Rachel Origin and Meaning

The name Rachel is girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ewe".
Rachel was derived from the Hebrew word rāchēl, meaning "ewe." In the Old Testament, Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob, and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. International variations include the Spanish Raquel and Israeli Rahel.

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 parents of all backgrounds. While off its peak, Rachel is still one of the most popular girls' names starting with R as well as one of the most classic names for girls.

Rachel 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.
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Famous People Named Rachel

  • RachelBiblical second wife of Jacob
  • Rachel Donelson Robards Jacksonwife of U.S. President Andrew Jackson
  • Rachel Leah BloomAmerican actress and comedienne
  • Rachel Sarah BilsonAmerican actress
  • Rachel Hannah WeiszEnglish actress
  • Rachel Susan DratchAmerican comedian and actress
  • Rachel Held EvansAmerican author, blogger, and columnist
  • Rachel Louise CarsonAmerican environmentalist and scientist
  • Rachel Marie ParsonsAmerican ice dancer
  • Rachel Lauren StevensEnglish pop singer of group S Club
  • Rachel Kelly CrowAmerican pop singer
  • Rachel Anne McAdamsCanadian actress
  • Rachel Anne GriffithsAustralian actress
  • Rachel Anne MaddowAmerican TV journalist
  • Rachel Emily NicholsAmerican actress
  • Rachel Michele NicholsAmerican TV journalist
  • (Rachel) Meghan MarkleDuchess of Sussex, former American actress
  • Rachel TicotinAmerican actress
  • Rachel Anna KorineAmerican actress
  • Rachel KhooEnglish celebrity chef
  • Rachel McQuillanAustralian tennis player
  • Rachel VincentAmerican novelist
  • Rachel India TrueAmerican actress
  • Rachel YorkAmerican actress and singer
  • Rachel Amanda HarrisAustralian Olympic swimmer
  • Rachel KushnerAmerican novelist
  • Rachel HunterNew Zealand model
  • Rachel Clare HurdWood, English actress
  • Rachel Renee SmithMiss USA 2007
  • Rachel WilliamsAmerican model
  • Rachel Claire WardEnglish actress
  • Rachel Lindsey PotterAmerican actress/singer
  • Rachel PlattenAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Rachel IsadoraAmerican children's author
  • Rachel Irene RoyAmerican fashion designer
  • Rachel Uchitelmistress of golfer Tiger Woods
  • Rachel Mary Berkeley PortmanEnglish composer
  • Rachel GibsonAmerican novelist
  • Rachel FeinsteinAmerican actress/comedian
  • Rachel ReynoldsAmerican TV model
  • Rachel HuntAustralian author
  • Rachel Elizabeth BostonAmerican actress
  • Rachel Zoe (Rosenzweig)American fashion stylist and designer
  • Rachel AshwellEnglish author
  • Rachel SkarstenCanadian actress
  • Rachel ShelleyEnglish actress
  • Rachel RileyEnglish television presenter
  • Rachel Sutherlandsister of Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland
  • Evan Rachel WoodAmerican actress
  • Rachel Louise CorsieScottish football player
  • Rachel Ann DalyEnglish soccer player
  • Rachel HouseNew Zealand actress and acting coach
  • Rachel "Bunny" MeyerAmerican YouTuber of grav3yardgirl
  • Rachel YoshizukiAmerican YouTuber of "Rachel and Jun"
  • Rachel Marie Mortenson (b. 1984) American model
  • Rachel Roberts (b. 1978) Canadian Model & Actressplayed the part of Simone in the 2002 film "Simone"
  • Rachel Vallori (b. 1991) Cuban Model

Rachel in Pop Culture

  • Rachel Baileya police officer and titular character in the British drama "Scott & Bailey", played by Suranne Jones
  • Rachel Karen Greencharacter on TV's "Friends"
  • Rachel Menkencharacter in "Mad Men" TV series
  • Rachel Watsonmain character in book/film "The Girl on the Train"
  • Rachel Zanecharacter on TV's "Suits"
  • Rachel Berrymain character TV's "Glee"
  • Rachel Dawescharacter in the Batman series
  • Rachel Phantomhivecharacter in anime/manga "Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler"
  • Rachel Kinskicharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Rachel Virginia Gatinacharacter on TV's "One Tree Hill"
  • Rachel Lyndecharacter in the Anne of Green Gables series
  • Rachel Elizabeth Darecharacter in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series
  • Rachel Witchburncharacter in "Sydney White"
  • Rachel Anne Summers aka Marvel GirlMarvel Comics character
  • Rachelcharacter in "Rainbow Magic" children's book series
  • Rachel Adamscharacter in "Defiance", from C. J. Redwine
  • Lady Rachel Rougedragon"a meagre old Scotch lady" in Sir Walter Scott's 1824 novel "Redgauntlet"
  • Rachel Ticecharacter in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
  • Rachel Pirzadcharacter on TV's "Alphas"
  • Rachel Sangalletti Ashleymain character in "My Cousin Rachel" by Daphne du Maurier and 1952 movie
  • Rachel Noyesmain character "The Rachel Papers" by Martin Amis and 1989 movie
  • Rachel Cameronmain character in 1968 movie "Rachel, Rachel"
  • Rachel Joy Cuddya character on "House, M.D."
  • Rachel Rothalias to DC Comic superhero Raven from the "Teen Titans"
  • Rachel Kellercharacter from horror movie "The Ring"
  • Rachel Duncancharacter on TV's "Orphan Black"
  • Rachel Denmancharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Rachel T. McKenzie aka Numbuh 362a character on animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
  • Rachel Diazcharacter on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"
  • Rachel Murraya character on MTV's "Scream"
  • Rachela main character from the film "Imagine Me and You"
  • Rachel Pidgleya character from webcomic "The Glass Scientists"
  • Rachel Davischaracter on TV's "Famous in Love"
  • Rachel Alvicharacter in "Sims" series
  • "Rachel Getting Married" 2008 movie
  • Rachel Goldbergcharacter on TV's UnREAL
  • Rachela Reuben sandwich with turkey
  • Rachel Ferriercharacter in 2005 film "War of the Worlds"
  • Rachel Garrettcharacter in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" Rachel Garrett was the Captain of the Enterprise,C