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1
This is my mom's name, I think it is beautiful! I would take this name for myself.
lemoncherry44  12/1/2020
1
My name is Rachel May & I've never not loved it. It’s a beautiful name that's melodic & with innocent connotations.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2020
1
Beautiful, timeless name.
-blue  11/28/2020
1
Born in New York, NY, Rachel Ashley Platten is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is best known for her award-winning hit, “Fight Song”.
Breathe J.  11/23/2020
1
El is one of the names of God. Daniel, Ezekiel are other names that have El in them. Rachel may mean “The Lord leads me, as a lamb or sheep”. Psalm 23.
Lou T  11/21/2020
-1
This name is truly terrible. Yuck!
noisynora  11/18/2020
2
The beautiful Rachel McAdams bears this name!
wh0sbad  11/3/2020
-2
Boring and sooooo overdone as of about 30 years ago.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2020
3
This is my name :) I've never thought of it as harsh, I don't know why people are saying that. I prefer how it's said in Hebrew, though. Still, pretty happy with it!
newdreadful  9/15/2020
2
I LOVE the meaning ewe, so sweet! Aside from that I think it’s a very pretty and timeless name.
SunnyHoneyBee  8/26/2020
1
I like this name, though it’s not my favorite. I don’t think it sounds harsh, I wonder why everyone here has said that.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2020
1
Rachel is such a common and usual name but I like it a whole lot nevertheless. I get why it sounds harsh to many people, but it does not really to me. I like the Biblical connection, I like how feminine it is, how strong, but very homely/homey at the same time, there is something very friendly and warm about it. It makes me think of the main character of Two Feet Apart, and Rachel Lynde from the Anne of Green Gables series, and other such literary heroines. It's a pleasant name, even if not that very unique.
mairinn  8/22/2020
1
Rachel is the name of a British English speech synthesiser produced by Acapela Group.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2020
1
Rachel Ford is a cellist performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2020
1
As an archaic, Biblical Polish name, Rachel is pronounced RAH-hel.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2020
1
The standard Polish form of this name is Rachela, although Rachel has also been in use. It's considered an archaic form of Rachela and you can see it in older Bible translations. Neither Rachela nor Rachel are popular names in Poland and have never been, and as far as I know it's mostly Jews who use them. Last year (2019) two girls were given the name Rachel in Poland as a middle name. Neither Rachela nor Rachel was in the ranking as a first name. In January 2020, there were 283 women in Poland with the first name Rachel, and 178 women had it as a middle name. If a Rachel is using the old Polish pronunciation rather than the English one, the nicknames could be the same as for Rachela.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2020
2
I personally don't love this name. It sounds harsh and middle aged. I know a ton of Rachels who were born in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the popularity of the show Friends. It's not particularly beautiful for a younger girl/woman. However, I do like that it has a long history. Someone who enjoys Bible stories would like this name.
bktacos  8/9/2020
5
Rachel is a smart, bookish girl name!
Aniya  6/27/2020
3
I really love this name, but I have one Rachel, and one Rachael in my family, so it's kind of unusable for me.

Sadness...
SaltyLemon123456  6/5/2020
1
I love this name so much. It’s so simple yet elegant and timeless. However, the Biblical reference and meaning are not ones I’d be proud of.
Azelie  5/14/2020
4
I'm back, and my opinion on this name has changed. I think this name is very pretty and classy!
someone-  4/26/2020
3
Gorgeous name, and the meaning is sweet. It doesn't sound harsh, I don't see why so many commenters have said that.
MSW  3/30/2020
-2
Sounds a bit harsh.
someone-  3/4/2020
8
Simply beautiful, timeless, feminine name. It ages very well. If we have a daughter, her name will be Rachel Katherine.
NewMom2be2020  2/21/2020
6
Harsh? Why is anyone on planet earth calling this name harsh?
This name is like one of the most feminine names I can think of, technically we could all have problems with any name, so everyone saying it's harsh is just mob mentality (look it up).
Rachel is a great and beautiful name, Biblical, and independent. We (my wife and I) already plan to name our baby girl "Rachel Jordan."
So, to sum up a personal impression, I'm saying this name is great and giving a big THUMBS DOWN to everyone who hates on it.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2019
3
One of my best friends is named Rachel, and here are my thoughts:
I think a lot of people dog it and call it harsh because it DOES have a kind of edge in it, and doesn't really roll off the tongue.
But I disagree with those people, because I think it is a strong, independent sounding name. Her name is Rachel (first) Rayne (second), I think it sounds both cool and courageous, and even fits her character perfectly. So if your name is Rachel, you have a very beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2019
1
Close to the surname Herschel, also translated to Raonaid in Scottish, which is a very unusual variant.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2019
-1
Sort of pronounced like Raphael in Dutch.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2019
-2
Cute but sort of annoying.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2019
1
I’ve definitely seen this spelled Raquel

