Rachel

First Name
563k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rachel

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

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  1. (Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin
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Via Late Latin, from Ancient Greek Ῥαχήλ (Rhakhḗl), from Hebrew רָחֵל, "ewe"

  1. Younger daughter of Laban, sister to Leah, and second wife of Jacob.
  2. A female given name.

Rachel was also found in the following language(s): French and German

Notable Persons Named Rachel

Meghan Markle is an actress, fashion model, spokesmodel, actor, model (people), and promotional model. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Meghan was given the name Rachel Megan Markle on August 4th, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Rachel McAdams is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Rachel was given the name Rachel Anne McAdams on November 17th, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Rachel Weisz is an actress and fashion model. She has been prominent since 1984. Rachel was given the name Rachel Hannah Weisz on March 7th, 1970 in Westminster, London, England.

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Rachel Platten is a pop music musician. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Rachel was given the name Rachel Ashley Platten on May 20th, 1981 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Rachel Maddow is a television host, news presenter, pundit, news anchor, and political commentator. Rachel was given the name Rachel Anne Maddow on April 1st, 1973 in Castro Valley, California, U.S.

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Rachel Dolezal is an education director, human rights education institute in, until 2010, part-time art instructor, president, chapter of, part-time instructor, coeur d'alene, idaho, north idaho college, national association for the advancement of colored people, spokane, was. Rachel was given the name Rachel Anne Dolezal on November 12th, 1977 in Lincoln County, Montana, U.S. Rachel is also known as Rachel Moore and Rachel Doležal.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rachel

She holds the title Holy Matriarch. Rachel was born in Paddan Aram.

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Sinn was given the name Rachel on October 4th, 1983 in Arcata, California.

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Allyn Rachel is an actress/comedienne/writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Allyn was born in Pikesville, Maryland.

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Lady was born as the child of Thomas Wriothesley and 4th Earl of Southampton in 1636 in Titchfield. Lady is also known as Lady Vaughan. She breathed her last breath on September 29th, 1723.

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Adam Rachel is a soccer player for the Aston Villa F.C., Blackpool F.C., Northwich Victoria F.C., Moor Green F.C., and Solihull Moors F.C. Adam was born on December 10th, 1976 in Birmingham, England.

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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 1,397 1,389 8
1927 1,293 1,286 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 1,194 1,181 13
1935 1,210 1,199 11
1936 1,224 1,207 17
1937 1,241 1,229 12
1938 1,288 1,279 9
1939 1,354 1,345 9
1940 1,271 1,264 7
1941 1,401 1,384 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 1,441 1,434 7
1952 1,611 1,600 11
1953 1,788 1,779 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 2,063 2,056 7
1962 1,948 1,941 7
1963 2,184 2,179 5
1964 2,268 2,262 6
1965 2,026 2,014 12
1966 2,285 2,277 8
1967 3,327 3,315 12
1968 3,738 3,727 11 #92 girl name
1969 5,261 5,243 18 #69 girl name
1970 6,050 6,030 20 #58 girl name
1971 6,155 6,123 32 #54 girl name
1972 6,431 6,416 15 #40 girl name
1973 6,129 6,108 21 #42 girl name
1974 7,431 7,396 35 #36 girl name
1975 8,249 8,226 23 #26 girl name
1976 8,486 8,458 28 #23 girl name
1977 9,014 8,976 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 12,636 12,586 50 #22 girl name
1982 13,934 13,870 64 #21 girl name
1983 14,633 14,590 43 #20 girl name
1984 15,923 15,840 83 #15 girl name
1985 16,434 16,357 77 #13 girl name
1986 15,508 15,452 56 #15 girl name
1987 15,705 15,642 63 #17 girl name
1988 15,405 15,343 62 #19 girl name
1989 15,464 15,358 106 #18 girl name
1990 15,744 15,704 40 #16 girl name
1991 16,373 16,342 31 #14 girl name
1992 15,862 15,836 26 #16 girl name
1993 15,996 15,970 26 #14 girl name
1994 15,511 15,486 25 #13 girl name
1995 16,071 16,043 28 #12 girl name
1996 16,137 16,112 25 #9 girl name
1997 13,810 13,787 23 #13 girl name
1998 12,215 12,197 18 #15 girl name
1999 11,638 11,621 17 #19 girl name
2000 10,682 10,670 12 #21 girl name
2001 9,542 9,534 8 #24 girl name
2002 8,937 8,922 15 #24 girl name
2003 7,992 7,978 14 #28 girl name
2004 6,946 6,912 34 #34 girl name
2005 6,224 6,211 13 #38 girl name
2006 5,533 5,526 7 #48 girl name
2007 4,831 4,824 7 #59 girl name
2008 4,082 4,077 5 #74 girl name
2009 3,583 3,578 5 #89 girl name
2010 3,014 3,014 0 #99 girl name
2011 2,653 2,653 0
2012 2,418 2,411 7
2013 2,311 2,311 0
2014 2,082 2,077 5
2015 1,922 1,922 0
2016 1,854 1,854 0

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Popularity of Rachel as a first name

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Popularity of Rachel as a last name

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Common last names for Rachel

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Green

Common first names for Rachel

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rachel U.S.
  White 69.39% 64.26%
  African American 23.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rachel

People with the last name Rachel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rachel

  • How Popular is the name Rachel? Rachel is the 104th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rachel was the 12,837th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rachel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 563,117 babies born with the first name Rachel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rachel to occupy the territory of Macau (China) with an estimated population of 557,400 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rachel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 166 new born babies.
  • When was Rachel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rachel is Monday, August 27th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Rachel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rachel was in 1985 with a total of 16,357 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rachel!
  • Random Rachel Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rachel ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 74 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1967.
  • Weird things about the name Rachel: Your name in reverse order is Lehcar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Achrle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rachel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,398 people with the last name Rachel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rachel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rachel as their last name since less than 1 person in 123k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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