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Quick Facts on Rachel

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 138
Simple meaning:
Ewe, lamb

Characteristics of Rachel

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rachel

The name Rachel is borne from the Bible and comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘ewe.’ In Genesis 29:1-30, Jacob notices the strikingly beautiful shepherdess named Rachel and it’s love at first sight. She becomes his second and most favorite wife (after first being tricked into marrying her sister Leah). Rachel is the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. It was during childbirth with her second son that Rachel dies, so she calls the baby “Ben-oni” or ‘son of my sorrow.’ Jacob would later change the boy’s name to Benjamin, undoing the unfortunate stigma left by his mother. Traditionally, Rachel has been considered a Jewish name, but it is now widely used among the Gentiles.

Popularity of the Name Rachel

The name Rachel has been a female name in heavy use for over 100 years. The highest point of the name’s success came in the mid-1980’s throughout the 1990’s when it maintained a Top 20 position for 15 years. Since the turn of the 21st century, Rachel has been on a downward trend but still sits on the list of Top 100 most favored girls’ names. Rachel is always a safe choice: It’s got biblical tradition, historic endurance, classical appeal and an unpretentious nature that still invokes the beautiful “little lamb” with whom Jacob fell instantly in love.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rachel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rachel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rachel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rachel

    Rachel (My Cousin Rachel) "My Cousin Rachel" is Daphne du Maurier’s hugely popular 1951 mystery-romance, shortly thereafter made into a successful movie starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton. Rachel is the mysterious protagonist of the novel, set in 19th century Cornwall. As a young widow, she marries the older Ambrose Ashley, who is vacationing in Italy for his health. Back at the mansion, Ambrose’s adopted nephew and heir-apparent, Philip, receives increasingly alarming letters from his uncle, indicating that all may not be well in the new marriage. When Ambrose does in fact die, Philip’s original distaste turns to hatred and suspicion. Enter Rachel in Cornwall, bearing Ambrose’s effects and seeking to commiserate with Philip. Philip, of course, falls in love with the lovely young woman, and seeks to make everything over to her upon his reaching his majority. But – is she who she seems? Has she poisoned his uncle? Is she poisoning him? What is her own fate to be? More than a half century later, she remains a tantalizing enigma, and the subject of a good read.

  • Popular Songs on Rachel

    Popular Songs on Rachel

    Little Rachel - a song by Eric Clapton

    Rachel - a song by Seals & Crofts

    Rachel's Song - a song by Side Walk Slam

    Rachel's Song - a song by Vangelis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rachel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rachel

    BFF: Just As Long As We're Together/Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (Judy Blume) - In this new bind-up, Judy Blume's two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes (Linda Glaser) - Rachel and her family are busy preparing for Hanukkah. They run out of potatoes to make latkes as their guest list grows and grows. Rachel goes next door to the elderly Mrs. Greenberg's to borrow more. Mrs. Greenberg is always invited to join the family but always refuses. She lends them potatoes, eggs, chairs, and more. Rachel asks her to lend them her house as a clever way to get her to join in the holiday celebration. A wonderful holiday story. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Clever Rachel (Debby Waldman) - In this retelling of a Jewish folktale, Jacob tries to stump Rachel with his best riddles but fails repeatedly. When a young woman in need of help presents Rachel and Jacob with the trickiest riddles of all, they discover the only way to solve them is to work together. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dancing Shoes (Noel Streatfield) - Three young girls--orphaned Rachel; her foster sister, Hilary; and Rachel's conceited cousin, Dulcie, struggle with their individual dreams, talents, and mutually competitive spirits at Cora Wintle's London dancing school. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah (Linda Glaser) - When Rachel makes latkes with her friend Mrs. Greenberg, the project turns out to be a very messy one. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Mystery on Skull Island (Elizabeth Jones) - In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be connected to the woman who will soon become Rachel's stepmother. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Rachel Fister's Blister (Amy MacDonald) - With all the vitality of a jump-rope rhyme, the whole community pours in with remedies for Rachel's blister, and all romp across the page in lively illustrations. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Rachel's Gift (Richard Ungar) - Spring has come to the little town of Chelm and everyone is busy making things clean and fresh for Passover. At Rachel’s home, a special gift has arrived: Bubbie from Bialystok has sent along her recipe for Bubbie’s Own Matzo Ball Soup. Rachel’s mother is thrilled. Maybe the fragrance of the soup will lure Elijah the Prophet to their home and he will bestow good fortune on them. The soup is indeed wonderful, and soon it draws the neighbors. But none of these everyday folk could possibly be the great prophet. Or could they? Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl (Marissa Moss) - Rachel's Journal is the story of a spirited 10-year-old pioneer girl who must leave her childhood home in Illinois and travel by covered wagon to the wilds of California. Rachel is entrusted by her grandfather to chronicle the long journey in the form of a handwritten journal. Through her journal entries, we are transported into a world of new adventures and fearsome challenges as Rachel's family and the others in their wagon train make their way along the Oregon Trail in search of a homestead in the Sacramento Valley. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Silver (Gloria Whelan) - Deep in the Alaskan wilds, 9-year-old Rachel dreams of owning and racing a sled dog one day. When her father, who breeds and races huskies, gives her the runt of the litter, Rachel names the puppy Silver and sets out to prove he's a champion. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Summer of Fear (Lois Duncan) - From the moment Rachel's family takes in her orphaned cousin Julia, strange things start to happen. Rachel grows suspicious but soon finds herself alienated from her own life. Julia seems to have enchanted everyone to turn against her, leaving Rachel on her own to try and prove that Julia is a witch. One thing about Julia is certain-she is not who she says she is, and Rachel's family is in grave danger. Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (Garrison Keillor) - In the town of Sandy Bottom, 14-year-old Rachel lives with her shy, successful father and her civic-minded, demanding mother. Best friend Carol lives next door, but as the girls' interests diverge, Rachel worries that Carol isn't the pal she used to be. Carol's softball career leads her in one direction, and Rachel's violin mastery leads her to a summer orchestral opportunity, possibly a new school, and, best of all, a real boyfriend. Her parents, too, take on some new challenges, and everything culminates in a big Fourth of July celebration. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Rachel