A diminutive of the Hebrew/Yiddish is Rachelli (this is with the Jewish Chet sound (h/ch/kh)
dontcallmeshay  6/2/2019
-5
Hello. My name is Rachel. I believe that one day I will become famous, and I really believe that this name will carry me further than I ever dreamt possible. It has served me well in life so far, and I really think that I am cool. Thank you for your consideration.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2019
-7
A harsh sounding name, especially the ch '='.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2019
1
Even though this name is harsh, as many people have mentioned before, I think it's kind of good that it's so popular, when you think that so many people named their daughters Rachel after the Friends character, as someone previously mentioned below, because most people don't like to be known for sharing their name with just one person, like if your name was Madonna or Shakira, you'd be happy to have such a unique celebrity name, but you'd want a few other people to have it as well, so you wouldn't look too weird or different. People never seem to realize that about all the names that are so popular, but I think it's still a point worth making.
Hushpuppy  3/8/2019
1
If you add an extra h, even though there's no such spelling, it makes an anagram of Harlech, a place in Wales.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2019
-5
In a funny way, something about the look and sound of this name reminds me of meat and dairy products lol, like with roast lamb and ewes milk, hence all the sheep meanings!
― Anonymous User  1/27/2019
-3
Became popular with babies during the height of the Friends sitcom popularity. It's very harsh-sounding.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2018
2
In 2018, 19 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Rachel who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 90th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
2
Kind of sugary when you say it, like crunching into a biscuit or lollipop. Wouldn't call it a sickly name though, still has a sort of natural watery side, like Ellen or Lauren, for instance.
Hushpuppy  10/5/2018
2
Rachel bat Rashi was the youngest daughter of the medieval Jewish scholar Rashi. She and her sisters were among their father's students and later studied the Talmud like him.
Buneary  9/30/2018
1
Rachel Lynde is the annoying town gossip in the book Anne of Green Gables.
kayisforkeen  8/14/2018
-5
It's pretty, but I hate the menaing ewe.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
2
I knew someone with this name. The most beautiful, smart and polite girl I will ever be able to meet. I know this is the reason why I love this name so much, but I think it's a melodic name in English and German. I will always associate her with that name, and my first judgment about everyone with this name will be positive.
Lumi_Smurfette  7/27/2018
3
My name is Rachel and I love my name!
― Anonymous User  7/14/2018
5
As an update to a previously-mentioned famous bearer, the former American actress Rachel Meghan Markle married Prince Harry of Wales (Prince Henry Charles Albert David) on 19 May 2018, becoming a princess of the United Kingdom, with the substantive title of the Duchess of Sussex and subsidiary titles the Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. She is now styled as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. She chooses to go by her middle name, Meghan.
la-petite-rachel  7/4/2018
2
I am neutral on Rachel. It does sound really ugly because of a neighbor named Rachel that I had a few years ago who was a nasty person, and the Biblical Rachel doesn't seem to be the best association either. Rachel Green from friends is also an awful and common association, so that is why I partially hate it. However, I think Rachel sounds kind of beautiful and gentle at the same time as that.
sunflower18  5/14/2018
4
Rachel Alexandra was the horse who won the 2009 Preakness Stakes.
That70sShowGeek  5/10/2018
-7
My name was supposed to be Rachel but my grandmother forbade it because, as she said, all Rachels are fat and ugly.
Prime Meridian  4/19/2018
-3
Could also be the Latin translation for the sky.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2018
7
I really like this name even though it is a rather popular name. There is something special about it.
I really don't care what "meaning" is assigned to it because it is the individual PERSON that makes the name. I think it is a very good name.
Graceful1  2/10/2018
1
Harsh but quite satisfying.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2018
4
Would be funny if the name Rachel was actually given to sheep, and the meaning turned out to be 'person' or 'human being'.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2018
4
Rachel Jackson was the wife of the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. She died shortly before the Jacksons moved to D.C. after the 1828 election after hearing of the cruel things that were said about her by those who supported her husband’s political opponents.
Morgan1599  11/28/2017
3
My name is Rachel. For most of my life, I felt indifferent to it. There were always at least two other Rachels in my class growing up. I was, however, always grateful I was not named Sarah like my unlucky sister. I really like my name and feel no need to assign myself a nickname; they never caught on anyway. Rachel is a confident, friendly and familiar name. I never had to worry about people mispronouncing it or making fun of it. It is also feminine enough that no one would ever mistake my gender when hearing it.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2017
3
Someone mentioned Rachel sounds like "rage hell" which made me bust out laughing and give myself an awesome username. As a Rachel, I have never heard anyone pronounce the "chel" part of my name to rhyme with hell. It is possible that certain accents might pronounce it that way.
RageHell_likeaRachel  11/21/2017
2
Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa" Rachel Félix, better known only as Mademoiselle Rachel, was a French actress. She became a prominent figure in French society, and was the mistress of, among others, Napoleon III and Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte. Efforts by newspapers to publish pictures of her on her deathbed led to the introduction of privacy rights into French law.
lilolaf  7/15/2017
4
Rachel Hannah Weisz is a British-American actress. Weisz began her acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in Inspector Morse, Scarlet and Black and Advocates II. She made her film debut in Death Machine. Her first Hollywood appearance was in Chain Reaction, opposite Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.
cutenose  7/3/2017
2
Rachel Morihiro is known for her work on Kubo and the Two Strings, Evidence and Big Dreams Little Tokyo.
cutenose  6/13/2017
2
Rachel Jade Sarah Bilson is an American actress. Born to a California show business family, Bilson made her television debut in 2003, and then landed the role of Summer Roberts on the prime-time drama series The O.C. Bilson made her movie debut in The Last Kiss and starred in the science-fiction-action film Jumper. From 2011 to 2015, she starred as Dr. Zoe Hart on The CW series Hart of Dixie.
cutenose  5/31/2017
3
Rachel Uchitel is an American nightclub manager, hostess, and TV correspondent. She first encountered publicity when, following the September 11 attacks, a photo of her holding a picture of her fiancé, who worked in the World Trade Center, was published by the New York Post and circulated worldwide. She made headlines again in 2010 as one of golfer Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses as well as for an affair with actor David Boreanaz. In 2010 she appeared in the fourth season of the American reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which depicted her struggle with addiction.
cutenose  5/29/2017
2
My name is Rachel, and growing up I was not particularly fond of it. I thought it was an old-fashioned name that no one else had. I wanted a name like "Bethany" or "Melissa". However, now that I am older I have grown to really love the name. I tend to agree with some that it is a harsh sounding name, but I think it gives the impression of someone who is not a follower, but a leader. I like the flow of my first and middle name when said together... Rachel Grace. It is definitely a name you either love or hate, and I do agree that most people think of a snobby girl when they hear it. It has become a very popular name now though.
Italida73  4/26/2017
2
Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron in "The Bodyguard" (1992).
TarisaKay  4/20/2017
1
Rachel is the name of Katie & Hubbell's daughter in The Way We Were, after her mother.
TarisaKay  4/12/2017
-4
Honestly, when I hear the name Rachel/Rachael I hear "Rage ell". It doesn't sound nice.
Jesscn  4/4/2017
3
Rachel Meghan Markle is an American actress. She is best known for her television roles as Rachel Zane on the legal drama Suits and FBI special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller Fringe. She is also a United Nations Women's advocate for political participation and leadership.
cutenose  3/31/2017
3
Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino, and the comedy series Slings and Arrows. In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams rose to fame in 2004 with her roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family comedy-drama The Family Stone. She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.
cutenose  3/2/2017
1
Rachel Reynolds (born 4 November 1982) is an American model, known for her career on game show The Price Is Right. She has been on the show since 2003.
YITYNR  8/11/2016
2
Rachel Joy Scott (August 5, 1981 - April 20, 1999), who was killed in the Columbine Massacre and has become known for religious legacy. A movie about her, called I Am Not Ashamed, is scheduled to be released in September 2016.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2016
4
I have a few friends named Rachel and really love the name. I especially love it after learning about the legacy of Rachel Joy Scott, who was killed in the Columbine Massacre on April 20, 1999. It's a beautiful name, also Biblical, and is usually accompanied by a beautiful personality. It's classic, timeless, and, although it is common, is not tired or overused.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2016
1
Rachel Ballinger (Born April 5, 1991, in California) is a Youtuber. She is the sister of Colleen Evans.
UoleviH  5/9/2016
1
Rachel Aspe, (Born June 24, 1988 in Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France) vocalist of French metal band Eths. She replaced the former singer Candice Clot in 2013. She is also known for a viral video of her singing a Sybreed song on the French television show La France a un Incroyable Talent.
UoleviH  5/9/2016
1
My name is Rachel Berry, no joke.. I've hated my name for ages now as I get the odd people come up to me and take the mick out if my name, but then again I love my name. I don't know why I do, I just do. My name makes me feel special in a way I can't describe.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2016
1
My name is Rashel, and it is not very common. I so far have never come across a girl with my name and also I love my name, because I find it so rare, but I don't know if there are others out there with this name. I prefer Rashel rather than being called Rachel. It just seems to stand out more, but Rachel is also a beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2015
2
My name is Rachel, and we were supposed to do a presentation on the meaning of our names. But ever since the presentation, everyone calls me Lamby. ^-^ They also sing Mary had a little lamb to me. But it's funny :) (my middle name is Mary).
Rachel7567  10/8/2015
1
I named my daughter Rachel using the Bible spelling. I loved the flow of her name - Rachel Ilyse (with her middle name pronounced like - Elise - old family name but wanted a unique spelling since I went traditional with the first name.) Main thing is that she likes it!
― Anonymous User  8/24/2015
9
Rachel isn't necessarily a bad name but it would never be a name I'd choose for my child and the reason has nothing to do with popularity. Decent name but unfortunately, the people with this name that I've seen or met have all been, well... the exact opposite of decent. One "Rachel" in particular has tarnished the name for me. I never obsessed over the name but she blocked up that opportunity. Rachel is a name that I general like (though that may be slipping) but it's not a name I can forsee myself obsessing over.
I honestly wished the one particular Rachel had been named something else. A name I never cared for.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2015
1
Rachel isn't a bad name, but it's so common, I know about 12 Rachels at my school. Like, give me a break. As people say Amelia is so common, what about Rachel?
― Anonymous User  5/15/2015
-1
It's not bad, but it doesn't really do much for me. Guess I just don't find the sound all that pleasant, pretty, or inspiring. But as with most names, I have a number of associations for it--one of my favorites of which is the main character in The Ring, and how her young son addresses her as "Rachel" instead of "Mom."

