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Gender: F Meaning of Rachel: "ewe" Origin of Rachel: Hebrew Rachel's Popularity in 2013: #138

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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.

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Famous People Named Rachel

Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, wife of U.S. President Andrew Jackson
Rachel Sarah Bilson, American actress
Rachel Hannah Weisz, English actress
Rachel Susan Dratch, American comedian and actress
Rachel Held Evans, American author, blogger, and columnist
Rachel Louise Carson, American environmentalist and scientist
Rachel Lauren Stevens, English pop singer of group S Club
Rachel Kelly Crow, American pop singer
Rachel Anne McAdams, Canadian actress
Rachel Anne Griffiths, Australian actress
Rachel Anne Maddow, American TV journalist
Rachel Emily Nichols, American actress
Rachel Michele Nichols, American TV journalist
Rachel Ticotin, American actress
Rachel Korine, American actress
Rachel Khoo, English celebrity chef
Rachel McQuillan, Australian tennis player
Rachel Vincent, American novelist
Rachel India True, American actress
Rachel York, American actress and singer
Rachel Amanda Harris, Australian Olympic swimmer
Rachel Kushner, American novelist
Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model
Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood, English actress
Rachel Renee Smith, Miss USA 2007
Rachel Williams, American model
Rachel Claire Ward, English actress
Rachel Lindsey Potter, American actress/singer
Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter
Rachel Isadora, American children's author
Rachel Roy, American fashion designer
Rachel Uchitel, mistress of golfer Tiger Woods
Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman, English composer
Rachel Gibson, American novelist
Rachel Feinstein, American actress/comedian
Rachel Reynolds, American TV model
Rachel Elizabeth Boston, American actress
Rachel Zoe (Rosenzweig), American fashion stylist and designer
Rachel Ashwell, English author
Rachel Skarsten, Canadian actress
Rachel Shelley, English actress
Rachel Riley, English television presenter
Rachel Sutherland, sister of Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland
Evan Rachel Wood, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Rachel

Rachel Karen Green, character on TV's "Friends"
Rachel Zane, character on TV's "Suits"
Rachel Berry, main character TV's "Glee"
Rachel Dawes, character in the Batman series
Rachel Phantomhive, character in anime/manga "Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler"
Rachel Kinski, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Rachel Gatina, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Rachel Lynde, character in the Anne of Green Gables series
Rachel Elizabeth Dare, character in the Heroes of Olympus series
Rachel Witchburn, character in "Sydney White"
Rachel Anne Summers aka Marvel Girl, Marvel Comics character
Rachel, character in "Rainbow Magic" children's book series
Lady Rachel Rougedragon, "a meagre old Scotch lady" in Sir Walter Scott's 1824 novel "Redgauntlet"
Rachel Tice, character on the YouTube show, The Most Popular Girls in School
Rachel Pirzad, character on TV's "Alphas"
Rachel Sangalletti Ashley, main character in "My Cousin Rachel" by Daphne du Maurier and 1952 movie
Rachel Noyes, main character "The Rachel Papers" by Martin Amis and 1989 movie
Rachel Cameron, main character in 1968 movie "Rachel, Rachel"
"Rachel Getting Married," 2008 movie
Rachel, a sandwich

Rachael, Racheal, Rachelce, Racheli, Rachell, Rachella, Rae, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Raschel, Rashell, Rashelle, Ray, Raychel, Raychelle, Shell, Shelley, Shellie, Shelly

Rachel's International Variations

Rachelle (French) Rahela (Hawaiian) Rahel (Hebrew) Raghnailt, Ráichéal (Irish Gaelic) Rechell, Rashka, Rashke (Israeli) Rachele (Italian) Rachela (Polish) Rakhila, Rahil, Rashel, Rakhil (Russian) Raquel (Spanish) Rakel (Swedish) Ruchel (Yiddish)