What Does Rachel Mean?

This week, the Inquisitive Iguanas researched the meaning of the name Rachel. Rachel is a Biblical name. In the Old Testament, Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife, the mother of Joseph. Her name means "ewe" in Hebrew, which is a female sheep. Although the name is pronounced RAY-chell in English, in Hebrew it is pronounced rah-KHELL, with a guttural "ch" sound like the one in German "ach."

Here are our Internet sources about the name Rachel and what it means: Behind the Name Rachel and Wikipedia: Rachel

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