I prefer Rochelle.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  5/4/2015
2
Two fictional bearers of this name are Rachel from the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (and the movie adaptation, Blade Runner) and Rachel from the TV show Orphan Black.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2015
1
Rachel Hobbes (also known as Nashimoto Nonomi) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2015
0
It's an ok name, but takes a while to get your head around.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2014
-1
I can't stand this common Rachel Ruth trend, especially when Ruth is much more noble and sophisticated. Never understood why they have to be so alike, just because of the R.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2014
2
My name is Rachel and I like that name. I am very religious so I think that it is a good name for me. I like that it is a biblical name. And it also has a meaning of a female lamb.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2014
1
Rachael ray is on a tv show.
rachelharris0803  11/20/2014
-6
I can easily see why many dislike using biblical names, with a meaning like 'shepherdess'. As important as farming is, it doesn't make the name particularly striking.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2014
-5
Flavorless and painfully common.
Ruta Graveolens  8/16/2014
-12
Most Rachel's are secretly devils in disguise. Who says 'innocent lamb' about the name anyway? That meaning should belong to another!
― Anonymous User  7/16/2014
-6
Reminds me of nasty girls who leave you out, for some reason.
― Anonymous User  6/16/2014
1
Rachel T. McKenzie (a.k.a Numbuh 362) is a character in Codename: Kids Next Door.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
1
According to two websites I've found, they both cite that Rachel means "to journey as a ewe that is a good traveller". Interesting!

