. I will always be grateful for that. I learned later in life that the pronunciation of "Raquel" is much closer to the Hebrew pronunciation for "Rachel" than the modern pronunciation (ray-chel). That being said, I love all variations of this name. If I meet a Rachel, Rachelle or Rochelle, I feel an immediate bond. I think all variations of this name are very feminine and give an impression of gentle strength and intelligence. I was called "Rocky" in Jr. High. I think it was done ironically because I'm not that prize fighter. Oh, I'm a fighter, but not in that loud, obvious way. Read the Biblical story of Rachel and her sister. It took great strength to love and forgive.
-- Lunabahia  10/23/2016
My name is Raquel and I don't like it too much, but for other people like Rachel Weisz it's perfect.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2016
Raquel del Rosario Macías is a Spanish singer. She is the lead vocalist of the band El Sueño de Morfeo. Raquel is the second of six children. At the age of 14, she started writing the first of many songs. Raquel, a self-taught musician, was 17 when she met David Feito from Asturias, who headed a Celtic-based music group.
-- cutenose  1/15/2017
Raquel Zimmermann is a Brazilian model. Zimmermann was discovered by a scouting agency in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the age of 14 and made her way to Japan and on to Paris. Shortly thereafter, Steven Meisel booked her for the cover of Vogue Italia, September 2000, and her modelling career began in earnest.
-- cutenose  1/20/2017
Raquel Mauri was a hairstylist who met Ivan Rakitic while he was playing in her home town of Sevilla in 2011. They were married in April of 2013 and welcomed a daughter in July of the same year.
-- lilolaf  2/22/2017
The name Raquel was given to 332 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Raquel are female.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2017

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