Rachel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Rachel

Rachel

Pronunciation: RAY-chəl (key)

Origin of the name Rachel:

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin and the Ecclesiastic Greek Rhachēl, which is derived from the Hebrew rāchēl (ewe).

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Comments and insights on the name Rachel: | Edit

My youngest daughter was named "Rachel" by her dad. He insisted on naming at least one of the kids, and liked the names Barbara and Rachel. I thought both names sounded "old-fashioned", but of the two, Rachel was the better choice, even if he did like the name because of the character in "Blade Runner". Despite sounding like an old-lady name, I allowed her to be named Rachel. There were some benefits to the name at the time - old-fashioned names were coming into vogue (Emma, Emily, Abigail, etc), I'm from a Catholic family so everyone was happy that we chose a Biblical name (I didn't have the heart to tell them the inspiration for the name was a dark, Sci-Fi movie), and there are many nick-names a Rachel can go by that I love, like Rae and Shellie. I figured my daughter would appreciate the choice of nick-names. The name also went well with her last name. In the end she prefers to go by "Rachel" & she seems to like her name. We also call her Rach & Rachie often. My Rachel is beautiful and artistic, with a keen sense of fashion and a very good heart. So now when I think of the name Rachel, feelings of beauty, sophistication, creativity, intelligence, and a caring, loving soul comes to mind.

Rachel an OLD LADY'S NAME? No, no, no! Rachel is a very popular name for young girls.

Personal experiences with the name Rachel: | Edit

I love my name but it's often confused with April. My mom even called me April once. I have had it pronounced Ra-shel several times, but mostly it's misspelled as Rachael. My friends thinks it's funny and nicknamed me roach. Some people can't even pronounce my name correctly they say (rah - kel)

My big sisters name is Rachel. Because we're English we can be lazy with our pronunciation and drop the 'L' sound. It kind of (Ray-cheow) haha, she gets really annoyed! We call her Raquel or Rach (Raych) most of the time.

Nicknames for Rachel: | Edit

Rach
Rachie
Ray
Ray Ray
Shell
Chel
Chelly
Rachey & Ricky
Rachellie

Meanings and history of the name Rachel: | Edit

Rachel \r(a)-chel\ as a girl's name is pronounced RAY-chel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rachel is "ewe, female sheep". Biblical: Jacob's wife, described as being "beautiful in form and countenance".

Innocent Lamb
Little Lamb
Shy
Sincere

Origin: Hebrew

Famous real-life people named Rachel: | Edit

Rachel Taylor- American musician
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson - wife of 7th United States president Andrew Jackson
Rachel Bilson - American actress
Rachel Weisz - English actress
Rachel Dratch - American comedian and actress
Rachel McAdams - Actress
Rachel Ashwell - Interior Designer.
Rachel Reilly - Contestant on Big Brother 12 and winner of Big Brother 13
Rachel Ray- Chef on Food Network

Rachel in song, story & screen: | Edit

Rachel Zane, character in TV series Suits
Rachel Mariana Morgan - protagonist and narrator of "The Hollows" urban fantasy series by Kim Harrison
Rachel Elizabeth Dare, character in the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" fantasy series by Rick Riordan
Rachel Green from the sitcom Friends, who spawned her own hair-do, The Rachel
Rachel Ferrier, a character played by Dakota Fanning in the movie War of the World
Rachel Berry from the TV series Glee
Rachel Wilcox, Lindsay Lohan's character in the film "Georgia Rule"
Rachel Mason, Headmistress of Waterloo Road in the hit BBC drama of the same name
Naughty Rachel, a character in the British TV Series Green Wing
Rachel, a supporting character (who later becomes playable in the Sigma re-make) in the 2004 Xbox video game Ninja Gaiden
Rachel, one of the six main characters of Animorphs
Rachel Carruthers, a character in the Halloween movie series
Rachel Gibson, a character in Season 5 of Alias
Rachel Greene, a character in the TV series ER
Rachel Kinski, a character in the Australian TV show Neighbours
Rachel Moore of Case Closed (Detective Conan)
Rachel Summers, a character in the Marvel Universe
Rachel Teller, a character in the Need for Speed Underground 2
Rachael, a character in the 1982 movie Blade Runner
Rachel Austen, a character in It Hurt to Be Strong
Rachel, Bible
French card games, the Queen of Diamonds is Rachel
Rachel White, the narrator and protagonist in Emily Griffith's book "Something Borrowed" and the movie of the same name
Rachel, a character in the Cliff McNish books The Doomspell Trilogy
Rachel Lynde, a character in the "Anne of Green Gables" book series
Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne's romantic interest in the Dark Knight trilogy
Rachel Gatina, a character on One Tree Hill
Rachel McGuire, character in later seasons of Boy Meets World
Rachel Brooks, a character on the TV series Justified

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