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jfoyo26 Tue 26-Nov-19 12:47:44

This is the only name my husband and I can totally agree on so is consistently top of our list for DD2.
Would be this spelling.
Just general thoughts please?

TatianaLarina Tue 26-Nov-19 12:53:22

Strong beautiful name. Classic. Not particularly fashionable so it won’t date.

Paperyfish Tue 26-Nov-19 12:54:25

Love it

Leopardprintboots Tue 26-Nov-19 13:02:42

What’s DD1 name out of interest @jfoyo26

TheMonaOgg Tue 26-Nov-19 13:03:45

Love it. It's also the name of one of my lovely SDDs.

BabloHoney Tue 26-Nov-19 13:16:05

Rachel is a lovely name!!

BlueChampagne Tue 26-Nov-19 13:16:47


SayOohLaLa Tue 26-Nov-19 13:29:56

Rachel or Rachael spelling? It's not one you hear so often now but it's a lovely name.

Cookit Tue 26-Nov-19 13:40:18

I really love the name Rachel.

Aderyn19 Tue 26-Nov-19 13:44:57

Beautiful name

Thetimetravelerswife Tue 26-Nov-19 13:48:50

Sorry I’m going to go against the grain here and say I don’t like it.
I find it quite dated to the 90s especially after Rachel Green from friends, there were lots of Rachel’s. I know it’s a “classic” name but classic names do Jane and now sarah is starting to become dated too.

However if you like the name that’s all that matters.
I would spell it Rachel

Bogoffrain Tue 26-Nov-19 13:52:41

Prefer the spelling Rachael

bridgetreilly Tue 26-Nov-19 13:57:55


TatianaLarina Tue 26-Nov-19 13:58:14

Why are people on here so obsessed with popular culture? I don’t see 5e relevance of a sitcom from 30 years ago.

When I hear name Rachel I think of The Moonstone, My Cousin Rachel, and The Rachel Papers, Rachel Weisz.

elderlee Tue 26-Nov-19 13:58:42

Love it smile

BabyMoonPie Tue 26-Nov-19 14:02:37

We have a Rachel, she's nearly 3. We thought we were picking a traditional and classic name but the reaction has been surprising. So many people (from hospital staff when she was born to a photographer a couple of weeks ago) have commented along the lines of "we haven't had a Rachel in a long time"! It's good to know she won't be one of several with her name at school

Sugarfreejelly Tue 26-Nov-19 14:09:12

I love the name but prefer Rachael.

BonBon411 Tue 26-Nov-19 14:42:53

Rachel is lovely

Aderyn19 Tue 26-Nov-19 14:54:12

Thetimetravelerswife all names date to a certain degree but that doesn't make them less beautiful.

Lobsterquadrille2 Tue 26-Nov-19 15:32:13

Love it and definitely that spelling. I know a few, much older - I think it's lovely at any age. Often seems to go with Rebecca - maybe the du Maurier connection.

Confusedrelation Tue 26-Nov-19 15:38:20

There are a lot my age but I’ve not met any amongst my DC’s friends/school. All the ones I know are lovely so to me it’s a good strong name

Tonz Tue 26-Nov-19 15:40:56

Lovely name and not too popular so there won’t be loads of Rachel’s in the same class at school

jfoyo26 Tue 26-Nov-19 15:48:30

Thanks for your thoughts so far!
@Leopardprintboots DD1 is Louise.
@BabyMoonPie I think it is a traditional and classic name but just not fashionable at the minute...That's partly why we like it, think it fits with Louise in that sense - short, classic and well known but significantly underused at present.

1Bobbinwinder Tue 26-Nov-19 15:49:41

I really like it, it was on our list. It's such a lovely name to say.

milliefiori Tue 26-Nov-19 15:49:48

Gorgeous name. Classic. Also Ray is a lovely nickname for a girl.

Thetimetravelerswife Tue 26-Nov-19 15:50:11


Exactly I agree. This is what I was explaining, that even “timeless, classic” names date. All names date. So a lot of other comments were like “it won’t date because it’s classic”.

The OP was asking for opinions, and my opinion is that I don’t like it! Sorry.

