Quick Facts on Rachael
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Characteristics of Rachael
Etymology & Historical Origin - Rachael
Rachael is another English spelling of the Hebrew Rachel (probably inspired by Michael). The name Rachel is borne from the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament; coming from a Hebrew word meaning “ewe”. We are introduced to Rachel as the strikingly beautiful shepherdess in Genesis 29:1-30. The second Jacob laid eyes on her, it was love at first sight. In order to gain Rachel’s hand in marriage, Jacob was first required to labor seven years for her father, Laban. At the end of seven years, however, Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Rachel’s older sister Leah first. In order to win Rachel’s hand (again) Jacob had to put in another seven years work for Laban. This time, Laban keeps his promise and Rachel becomes Jacob’s second wife (also his favorite). Poor Leah was nowhere near as pretty as her sister Rachel, but she was one fertile lady who bore Jacob several sons (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun). Rachel on the other hand had a terrible time conceiving (which in Biblical times was a great source of shame). The Lord finally takes pity on Rachel and so she finally conceives and bears Jacob two of his twelve sons (i.e., the Twelve Tribes of Israel). Her first son is Joseph who, like his mother, became Jacob’s favorite son and to whom he gave a “coat of many colors”. Sadly, Rachel died in childbirth while delivering her second son (Benjamin) whom she named “Ben-oni” or “son of my sorrow”. Jacob later changed the boy’s name to Benjamin (“son of my old age”), undoing the unfortunate stigma left by his mother. Traditionally, Rachel has always been considered a Jewish name given her status as the favorite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Then the Puritans adopted the name Rachel during the Reformation and it eventually spread among Gentiles, as well. Rachael is the much, much less popular spelling of Rachel but it is in circulation among English-speaking countries.
Popularity of the Name Rachael
Rachael is a spelling of Rachel that’s been around since at least the 19th century. It puts a slight English twist on the old Hebrew Rachel. Rachel, however, has always been the preferred spelling of this name. Rachael with an “ae” reached its peak popularity on the charts in the late 1980s when she even managed to eke out a position on America’s Top 100 list (at the same time, Rachel was on the Top 20). For the most part, either spelling works since the names are pronounced exactly the same way. If you want something more exotic sounding go with the Spanish Raquel. Otherwise Rachael is just a slightly more elaborate spelling of Rachel. It’s also how celebrity everyday chef and TV’s well-liked personality Rachael Ray spells her name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rachael
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rachael
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rachael
Rachael We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Rachael (see Rachel).
Popular Songs on Rachael
Rachael - a song by Buffalo Tom
Rachael - a song by She Wants Revenge
Rachael - a song by Taxiride
Children's Books on the Baby Name Rachael
Rachael - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Rachael (see Rachel).
Famous People Named Rachael
Famous People Named Rachael - Rachael Ray (TV personality/celebrity chef); Rachael Leigh Cook (actress); Rachael Yamagata (singer/songwriter); Rachael Flatt (figure skater); Rachael MacFarlane (voice actress, sister of Seth MacFarlane); Rachael Harris (actress/comedian)
Children of Famous People Named Rachael
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Rachael - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rachael.
Rachael - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Rachael - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rachael.
Personality of the Girl Name Rachael
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Rachael