Meaning and Origin of: Rachel

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Little lamb, ewe; one with purity

Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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 Benjamin.

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