Links:
http://www.ccg.org/english/s/p295.html
http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7353.htm.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2014
2
Here's a list of notable people named Rachel:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_(given_name)#People_named_Rachel.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2014
7
I love this name- seems quite pretty. I don't think it's ugly at all. :)
― Anonymous User  4/7/2014
-6
I really don't like this name, it's harsh and I can only picture it on old women.
Lee Augustus  2/15/2014
3
I love my name! I think its cute but intelligent. It suits a child or an adult. The meaning lamb is adorable! And I've been called rach and rachieface, I love them both. Friends usually call me rach but sometimes people I don't know as well will call me rach and I like it, its more of a personal connection. I was named after Rachel greene from friends and I couldn't be more proud! Yes there were 4 other rachels in my graduating class, but we were all very kind and likable people, never mean. And my middle name is Catherine, not Elizabeth. Being born under the Aries sign I really just don't think I could have another name.
rachieface  12/28/2013
3
My name is Rachel and personally, I love my name. I know a lot of people named Rachel hate it but I don't. Rachel can be an anyone name. A loser, a prom queen, that school *female dog*, the nerdy cute girl, or the prepster. I've seen it all. And a lot of people also think "oh. Rachel means 'ewe' that's really weird. I hate my name" but in Hebrew (I'm Jewish so I was named from the TORAH not the bible. C'mon people. There's a difference) ewe means lamb so as a child my mom always called me lamby, even in public too :( But having my name being Rachel and actually knowing the whole story of Rachel and Jacob and Leah, it adds meaning to my name that I really love. Also, my brothers name is Jacob and my cousins name is Leah so Passover and other Jewish holiday conversations got really weird...
Many people spell my name as Rachael and I actually just hate that spelling. I don't know why, I just do. My name from Hebrew transliteration is spelt Rachelle but doesn't sound like "ray-shell" is sounds like " rah-chell" and the "ch" sounds like your clearing your throat. You know what, Hebrew is a difficult language. Don't even bother sounding that out unless you're a Jew.

So whenever I find another Rachel, I ask them their middle name. And it turns out a lot of people have "L"s in their middle name. I'm Rachel Ellen. I know a Rachel Lyn. A Rachel Leigh. A Rachel Elizabeth. Rachel Elise. That's about it. But yeah. Those E s and L a are really common in Rachel's middle names.
Rer1019  8/28/2013
3
I always get this name confused with Rebecca for some reason... I prefer Rachel though ;)
Oohvintage  1/20/2013
1
My name is Rachel. I went through a long love-hate period with my name (not crazy about the meaning, mostly) but now I've mostly come to accept it. I like that it seems solid- not frilly or princessy like some other names nowadays. And I don't really mind the lack of nicknames, this is a name that really kind of stands on its own. Plus it's reasonably popular (I know several Rachels and a few Rachaels) but not so much that it's overwhelming. Overall, I really do like it, both as a name in its own right and as my name.
rjb96  1/11/2013
2
Rachel Lynde is the name of the Avonlea town gossip in Anne of Green Gables.
Whitewolf513  10/2/2012
4
This was my grandmother's name. It's a pretty, simple name, not too elaborate but not too overused that its become dull. I really like it.
sunshinechild67  9/30/2012
0
My name's Rachel, but personally, I don't like it. To me it's overused, cliche, trite, and boring, so yes, I don't like my name. But last year I realized that I could always nickname myself, or what this site calls it-use a diminutive. So my friends, and family (except for my my mom when she's mad) call me Rae. And now looking on the site, Raelene and Raelyn, my favorite being the latter, are also diminutives, so I'm going to end up embracing my name and using Raelyn.

By the way, the whole 'Rae' nickname started when I wrote it on a school paper in 6th grade, and Chris, this kid in my class who the teacher assigned to collect the papers, saw my nickname atop the paper, and said to me "Oh have your paper RAE." So that's how it all started.

SO! I don't think Rachel is the best name out there. It has a strange meaning- "ewe" and barely any namesakes- bibilical, and just strikes me as so... boring and mundane. But if your stuck with it at least it has some cool diminutives, like Rae, Raelyn, and Raelene. So you can make the best of it.

~Rachel aka Rae aka Raelyn~
RaeDeahl  9/24/2012
3
Rachel is a beautiful name. I like it much better than Mary which means bitter. In choosing a name even for one of my characters, the meaning is very important to me. My name book says Rachel can also mean Quiet Innocence. That's a much better thing to live up to than going through life being called bitter all the time. Not that every Mary in the world is a bitter person. My three requirements for choosing a name is: 1)sounds good with last name, 2)means something pleasant or appropriate to the character/story, 3) sounds pretty and is easy to say. Okay, so that's four but you get my drift. Oh, and it's a classic that will never go out of style. Rachel Leigh Cook is a good actress if not yet famous.
Vani Joy  7/27/2012
2
My name's Rachel, and I like my name, people say they don't like it, well that's your opinion, but I don't like the fact that people say they think it's a snobby name or they've never met a nice Rachel because I know I am neither snobby or mean. I am actually a very nice and a bubbly person who is very nice. It's awful that because you have never met a nice Rachel you think all Rachels are nasty well that's not the case. Whoever said they would get a dollar for the amount of people called Rachel Elizabeth, well you will have one less dollar here. Overall I like the name Rachel.
cece  7/21/2012
2
For some reason, this name always makes me think of an enviable girl who is dreamy, ambitious, creative, etc, but in a spoilt and selfish sort of way.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2012
5
Classic girls name. One of my favourites.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
-7
Like the rest of you, I always seem to associate this name with hateful girls (since it almost rhymes with hateful anyway!), but it's strange to think that they didn't actually choose it themselves.
Hushpuppy  1/27/2012
-9
A horrible name to be addressed by, one that is hard to respond to, no matter how sociable you are.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2011
1
Rachel (Elisabeth) Dare is an important character in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" and "The Heroes of Olympus" series. At the end of the first series, she becomes the Oracle. She is hated by great part of the fans because she liked Percy at one point.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2011
2
This is also the Dutch spelling of the name and it is traditionally pronounced RHAW-khəl, though these days people often use the English or French pronunciation because the Dutch one is so awful. [noted -ed]
renee06  9/28/2011
-2
I've never liked this name. It looks kind of pretty on paper but the pronunciation puts me off. The English one is kind of harsh and the Dutch one is simply awful (and it doesn't help that it sounds like the word "rochel", which means "phlegm"). The French one is better but even that one sounds kind of shrill.
renee06  9/28/2011
1
If you take away the l at the end, it rhymes with nature.
Hushpuppy  9/18/2011
-10
The name Rachel sounds too masculine. It reminds me of Richard and Michael.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2011
-4
This name sounds so harsh. Apparently some people jumped off the bridge to name their kids this and now everyone has. No offense to anyone named Rachel, it just sounds harsh. Imagine if Rachel was uncommon and think of meeting one! You'd think it was odd sounding, for its RAY and CHUL sounds.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2011
-4
This is my real name, and I've hated it for as long as I remember. For one, it was (is?) too popular. In elementary school I had to have my surname tacked on because there were always two or three other Rachels.

