Rachel Name Meaning & Origin

Rachel

Pronunciation: RAY-chəl (key)

Origin of the name Rachel:

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin and the Ecclesiastic Greek Rhachēl, which is derived from the Hebrew rāchēl (ewe).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Rachael, Rachyl, Raquel, Rochelle

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Meanings and history of the name Rachel

Rachel \r(a)-chel\ as a girl's name is pronounced RAY-chel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rachel is "ewe, female sheep". Biblical: Jacob's wife, described as being "beautiful in form and countenance".

Innocent Lamb
Little Lamb
Shy
Sincere

Origin: Hebrew

Famous real-life people named Rachel

Rachel Taylor- American musician
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson - wife of 7th United States president Andrew Jackson
Rachel Bilson - American actress
Rachel Weisz - English actress
Rachel Dratch - American comedian and actress
Rachel McAdams - Actress
Rachel Ashwell - Interior Designer.
Rachel Reilly - Contestant on Big Brother 12 and winner of Big Brother 13
Rachel Ray- Chef on Food Network
Rachel Ballinger - YouTube vlogger
Rachel Platten Singer/Songwriter
Rachel Hayes - "Table for 12", second born on the Hayes sextuplets
Rachel Bloom - Actor, musician, creater and star of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Rachel Maddow - MSNBC TV journalist

Rachel in song, story & screen

Rachel Zane, character in TV series Suits
Rachel Mariana Morgan - protagonist and narrator of "The Hollows" urban fantasy series by Kim Harrison
Rachel Elizabeth Dare, character in the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" fantasy series by Rick Riordan
Rachel Green from the sitcom Friends, who spawned her own hair-do, The Rachel
Rachel Ferrier, a character played by Dakota Fanning in the movie War of the World
Rachel Berry from the TV series Glee
Rachel Wilcox, Lindsay Lohan's character in the film "Georgia Rule"
Rachel Mason, Headmistress of Waterloo Road in the hit BBC drama of the same name
Naughty Rachel, a character in the British TV Series Green Wing
Rachel, a supporting character (who later becomes playable in the Sigma re-make) in the 2004 Xbox video game Ninja Gaiden
Rachel, one of the six main characters of Animorphs
Rachel Carruthers, a character in the Halloween movie series
Rachel Gibson, a character in Season 5 of Alias
Rachel Greene, a character in the TV series ER
Rachel Kinski, a character in the Australian TV show Neighbours
Rachel Moore of Case Closed (Detective Conan)
Rachel Summers, a character in the Marvel Universe
Rachel Teller, a character in the Need for Speed Underground 2
Rachael, a character in the 1982 movie Blade Runner
Rachel Austen, a character in It Hurt to Be Strong
French card games, the Queen of Diamonds is Rachel
Rachel White, the narrator and protagonist in Emily Griffith's book "Something Borrowed" and the movie of the same name
Rachel, a character in the Cliff McNish books The Doomspell Trilogy
Rachel Lynde, a character in the "Anne of Green Gables" book series
Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne's romantic interest in the Dark Knight trilogy
Rachel Gatina, a character on One Tree Hill
Rachel McGuire, character in later seasons of Boy Meets World
Rachel Brooks, a character on the TV series Justified
Rachel Cameron Morgan, a character in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls book series
Rachel Amber, a minor character in the video game “Life Is Strange” and deuteragonist in its prequel, "Life is Strange: Before the Storm"

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