Girl Names baby nameRachel

What does the name Rachel mean?

The different meanings of the name Rachel are:
  • American meaning: Innocence of a lamb
  • German meaning: Innocence of a lamb
  • Hebrew meaning: Innocence of a lamb
The meaning of the name “Rachel” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name is taken from the Hebrew name Rachel meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament the name is adorned by the favorite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The name was common among Jews in the middle ages, but it was not popularly used as a Christian name in the English-speaking countries until after the Protestant Reformation.

The most popular people with the name are: film actress Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, children author Rachel Renee Russell, pop singer Rachel Crow, news anchor Rachel Maddow, artist Rachel Whiteread and many more. Rachel Green was a character on the TV sitcom 'Friends'.

The year when the name Rachel was most popular is 2000. For 2014, the number of births with name Rachel represented 0.106 percent of total female births in U.S. The name ranks in the top hundred trending names for girls in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia as well as in Israel.

Rachel appears as a 12 year old girl in the Neighborhood's Urban Legend: ‘The Night Heaven Cried’. She also features as the central character as an investigative reporter in ‘The Ring’.

Unique spellings of the name are Rachell, Rachael, Racheal, Rachaiel. Other variants of the name are Rachelle, Rachyl, Raschelle in English, Ruchel in Yiddish, and Rahel in Biblical Latin.

Popular nicknames are Rae, Raelene, Raelyn for Rachel.

Other counterparts for the name are: Rakel in Danish, Raakel in Finnish, Ráhel in Hungarian, Ráichéal in Irish, Rachele in Italian, Rakel as Norwegian, Raquel in Portuguese, Rahela as Romanian, Rahela as Serbian, Raquel as Spanish, and Rakel in Swedish.