Delicacy, softness, and Old Testament importance made Rachel a top biblical choice from the seventies on. At a much earlier time Rachel was considered characteristically Jewish--it wasn't used as a Christian name until after the Reformation--but the fact that it has reached as high as the Top 10 in this country demonstrates that it has been fully embraced by all ethnic groups. It now ranks at Number 138.
In the Bible, Rachel was the beautiful and cherished wife of Jacob, and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. It was a US First Lady name, via the wife of Andrew Jackson, and current prominent bearers include Rachels Weisz, Dratch, McAdams, Griffiths, Maddow, Roy, Zoe, and Rachel Leigh Cook. A major influence on the name was Jennifer Aniston's iconic character on Friends; other fictional Rachels were found in or on the Anne of Green Gables and Percy Jackson series, and Glee.