First name origin & meaning:
Hebrew: Little lamb, ewe; one with purity
First name variations: Rachael, Raychel, Rachele, Rah'zell, Rahel, Raquel, Ray, Shelley, Shelly, Shellie, Chelle, Chellie
Last name origins & meanings:
- German (mainly Bavaria): probably a topographic name from
Middle High German rach ‘rough’, ‘steep’.
- German: from a pet form of a Slavic personal name (see Rach).
- German: habitational name from a place called Rachel in Bohemia.
- French: metronymic from the female Biblical name
Rachel, meaning ‘ewe’ in Hebrew. In the Bible (Genesis
28–35), Rachel is the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and
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