Given Name Rachel
PRONOUNCED: RAY-chəl (English), ra-SHEL (French), RAH-khəl (Dutch)
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning “ewe”. In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The name was common among Jews in the Middle Ages, but it was not generally used as a Christian name in the English-speaking world until after the Protestant Reformation.