Rachel Family History
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Rachel Name 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.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press