(39 Posts)
mammamiaaaaa Sat 08-Mar-14 15:04:53

Thoughts please

LadyAlysVorpatril Sat 08-Mar-14 15:07:17

Do you mean Rachael or is Racheal a separate name?

SleepyPanda Sat 08-Mar-14 15:11:07

Not if you spell it like that! Please don't inflict a child with a misspelling...

Rachael is nice, but I much prefer the Rachel spelling tbh smile

Wurstwitch Sat 08-Mar-14 15:16:34

What they said.

And if the parent can't spell it, you know that the poor child will be correcting everyone for her whole life.

Rachael is fine, but Rachel is simpler. It hasn't been in popular use for a while. It was reasonably familiar when I was a child.

I like it. But I don't like it when folk can't spell stuff... (My middle name is incorrect on my NI card, it makes my teeth itch.)

CPtart Sat 08-Mar-14 15:20:55

You've spelt it wrong.
Nice name though.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 08-Mar-14 15:20:57

Rachel or an even more garbled Racquel?

WowserBowser Sat 08-Mar-14 15:22:17


TheZeeTeam Sat 08-Mar-14 15:25:27

Not spelt like that! It's a nice name though.

lljkk Sat 08-Mar-14 15:28:19

Funny enough, I was just emailing my 3rd cousin (she's about 20yo, Rachael).
Is name I wanted if DS3 had been a girl (Rachel version, probably).
Good name If you can handle some misspelling.

Wurstwitch Sat 08-Mar-14 15:34:38

My cousin is Rachael, too grin. She's about 40....

It's a pretty name, and I prefer the Rachael spelling. I think in the op's case it would be more trouble than it's worth and Rachel would be easier.

Rachel - please don't spell it wrong. Rachael if you must, but why over-complicate?

Littlefish Sat 08-Mar-14 17:53:49

Rachael or Rachel.

Racheal would be pronounced Ray-cheel.

You've spelled it wrong! The Michaels and Rachels (or Rachaels) at school always had people getting the a and the e mixed up and writing Micheal or Racheal by mistake.

Theonlyoneiknow Sat 08-Mar-14 17:55:24

Nice but only spelt Rachel or Rachael (Scottish way)

SadFreak Sat 08-Mar-14 17:57:33

Rachel is my preferred spelling and it is a lovely name imo.

HyvaPaiva Sat 08-Mar-14 18:04:14

That's not how you spell it. It's Rachel or Rachael. Please don't give your child a name even her parent can't spell!

NorbertDentressangle Sat 08-Mar-14 18:05:43

I once had a client who spelt it like the OP did and I had to grit my teeth every time I had to read or write it

Innogen Sat 08-Mar-14 18:05:52


Your spelling.

^ In order of preference.

If you google, there are people who DO spell it like that. Not many, though, I bet. And they are wrong anyway. grin

Blaineisnotanappliance Sat 08-Mar-14 18:07:59

I have a member of my family named this with that spelling. Apparently its the catholic spellinghmm

youbethemummylion Sat 08-Mar-14 18:09:30

Rachel is far easier for everyone to spell. Dont know about the name though seems a bit dated.


goodtimesinbontemps Sat 08-Mar-14 18:12:35

blaine I am Catholic and have never seen that spelling before, its always been Rachel around here. Nice name btw

BOFtastic Sat 08-Mar-14 18:15:14

Rachael is the biblical spelling, rather than specifically Catholic, I think.

I met a Pheobe the other day. She pointed out that I was spelling her name wrongly when I wrote 'Phoebe'. OP, is your spelling deliberate too?

FWIW, I think both Pheobe and Racheal just look like errors, and even if they're deliberate I think most people will assume they're errors.

Thurlow Sat 08-Mar-14 18:24:27

Rachel/Rachael - nice. One of DD's middle names after a family member but I've grown to like it. You don't hear it much nowadays, but everyone knows it.

Racheal - just looks like a misspelling.

(*Antoinette*, I think last year's name data had half a dozen Pheobe's on the list!)

usualsuspect33 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:47:14

Has she spelt it wrong by any chance?

Oblomov Sat 08-Mar-14 18:52:31

Please don't do this.

Wurstwitch Sat 08-Mar-14 18:57:05

Oh dear, Thurlow.

You'd think the registry office would point it out... Those poor kids having to go through life with everyone remarking on it! I wonder if the parents ever realise they got it wrong and try to correct it?!

My dog is called Phoebe. The kennel can't spell it and it comes back written a different way each time. I don't think she minds, but a child would!

Nocomet Sat 08-Mar-14 19:03:57

Rachel from preference as that's the spelling used by the ones I grew up with.

My cousin recently married a lovely Rachael and my dyslexic brain makes the same mistake as the OP every time I write it.

maitaimojito Sat 08-Mar-14 19:16:47

In my experience Rachels have always been lovely and Rachaels less so which would make me favour spelling it without the second 'a'.

I also think it looks much nicer when written down and reduces the issue of the 'Racheal' spelling error.

Blaineisnotanappliance Sat 08-Mar-14 19:21:33

My dd is called Phoebe and yes we have had some choice spellings!

HotPanda Sat 08-Mar-14 20:24:12

It is Rachael. Easy to remember as A before E in the alphabet.
Of course I am biased. Rachel is acceptable if not common

Brabra Sat 08-Mar-14 20:32:26

I was thinking pheobe too! Racheal would be pronounced ray-cheel, just as pheobe would be pronounced fee-obe. Rachael is a pretty spelling though.

rallytog1 Sat 08-Mar-14 22:23:03

Rachel is very is these days. Something like 200 born in the last year of ONS baby name statistics (2012?)

rallytog1 Sat 08-Mar-14 22:23:29

I meant rare, not is. Obviously.

Wurstwitch Sun 09-Mar-14 01:16:35

Blaine, if you have a member of your family called Racheal, they can't spell. Catholic or not. Although I'm sure the Good Lord will forgive them.

Amy106 Sun 09-Mar-14 01:21:20

Lovely name but I like Rachel best. Sorry, OP.

RachaelAgnes Sun 09-Mar-14 01:44:16


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