Rachel - girls name

Rachel name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Rachel name meaning:

The name Rachel has Hebrew origins and holds significant meaning. Derived from the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rāḥēl), it translates to "ewe" or "lamb." In biblical context, Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She is highly regarded as a symbol of beauty, grace, and fertility. Rachel's story is filled with emotion, as she struggled with infertility before eventually conceiving her children.

Beyond its biblical roots, the name Rachel has gained popularity worldwide. In modern times, it is associated with qualities such as kindness, intelligence, and a strong sense of individuality. Rachels are often known for their nurturing nature and ability to empathize with others. They possess a natural charm and are admired for their loyalty and devotion in relationships. Overall, the name Rachel carries a sense of feminine strength and resilience, reflecting the character traits of its historical and contemporary bearers.

Origin: Biblical


Related names

Rachel , Lahela, Rachael , Rachelle , Raelene, Rahel , Raquel

Other girls names beginning with R


Overall UK ranking: 367 out of 5581

125 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (177)

Historical popularity of Rachel

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