Pronunciation:RAY chul

Variations:Rachael, Rachelle

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About Rachel

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Rachel is an extremely popular biblical name that has really stood the test of time. This is a great choice for parents looking for a baby girl’s name that will never go out of style.

Detailed Meaning

This biblical name means ‘ewe’ in Hebrew. Rachel was the wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph.

Famous People With This Name

Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress who is best known for her roles in “Mean Girls,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “True Detective.” Rachel Stevens was a pop singer in the band S club 7. Rachel Portman is a prolific British movie score composer.

Possible Nicknames

Some possible nicknames are Rach, Rae, Rae-Rae, Rachie, and Raych.

Related Names

Alternative spellings include Rachael, Raechel, Raquel and Rachelle.

Stories Featuring This Name

Perhaps the most famous Rachel is Rachel Green from the iconic American sitcom, “FRIENDS,” played by Jennifer Aniston. Rachel Dawes is a district attorney in the “Batman” universe, where she was Bruce Wayne’s childhood sweetheart and love interest. Rachel Mason is the headmistress of Waterloo Road in the BBC drama of the same name.

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