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561k
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Rachel

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Ewe
  • #104 All Time
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82k Rachael (Hebrew)
48k Raquel (Spanish)
33k Rachelle (French)
3k Rachele (Hebrew)
< 1k Rakel (Hebrew)

How popular is the baby name Rachel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 166 166 0
1881 157 157 0
1882 203 203 0
1883 174 174 0
1884 230 230 0
1885 212 212 0
1886 213 213 0
1887 226 226 0
1888 281 281 0
1889 266 266 0
1890 318 318 0
1891 267 267 0
1892 369 369 0
1893 321 321 0
1894 317 317 0
1895 351 351 0
1896 348 348 0
1897 297 297 0
1898 367 367 0
1899 329 324 5
1900 384 379 5
1901 369 369 0
1902 393 393 0
1903 383 383 0
1904 356 356 0
1905 421 421 0
1906 366 366 0
1907 420 420 0
1908 425 425 0
1909 462 462 0
1910 543 538 5
1911 537 537 0
1912 703 703 0
1913 827 827 0
1914 979 974 5
1915 1,212 1,205 7
1916 1,336 1,328 8
1917 1,344 1,339 5
1918 1,548 1,542 6
1919 1,496 1,488 8
1920 1,492 1,484 8
1921 1,593 1,583 10
1922 1,551 1,541 10
1923 1,489 1,484 5
1924 1,600 1,600 0
1925 1,447 1,439 8
1926 1,398 1,390 8
1927 1,292 1,285 7
1928 1,189 1,181 8
1929 1,225 1,214 11
1930 1,267 1,261 6
1931 1,171 1,171 0
1932 1,266 1,255 11
1933 1,151 1,141 10
1934 1,193 1,180 13
1935 1,211 1,200 11
1936 1,224 1,207 17
1937 1,241 1,229 12
1938 1,288 1,279 9
1939 1,353 1,344 9
1940 1,271 1,264 7
1941 1,402 1,385 17
1942 1,437 1,427 10
1943 1,379 1,371 8
1944 1,249 1,249 0
1945 1,216 1,209 7
1946 1,234 1,234 0
1947 1,448 1,448 0
1948 1,389 1,389 0
1949 1,444 1,438 6
1950 1,455 1,455 0
1951 1,439 1,432 7
1952 1,611 1,600 11
1953 1,787 1,778 9
1954 1,809 1,804 5
1955 1,816 1,803 13
1956 1,678 1,669 9
1957 1,832 1,825 7
1958 1,667 1,661 6
1959 1,754 1,747 7
1960 1,792 1,792 0
1961 2,062 2,055 7
1962 1,948 1,941 7
1963 2,183 2,178 5
1964 2,268 2,262 6
1965 2,025 2,013 12
1966 2,285 2,277 8
1967 3,327 3,315 12
1968 3,737 3,726 11 #92 girl name
1969 5,261 5,243 18 #69 girl name
1970 6,051 6,031 20 #58 girl name
1971 6,156 6,124 32 #54 girl name
1972 6,433 6,418 15 #40 girl name
1973 6,129 6,108 21 #42 girl name
1974 7,432 7,397 35 #36 girl name
1975 8,249 8,226 23 #26 girl name
1976 8,486 8,458 28 #23 girl name
1977 9,015 8,977 38 #26 girl name
1978 9,844 9,805 39 #25 girl name
1979 10,274 10,233 41 #27 girl name
1980 11,680 11,623 57 #23 girl name
1981 12,637 12,587 50 #22 girl name
1982 13,933 13,869 64 #21 girl name
1983 14,631 14,588 43 #20 girl name
1984 15,922 15,839 83 #15 girl name
1985 16,437 16,360 77 #13 girl name
1986 15,507 15,450 57 #15 girl name
1987 15,705 15,642 63 #17 girl name
1988 15,406 15,344 62 #19 girl name
1989 15,461 15,355 106 #18 girl name
1990 15,744 15,704 40 #16 girl name
1991 16,372 16,341 31 #14 girl name
1992 15,859 15,833 26 #16 girl name
1993 15,994 15,968 26 #14 girl name
1994 15,509 15,484 25 #13 girl name
1995 16,070 16,042 28 #12 girl name
1996 16,135 16,110 25 #9 girl name
1997 13,806 13,783 23 #13 girl name
1998 12,212 12,194 18 #15 girl name
1999 11,636 11,619 17 #19 girl name
2000 10,679 10,667 12 #21 girl name
2001 9,539 9,531 8 #24 girl name
2002 8,937 8,922 15 #24 girl name
2003 7,990 7,976 14 #28 girl name
2004 6,944 6,910 34 #34 girl name
2005 6,222 6,209 13 #38 girl name
2006 5,531 5,524 7 #48 girl name
2007 4,828 4,821 7 #59 girl name
2008 4,082 4,077 5 #74 girl name
2009 3,583 3,578 5 #89 girl name
2010 3,012 3,012 0 #99 girl name
2011 2,653 2,653 0
2012 2,416 2,409 7
2013 2,303 2,303 0
2014 2,081 2,076 5
2015 1,911 1,911 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Rachel baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 561,198 babies born with the name Rachel in the United States. That's more than enough Rachels to occupy the territory of Macau (China) with an estimated population of 557,400 (as of December 1, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 166 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Rachel" was in 1985 with a total of 16,360 babies. (That's a lot of baby Rachels)

According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Rachel" ranks #9 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 153 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1993. Across the entire United States a total of 15,994 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Rachel" mean? The list below shows the origins of Rachel as well as things modernly associated with the name Rachel such as celebrities named Rachel.

Origin and Meaning of Rachel

The name "Rachel" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Ewe". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Rachel was born in 1978 as Rachel Anne McAdams in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Rachel was born in 1981 as Rachel Sarah Bilson in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz is an actress and fashion model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1984 to present. Rachel was born in 1971 as Rachel Hannah Weisz in London, England, UK.

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Rachel Hurd-Wood

Rachel Hurd-Wood is an actress and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Rachel was born in 1990 as Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood in Streatham, London, England.

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Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1990 to 2013. Rachel was born in 1980 as Rachel Miner in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens is a singer, actress, television presenter, and model specializing in pop, R&B, synthpop, and eurodance music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1999 to present. Rachel was born in 1978 as Rachel Lauren Stevens in Southgate, London, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Rachel

Rachel Carson
Rachel Nichols
Rachel Roy
Rachel Dolezal
Rachel Maddow
Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten Fight Song

Alternative Meanings

R is for rational, the way you think.

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

C is for change, you are able to adapt.

H is for hand, that you always give.

E is for enchant, for enchant you will.

L is for luster, your shine.

Your name in reverse order is "Lehcar". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ahrcle". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Rachel born Mar 1, 1950

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North of Latin America approximately on 1425. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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