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MissisBee Sun 20-Nov-16 12:55:51

DH and I have only had one name conversation so far (I'm only 9 weeks).

Rachel was his first suggestion for a girl. It's a name that would never had occurred to me, but the more I think about it, the more I like it.

I currently don't know any Rachels. Any I have known would be about my own age but it doesn't have the feel of an 80s name to me like, say, Joanne or Julie.
I do have a penchant for biblical names generally, although I read today that it means "ewe" in Hebrew!!

So, do you like it?
Is it dated?
Does it make you think of Friends?

NapQueen Sun 20-Nov-16 12:57:23

I like it. It is not really used on kids nowadays but isnt in the same vein as Sheila/Tracey/Linda so totally nice choice.

Other names similar imo are Rebecca, Sarah, Gemma, Jenny, Helen

DramaAlpaca Sun 20-Nov-16 13:02:19

I think it's a lovely name, unusual these days but in a good way.

I'm not too keen on the meaning, though!

I wouldn't associate it with Friends.

Mrsfluff Sun 20-Nov-16 13:03:32

My sister is a Rachael, I always think it is a lovely name.

MissisBee Sun 20-Nov-16 13:05:22

Yes, I thought with it being and old name it would have an interesting meaning - Sarah means princess. Can always get lots of sheep-themed gifts though!

user1470686892 Sun 20-Nov-16 13:08:39

Imo one of the most beautiful names ever.

KlingybunFistelvase Sun 20-Nov-16 15:21:31

I love it! It was on my list for DD. Every Rachel I know has been awesome which is partly why I love it.

MrsSpenserGregson Sun 20-Nov-16 15:23:00

Yes I instantly assicociate it with Friends (I'm in my 40s though, if that makes any difference?!)

It is a lovely name. I've only ever known lovely Rachels and Rachaels smile

BratFarrarsPony Sun 20-Nov-16 15:23:25

I like it.
It is classic and strong name.

TopBitchoftheWitches Sun 20-Nov-16 15:24:20

My dd2 is Rachel, she is 11. I only know of two others called Rachel and they are both the same age as her.

User1987654 Sun 20-Nov-16 16:07:58

It was on my name list as it is lovely. Unfortunately for me, it was ruined by knowing one, who was very fake ( coming across as sweet as pie) two faced, biggest gossip I've met, and flakey. A bit chav as well.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 20-Nov-16 16:10:19

I love it.

Microwaste Sun 20-Nov-16 16:11:17

I know one little Rachel (and a fair few adult ones), nice classic name you can't go wrong with. I prefer Rachael as the spelling but maybe that's because the majority of ones I've known have used that way?

Mol1628 Sun 20-Nov-16 16:12:31

I like it a lot a lot. I did think Ross and Rachel though but there are those associations with most names somewhere!

BurnTheBlackSuit Sun 20-Nov-16 16:14:38

I like Rachel. It would have been DSs name if he was a girl.

Piehunter Sun 20-Nov-16 16:18:38

I'm a Rachel, I'm 25 and there were loads of us (5, more Rachel's than any other name! 3 spelling it my way, 2 ael, most strangers spell it Rachel if you don't spell it for them) in my year at school but I meet hardly any others now. I am regularly called Rebecca by people who've forgotten my name, they seem to think they're interchangeable...

AnotherRubberDuck Sun 20-Nov-16 16:28:57

Another Rachel here. Mid twenties and there were 5 of us in my school year.
Think it's a normal name but not widely used which is lovely. I have always loved my name.

With regards to the meaning, ewe, the emphasis is on the fact that it is a female (ie mother) sheep. Other variations of the meaning include 'motherly' which is the one I would say if people asked my name meaning.

Oblomov16 Sun 20-Nov-16 16:30:43

I find most people spell it 'ael' and seem surprised when it's just 'el'.

trufflepiggy Sun 20-Nov-16 16:59:17

Lovely, classic name

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 20-Nov-16 17:01:01

Rachel is a lovely name.

allegretto Sun 20-Nov-16 17:02:23

Great name.

Racerback Sun 20-Nov-16 17:05:23

I'm a Rachel. And we ROCK.

I'm not so keen on those Rachaels though. <narrows eyes>

Racerback Sun 20-Nov-16 17:06:56

And now I'm convinced that I'm the fake, two-faced, gossipy, flakey and chav Rachel referred to upthread.

That does sound very like me.

Racheyg Sun 20-Nov-16 17:11:34

I'm a Rachel I agree we are awesome grin it's a nice name. Although I don't hear of many now days.

alltouchedout Sun 20-Nov-16 17:15:14

I love the name Rachel. I had a doll named Rachel when I was small smile

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