More importantly, I find the sound of the name unpleasant. The "aych" sound in particular is cacophonic and displeasing to one's ears. (The "ehl" ending isn't much better). It's unattractively harsh.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2011
1
Rachel Echelberger one of my favorite models is German and Portuguese.
abbeynotch  1/30/2011
1
I know someone who spells it Raychel. It's funny because her mom is an English teacher.
Dawson  1/9/2011
-7
I don't like the sound of this name. It reminds me of rashes and itching.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2010
2
My name is Rachel. I like the name Rachel by itself, but being Jewish, it is very common so I like using my middle name with it since it is pretty and not as common. A lot of friends will call me Rach or Rachie which I like as well. In Hebrew my name is pronounced Rochel. I am named after Rochel from the Torah and I admire her very much.
― Anonymous User  11/27/2010
4
Rachel is one of my favorite names ever! It's classic and feminine without being frilly or prissy. It also has a timeless quality about it, and it seems to fit a wide variety of people.
fairy lights  10/25/2010
-2
It's okay, kind of boring.
Chrila96  9/7/2010
4
I like the meaning more than the name itself. It's popular but it's still okay to have, there's still something nice about it, like kind of cheerful, spunky, and edgy.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2010
2
MSNBC political news correspondent Rachel Maddow holds this name.
Treima  6/10/2010
1
Rachel Benning is the name of one of the four main characters in the anime (Japanese animation) Red Garden.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
-2
My name is Rachel, but I don't like it. Every time I say my name I get this feeling of hate for it lol, don't know why. Especially when I say the "ch" part of Rachel. Just my opinion.
Ray-lauren  4/10/2010
1
My name is Rachel, and I was born when it was pretty much at the height of its popularity, and under the zodiac of Aries. My parents named me this because they were reading the biography of Andrew Jackson whose wife's name was named Rachel. I never really liked my name until I read somewhere that as a Rachel my life would be "set to music" and even though Rachel is not a very musical or lyrical name, I found that statement to be very poetic and further endeared me to my name.
Raggle1990  2/4/2010
6
I love this classic name; it has a nice ring to it, feminine but not flowery or flouncy. And sheep don't have any negative connotations for me - rather the opposite. Far from silly or weak, wild sheep are pretty hardy creatures. Symbolically I tend to see them as nurturing, protective - primarily gentle, but there's nothing as fierce as a mother ewe protecting her lamb.

All the same, I'd hesitate to name a daughter of mine after a random animal - I like to choose names that have deeper personal significance. I'd consider it if my daughter were born under the Zodiac sign Aries, or in the Chinese year of the Sheep.
Tytan  1/25/2010
2
Rachel was most popular in '96 at #9.

I know 2 3rd graders named Rachel
I know at least 2 Rachels that are 8th graders
I know a Rachel who's a freshman in highschool
I know 2 Rachels that are seniors in highschool
I know a college kid named Rachel
I know an adult Rachel and an adult Rachael.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2010
4
My name is Rachel, and I happen to like the name quite a bit. I haven't met anyone close to my age with the same name (I'm 14). Usually the Rachels I've met are older than I am. I have a lot of nicknames, Rach, RayRay, Rachey, and occasionally Ray. I like my name a lot and I think it fits me well.
rachel0201  12/21/2009
2
Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele, the talented and high maintenance character from Glee.
margs66  10/26/2009
3
My name is Rachel. I think it's okay, but it's way too overused. I also don't like its English form. I've tried to get people to call me "Rachelle" or "Rae" but it never caught on. In my old school there were 200 kids, and 20 (yes, twenty!) girls and one boy were called Rachel. But for some reason, I've found that the farther west you live there are a lot less "Rachel"s.
saskatoonberry  10/3/2009
-1
No offense to any Rachels, but I think this name has too many harsh sounds in it.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2009
1
This name is also used in the Netherlands, but the pronunciation is hard to explain. I guess it's a bit like "rah-GHEL", but with a very guttural gh sound. Almost like a growl, a sound that is common in the Dutch language but few English-speaking people can properly pronounce.
emmiix3  3/20/2009
4
This is my name, and I never actually saw it as that pretty until my boyfriend kept telling me how beautiful it is. Now I like it. I'm easily swayed, I know. =]
RockzDottir  2/3/2009
2
My name is Rachel and I love it. In primary school, there were only 3 Rachels in two classes of around 28 pupils. Now there's only 3 Rachels in seven classes of around 30 pupils. My full name is Rachel Elizabeth Ann, which is a bit predictable, but very very pretty, and carries on the legacy of my two unfortunately dead grannies. I get VERY annoyed when people say they hate my really beautiful name so beware! :-)
LilSingstarEeyore  1/14/2009
-2
I think it's way overused. It's my name but I don't want my name to mean a "ewe." It seems almost demeaning to me.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2009
6
The name Rachel has style. And I love the way it sounds. A lot of names end with 'ee' or 'uh' but this name doesn't which is a nice difference.
Devilqueen  12/2/2008
1
Rachel Carson, marine biologist and naturalist known for her 1962 book Silent Spring.
Julindsy  9/28/2008
6
Personally, I quite like the name. It just has this nice feel to it; a friendly and gentle one.
BlackMartian923  8/26/2008
-1
I really don't like this name. It sounds harsh and choppy, not pretty at all. And it always reminds me of the mean snotty popular girl.

