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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, a 19th century French actress
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, wife of 7th POTUS Andrew Jackson
Rachel Sarah Bilson, American actress
Rachel Weisz, English actress
Rachel Susan Dratch, American comedian and actress
Rachel Held Evans, American author, blogger, and columnist
Rachel Haot, American businesswoman
Rachel Carson, environmentalist and scientist
Rachel Korine, actress
Rachel Khoo, celebrity chef
Rachel Vincent, author
Rachel Crow, American singer
Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress
Rachel Griffiths, actress
Rachel Griffin, actress
Rachel Maddow, anchorwoman
Rachel Emily Nichols, American actress
Rachel Nichols, journalist
Rachel Ticotin, author
Rachel True, actress
Rachel York, American actress and singer
Rachel Harris, Australian swimmer
Rachel Hawkins - author
Rachel Kushner, writer
Rachel Hunter, model
Rachel Hurd-Wood, English actress
Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007
Rachel Williams, model
Rachel Ward, English actress
Rachel Ward, author
Rachel Potter, musician
Rachel Platten, American singer
Rachel Isadora, author and illustrator
Rachel Roy, American fashion designer
Rachel Uchitel, mistress of Tiger Woods
Rachel Portman, English composer
Rachel Gibson, author
Rachel Feinstein, American actress/comedian
Rachel Reynolds, American model on "The Price is Right"
Rachel Boston, American actress
Rachel Zoe, American fashion stylist and designer
Rachel Ashwell, English author
Rachel Skarsten, Canadian actress
Rachel Shelley, actress
Rachel Riley, English television presenter
Rachel Sutherland, Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland's sister
Evan Rachel Wood, actress
Rachel Leigh Cook, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Rachel

Rachel Zane, character from the show "Suits"
Rachel Berry, main character on the television show "Glee"
Rachel Dawes, character in Nolanverse Batman
Rachel Phantomhive, character from the anime/manga Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler
Rachel Karen Green, Jennifer Aniston's character on Friends
Rachel Kinski, Caitlin Stasey's character on Neighbours
Rachel Gatina, Danneel Harris' character on One Tree Hill
Rachel Lynde, character in the "Anne of Green Gables" book series
Rachel Elizabeth Dare, character in 'Percy Jackson' book series.
Rachel Witchburn, character in "Sydney White"
Rachel Summers, character in the Marvel Universe
"The Rachel", a popular haircut in the 90s inspired by Rachel Green from Friends
The Rachel sandwich
"My Cousin Rachel", book by Daphne du Maurier
"Rachel Getting Married", movie
"The Rachel Papers", movie
Rachel, character in "Rainbow Magic" children's book series
"Rachel, Rachel", movie
Lady Rachel Rougedragon, "a meagre old Scotch lady" in Sir Walter Scott's 1824 novel "Redgauntlet"
Rachel Tice- loser girl obsessed with Gossip Girl from the YouTube show, The Most Popular Girls in School
Rachel Pirzad, character from TV series "Alphas"

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)