    Famous People Named Rachel

    Famous People Named Rachel - Rachel Carson (environmentalist); Rachel Jackson (U.S. First Lady); Rachel (19th century French actress); Rachel Dratch (actress/comic); Rachel Hunter (model); Rachel McAdams (actress); Rachel Weisz (actress); Rachel Bilson (actress); Rachel Blanchard (actress); Rachel Corrie (activist); Rachel Kempson (actress); Rachel Griffiths (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rachel

    Children of Famous People Named Rachel

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Rachel - Cal Ripken Jr. (baseball player); Donald Sutherland (actor); Jane Pauley (journalist); Kathleen Turner (actress); Kim Zimmer (daytime actress); Marie Osmond (entertainer); Natalie Appleton (Canadian singer); Ozzy Osbourne (musician); Sydney Pollack (actor/director)

  • Historic Figures

    Rachel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rachel (From the Bible) - Rachel of the bible is extremely important as the mother of Joseph (of the many-colored coat) and Benjamin, and as the wife of Jacob. When Jacob first comes upon her, he falls in love immediately, as she “…was lovely in form and beautiful”, and so he agrees to work for her father, Laban, for seven years in return for her hand. The wily old Laban, however, has other plans. At the wedding feast he substitutes Rachel’s older sister, Leah, under the veil. Leah, we are delicately told, was not quite the looker her sister was, having “weak eyes” (perhaps this means she wore an ancient version of coke-bottle glasses?). Laban tells Jacob this is only appropriate, as the elder sister should marry first, but not to worry – another seven years of unpaid labor and Rachel will be his. Jacob goes for it. Leah may not be a beauty queen, but a baby-maker she is in spades, especially of sons. Rachel is so jealous that she sends her maidservant to Jacob to produce a couple of sons on her behalf. Finally after many years, Rachel gives birth to Joseph and then to Benjamin, after which she dies. Joseph becomes the favorite child of his father, although one has to wonder if he really could keep all those children straight.

    Rachel Carson (27 May 27 1907 – 14 Apr 1964) - Rachel Carson is the author of “Silent Spring”, her 1962 prizewinning expose of the harm being done to the environment by chemicals. Having worked as a scientist and editor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she had already published numerous pamphlets, scripts and articles on the conservation of natural resources, as well as three books about the sea. It was her anxiety about the increasing use of synthetic pesticides after World War II that caused her to turn her attention in that direction, and Silent Spring was the result. Vilified by corporate chemists, agriculturists and even government agencies, she held firm to her convictions, and the book was a runaway success. Rachel Carson died in 1964, but her legacy is an astounding one – no less than a 180 degree turnaround in how we, the human creatures “in charge” of this great planet, are beginning to think about and act toward the world we live in. She can truly be lauded as “The Mother of Environmentalism”.

Personality of the Girl Name Rachel

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rachel

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