I do though, think just Ray or Rei would be a cool name for a girl.
Junidoe-Josephine  8/24/2008
-2
I hate the name too. Shameful it's a pretty good name. Too overused.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2008
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Nasty and cold sounding. Unlike other Biblical names such as Mary or Ruth, I don't find it dignified at all. It's cheap and common. If I had a dollar for every Rachel Elizabeth I've met, I'd be rich. *repeated yawns*
― Anonymous User  6/3/2008
-2
This name is nauseatingly common, and I'm not sure why it has been so popular all this time. It's really not that pretty. On the other hand, it doesn't sound too cutesy and infantile, and it certainly doesn't sound tacky and trashy like Makayla, Makenna, Nevaeh, Keisha, and the likes. It's a pretty safe name, and I've noticed that relatively sane and cool women have this name. It makes me think of good-looking and quite intelligent and cool people, but I don't really like the somewhat harsh sound of it.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
2
Rachel Goswell, the singer from Slowdive, the shoegaze and dreampop band from the 90s.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
2
My name's Rachel and I think it's a lovely name! I get called Rachypie, Rachelle, Rachii and Rach. I love the way it means 'lamb', as I was born in Spring - when lambs are leaping about.
rachypiesheepbaa  4/28/2008
1
Also used in Ireland and Scotland.
Dianna475  4/11/2008
2
Czech, German and Slovak pronunciation "rah-chel" with ´ch´ like Bach.
Karcoolka  2/26/2008
1
Rachel Borland is the name of an 1889 girl from the Sisters In Time series.
Patricia Underwood  2/16/2008
3
My name's Rachel. And I really hate being called 'Rach'. It just really bothers me. But, I do very much like being named after a female sheep!
CloudsAreFluffie  2/14/2008
2
I've had this name for 28 years now. I've been teased in my life, but never for my name. As far as I know, there's no songs that feature it (ok, one obscure one by Steven Wright). It's hard to rhyme.

My mother picked it because it was uncommon but not unheard of. It was a nice thought. I guess I'm lucky she didn't have access to a name trend website, or she'd have picked something else.
rachelmary  2/12/2008
-1
In another languages pronounce like "rah-khel".
Maggie_Simpson  1/29/2008
1
My name is Rachel and I used to absolutely hate it, but then I found out what it meant and now I love it (my favorite animal is sheep). My step-dad calls me Rachellie so occasionally I go by Ellie but most people would not think of this as nickname for the name Rachel. But I love both names.

I also love the spelling Rachyl I think that this is a really cool way to play up an already great name. Rachyl is the kind of name that you can absolutely love or really really hate it.
Rae176  12/31/2007
1
My name is Rachel after my grandmother and while I like my name I think my mom chose the wrong sister to name Rachel. There are 10 Rachels in my class of roughly 400 and none in my sister's classes.
Moonlit_Snow  12/31/2007
-2
Pronounced as "Ra-KHEL".
Maggie_Simpson  10/9/2007
3
Er. No it isn't. That's Raquel.
Katheros  11/16/2007
2
My name is actually Rachel and I love it. It gets, mainly, shortened to Rach or Rachie but I have friends who call me Rae, which I think in itself is a beautiful nickname.

I can understand why people may not like the name from popular culture, as generally most Rachels are perceived as the rich kids who are stuck up etc.

But I think it's a lovely name that's rather classic, despite its influence in modern culture a few years ago.
Miss-Rory  10/3/2007
3
I'm a Rachel and I quite like it - it's not my favourite name ever but I think it'd be on the list even if it wasn't my name. I prefer my spelling and pronunciation to the others. It is a little overused, I know a couple of Rachels.

