The name Rachel is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ewe". Rachel is ranked #195 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Harry Potter House Sorting Name Game".
From the experts:
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.
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, and Zoe. A major influence on the name was Jennifer Aniston's iconic character on Friends; other fictional Rachels were found in the Anne of Green Gables and Percy Jackson series, and on Glee.