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Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Rachel is of Hebrew origin and means "ewe" or "female sheep". In the Hebrew Bible, Rachel is the beloved wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, who became the heads of two of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name's origin is fitting, as Rachel and Jacob met when she was tending to a flock of sheep. Rachel has been a popular name throughout history, crossing religious and cultural boundaries. It was common among Jews in the Middle Ages but only became widely used as a Christian name in the English-speaking world after the Reformation in the early 16th century. The name gained popularity in the 1960s and reached its peak in the 1980s and 90s. Many notable figures and celebrities share the name Rachel, including Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, and Rachel Maddow, as well as the character Rachel Greene from the TV series Friends.

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