On nicknames I have a friend who delights in calling me "Ray" in "chav-speak" (?!) and in Latin class I'm Rachillius but it's not a name that lends itself to this kind of thing. Since my middle name is Louise the most commonly used nickname is "Sheep Warrior!" from a conversation on name meanings since Louise means warrior. My parents kind of contradicted themselves there, I think it's funny. :)
Spectrum  8/26/2007
2
I don't think this name is ugly at all. It is, in fact, pretty. My aunt's name is Rachel. I know some girls named Rachel. It is much better than Rachael or any other spellings!
CharlieRob  8/19/2007
2
It means "innocent", and I love this name even if it is common! It slowly grew on me after I named a character in my first (silly but sweet attempt at a) story. I don't like Rachelle because of the sound or Rachael because the spelling is too -- something. I love this name. : )
Katheros  8/16/2007
2
I'm Rachel Ann, and I love the name. People say that it is classic and timeless. It's feminine without being too frilly. My nickname is Rach or Rachel Annie. I've never gone by Rae.
Raychulannie  7/17/2007
-1
The name Rachel reminds me of someone who'd be very snobbish. Maybe it's because I had a former supervisor by this name. Even the Rachel in the Bible was very spoiled and manipulative to the point God intervened on her sister Leah's behalf and blessed her with many children.
Honeyrose  7/7/2007
-2
This is the name of a person who almost ruined my life. No offense to people who like this name, but it hurts my ears to hear it. Other than that, I don't really like the name very much. It sounds a bit snooty. Every girl I've known named Rachel has had a very distasteful personality.
Foof  6/8/2007
1
A nice name, though I have a rather unpleasant association with it. I think I prefer the French pronunciation, but I like them both.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
0
Imagining all of the girls with this incredibly popular name, I laughed very hard when finding out its meaning.
writing the world  4/11/2007
1
There's also actress Rachel Hurd-Wood, who played Wendy in the 2003 film adaptation of "Peter Pan."
Martha Gold  4/11/2007
2
I like the name Rachel because it's pretty and common. My best friend is called Rachel and I've always preferred her name to mine.
lisa_7  4/9/2007
1
I think it's an okay name. It's very common and popular as I know a lot of people named Rachel/Rachael.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
2
My name is Rachel. I never really considered it unique because I knew 5 other girls my age with the same name when I was younger. I quite like it now, although most people call me Rae - which is a variant of the name. I think traditional names like this are good as they never really go 'out of fashion' as opposed to some names which can always be related to a specific time-frame/era.
Rae_  3/12/2007
1
Rachel Stansens is a young, Canadian artiste.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2007
1
Some famous bearers of the name are Rachel Bilson, Rachel Nichols, and Rachel McAdams, all actresses. And Rachel Stevens, a singer.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
1
There is a character on the T.V. show One Tree Hill named Rachel.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2007
2
My name is Rachel Arianne. When I was a kid I was bothered by my name because I had the impression that it would only suit young people. I couldn't imagine being old and still being called Rachel Arianne. Heh! But now that I'm older, I think it's a great name to have. It may sound common but I sure like the meaning of it! I love my nickname too which is "Rae". For me it's a unique and cool nickname for girls. Haven't met any girls with this nickname before.
reckless_flight  2/28/2007
1
I think this name is nice however you pronounce it be it Ray-chel Ra-shel or Ra-kel (Raquel) and the different spellings Rachael, Racheal, etc. But it is confusing seeing as we have 8 (yes that is right 8) Rachels in our school.
gulie55  2/17/2007
1
The meaning of "ewe" refers to Rachel being the mother of the Israelites. If you've ever heard the phrase "Rachel weeping for her children" you will understand this. If it hadn't been for Jacob's loving Rachel he wouldn't have ended up tricked into marrying her sister and then worked another seven years to marry Rachel herself. Thus the 12 tribes of Israel all come from her, if indirectly. That makes her the mother of the flock. Sheep are a common biblical referrence.
Annabeau  2/15/2007
1
I have a friend named Rachel. I like this but thinks she would like a different name. At least she likes it a little.
luckygirl353  2/15/2007
1
My name is Rachel and I've always kind of liked it but not a whole lot.
Snuggle318  2/1/2007
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I would've hated the name Rachel if it weren't for the Bible.
7up  1/25/2007
1
I myself was named Rachel, and always hated it as a child. But now I like it a lot better than the middle names they game me, as in Abigail Hansen. I can understand the Abigail part, but Hansen? I happen to like my first name, so bugger to you few people that don't.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2007
1
I love the name Rachel! (Partially because I have it) I know that a ton of people have the name, but who wouldn't want to name their daughter Rachel? It is cute and sophisticated! When I was younger I hated the name from lack of originality but now that I'm older I love it. It reminds of royalty. It is so pretty. And whoever bears this name should be pretty like me. LOL jk!
Rachieox  12/17/2006
1
There is an author named Rachel Butler.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
0
This name always makes me think of "satchel".
― Anonymous User  11/12/2006
1
I have this name and sometimes I wish I didn't have this name but when I put it with my middle name Renee I really love the sound of Rachel Renee.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2006
6
Rachel is a beautiful elegant name for a girl. Definitely a 10 for me.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2006
2
I only like the pronunciation Ray-chel. I think it is beautiful and classy and very historical. It is feminine without being frilly and even though it is rather common it is always going to be charming.
seaweed  10/29/2006
2
Pretty name and very feminine, but my younger sister has six classmates with this name! If you give your daughter this name in the next few years, she will be one of many in her class.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
1
I like the name Rachel. I would use it but unfortunately it's in the Bible, and definitely no Bible names for my children.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
1
Rachel Mariana Morgan is the main character in The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison.
jess6214  10/19/2006
2
Rachel has been on the top 1000 list since the 1880's with its most popular year being the 1990's where it ranked 15.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
2
My name is Rachel and I guess it's fine. I've found the name getting more popular now. When I was a child I never came across someone with the same spelling as mine, it was usually Rachael or Racheal. I got used to everyone spelling my name that way, friends, teachers, relatives, etc. I met a girl with the same name, but spelt Raychel which is unusal. I like the versions of the name with the letter Y in it.
sea_minerals  9/17/2006
2
Well I love my name, but have to admit that when I was younger I didn't really appreciate it. Now I love it and with my middle name it sounds like a queen's name, Rachel Elizabeth. Or should I say Queen Rachel Elizabeth. Everybody should name their daughter this! I also go by Ray Ray, not always but my family and my grandma called me Raquel. I loved that! Sweet name.
ra_of_chel  9/15/2006
1
Is the name of the lead character in Dan Brown's novel: "Deception Point".
LouisLovePower  9/8/2006
1
My name is Rachel and I have always absolutely loved my name. However, I was born in 1976, before the name became overly popular. In fact, when I was a young girl I only knew of two other Rachels. They were both over 50 years of age at the time. Now, there are a lot of young Rachels! Still, I love my name. :) Another thing: my mom always told me that she read that it means "innocent like a lamb."
― Anonymous User  9/3/2006
3
My best friend is named Rachel. She doesn't really like her name but I do! I think it is a beautiful name, and I can't see why she doesn't like it!
warriorsgirl  8/19/2006
3
I love the name Rachel. It is such a beautiful name. There is a girl at school named Rachel and I just love her. She is so beautiful.
coolkid  8/18/2006
0
I don't like the fact that many people tend to just assume it is pronounced ray-chel. My friend's name is Rachel but she pronounces it ra-shell like Rachelle. She used to get very annoyed at people who mispronounced her name.
gooeykid  8/15/2006
1
Rachel Foster is a vocalist from American´s downtempo group Weekend Players.
Maggie_Simpson  8/6/2006
1
My name is Rachel. I think it is fairly common. But I'd rather this spelling than Rachael or Rachelle or some other one. I'm named after Rachel Ward from her performance in Thornbirds. Rachel Marie - I like my name.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2006
1
Rachel Sweet was an incredibly talented punk/rock singer of the late 1970s/early 1980s.
audreyhubley  8/5/2006
2
Rachel Ward is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2006
1
My name is Rachel and I don't really like it, I prefer Rachelle. But if it wasn't my name I probably would like it. My full name is Rachel Louise, I think that is pretty.
babiirach  8/3/2006
5
Nice name. There is something very wholesome and peaceful about it. Very sweet!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
3
My name is Rachel, and someone once told me that when they say it, it sounds like the anme should be a queen, they said it sounds very powerful and royal. I don't really like my own name but I must say that I do like hearing those sorts of things about it. It would fit in if it did mean royal or regal or something though with my family. We have Ryan (little king), Richard (powerful fuler) and Rachel, which means ewe but if you use what that person said about the name then all of our names mean something having to do with power and royalty, it makes me like my name a little more.
sarinvae  6/20/2006
1
In the Divine Comedy, Dante dreams about the Biblical Rachel and Leah. They are interpreted as symbols of the contemplative and active life. Rachel "never deserts her mirror; there she sits all day; she longs to see her fair eyes gazing." A strangely compelling image.
prisca  6/9/2006
3
I think that Rachel is one of the most beautiful names. I love the sound of it. It is perfect.
JesseJames23  6/1/2006
1
Food Network star Rachel Ray is a famous bearer of this name. I like it. ^^
ICEyun  5/3/2006
3
I just love this name. It is elegant and classy.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
2
Rachel is the name of a small town in Nevada, United States. The town is noted as being the closest settlement to Area 51.
garethbutler  4/15/2006
1
Rachel Keller, played by Naomi Watts in The Ring and The Ring 2.
Keira_111  3/31/2006
0
The name Rachel also means "innocence and gentility of a rose" and may mean "lovely", though that is debated.
Christiangirl0909  3/30/2006
1
Racheal Lampa is a Christian artist.
Miamaya  3/2/2006
1
This is a pretty name, but I cannot get past the pop-culture reference (and I have never even *seen* Friends). It's too bad, because an otherwise lovely name has become overly saturated with popular media influence for me.

