Rachel

Pronunciation: ra-hkhe-hl
Origin: Israel
gender-female
Author

Emmy Samtani

Emmy Samtani

Emmy is the founder of Kiindred and mother to 3 little ones. Over the last 4 years, she has worked with some of the most credible experts in the parenting space and is a keen contributor on all things parenthood.
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.

Rachel Name Popularity Data

chat-overall Overall: Rachel is currently #323 on Kiindred
gender-female Girl: Rachel is currently #169 on Kiindred Girl Names
gender-male Overall Unique: Rachel is currently #320 on Kiindred Unique Names
gender-female Girl Unique: Rachel is currently #169 on Kiindred Girl Unique Names

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