I have no bad impression of people named Rachel; I just couldn't name my own daughter that (above mentioned reason).

I also like the alternate spelling: Rachael. In fact, I think I may prefer it. Rae is a very pretty nickname, though I don't know if many Rachels refer to themselves by the shortened moniker.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2006
1
A famous bearer of this name is Rachel Hunter, a popular model.
garethbutler  2/8/2006
1
Actress Rachel Luttell is a famous bearer.
Kekepania  1/29/2006
3
A famous bearer of this name is Rachel Weisz, the famous British actress.
garethbutler  1/28/2006
1
I never really liked this name. It looks rather masculine with the el, and sounds like rage hell.
iwant2baurora  1/27/2006
2
My name is a take on Rachel. Its spelled Raechel and pronounced in a French manner. Ray-shell. I used to hate it, but now I love my unique name. I wish I knew another person who spells and pronounces it the same way!
Raerah  1/16/2006
2
I have the name Rachel, so I've been doing a little research, you could say, on the name. In Hawaiian, it is Lahela. It means "like a lamb" or "shepherdess." I just thought that was kind of cool!
Velvet Curtain  12/20/2005
2
My name is Rachel but I believe it's just an average name.
Rachelgirl1989  12/7/2005
-6
Just an ugly name.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2005
2
You think the name Rachel is ugly? It is not ugly. Rachel is a pretty name, so there.
amber monkey  3/18/2006
5
I positively love this name! It's so old, but so modern. If I ever have a girl, her name will be Rachel Anne.
Enelya_Greenleaf  10/26/2005
6
My sister's name is Rachel. I think it is a beautiful name! My mom got the name from the bible.
sweetie45  8/16/2005
2
In Hebrew Rachel means innocent lamb.
XxLeah04xX  8/10/2005
1
Famous bearer of the name: Rachel Bilsson (Summer from The O.C. series).
Mary-Rach  8/8/2005
5
A famous bearer of this name is Rachel Green (Friends).
― Anonymous User  7/29/2005
2
May mean "Lamb of God".
me.liss.a  6/14/2005
1
A famous bearer is the singer, Rachel Stevens.
wiswina  5/29/2005
1
This is the real name of actress Lindsay Greenbush (born Rachel Lindsay Rene).
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
3
In Judaism the ewe is a symbol of innocence and beauty.
Miss Claire  4/10/2005
2
The original Hebrew form of this name is Rahel (rah-khel).
Miss Claire  12/5/2004

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