However if the OP feels that the name is beautiful and likes it, she should pick it regardless of my own personal taste.

TatianaLarina Tue 26-Nov-19 17:39:30

However if the OP feels that the name is beautiful and likes it, she should pick it regardless of my own personal taste.

😂 As if that needed saying.

holly40 Tue 26-Nov-19 17:43:24


platform9andthreequarters Tue 26-Nov-19 17:53:51

I love it. It is/was our name for DC2 if they were a girl, however we've recently discovered they're a boy.

If you wanted any other suggestions, I also rather liked Phillippa for similar reasons, classic but underused, nice nickname (Pippa/pip) and I've never met one I didn't like.

BelfastNonBlonde Tue 26-Nov-19 17:56:43

Lovely. I’m considering it.
I love Ray/Rae also.

Great with Louise also

QuestionableMushroom Tue 26-Nov-19 18:34:57

I love it. I have a dear friend called Rachel so it only has lovely connotations of a wonderful woman.

Practicalmagico Tue 26-Nov-19 18:40:29

Dated. The youngest I know is 27

daisypond Tue 26-Nov-19 18:43:27

It’s very nice.

haverhill Tue 26-Nov-19 18:48:24

Know two, both fabulous women.

Alsonification Tue 26-Nov-19 18:49:50

My Dd (21) is Rachel. I love the name (and coincidentally her second name is Louise lol). I heard the name when I was a kid & wanted it ever since.
My dd on the other hand wishes she had a more unique name. In school there were so many Rachels plus now in college theres a lot too. We are in ireland so it’s obviously more popular here grin

LennyLady Tue 26-Nov-19 19:43:08

My 17yr DD is also Rachael Louise! She loves her name and always has comments of how there are not many Rachael's out there and how the name suits her

BennyTheBall Tue 26-Nov-19 19:46:09

There were 6 Rachels in my year at school. But that was the 1980s so it has had it's overused phase and is probably due a revival.

Toddlerteaplease Tue 26-Nov-19 19:58:02

Love it.

MrsNoMopp Tue 26-Nov-19 20:01:45

It's a lovely name and due a comeback.

Leopardprintboots Tue 26-Nov-19 20:02:48

@Alsonification you’ll have to tell your daughter she has a super rare name in 2019- it’s outside the top 300 names now!

Spied Tue 26-Nov-19 20:07:43

Lovely. Use it.
I know two. One lovely. One not so muchgrin. Both adults.
Its a beautiful name.

Spied Tue 26-Nov-19 20:08:15

Agree it should be Rachel not Rachael.

JemSynergy Tue 26-Nov-19 20:09:44

I think if it is a name both you and your husband like and both agree on then that is the name to go for. smile

MrsSiriusBlack1 Tue 26-Nov-19 20:11:19

For once a name on these threads that I like! grinits lovely

Alsonification Tue 26-Nov-19 20:13:03


Thanks I will smile

BeanBag7 Tue 26-Nov-19 20:15:05

I think its lovely and would be pleasantly surprised to meet a young Rachel.

LadyRivers1 Tue 26-Nov-19 20:33:22

My DD2 aged 10 is Rachel smile

GoingBackTo505 Tue 26-Nov-19 20:35:53

I'm the odd one out here. I really don't like it. I've never met a nice or kind Rachel.

DariaMorgendorffer Tue 26-Nov-19 20:40:04

Love it.

PlasticPatty Tue 26-Nov-19 20:41:13

Please spell it 'Rachael'.
I know one beautiful, charming, intelligent and delightful Rachael.

PlasticPatty Tue 26-Nov-19 20:41:48

She was Baby Rae for a while.

17caterpillars1mouse Tue 26-Nov-19 21:38:40

Lovely classical name, has a similar feel to Susannah, Ruth, Sarah and Naomi to me, all of which I like.

I actually know of 2 baby Rachel's

Standinguptononsense Tue 26-Nov-19 22:11:55

I love this.

Bluerussian Tue 26-Nov-19 22:13:27

Lovely, lovely name, timeless.
Your Rachel will never be embarrassed by her name when she goes to school.

shoebedobedobedobedoo Tue 26-Nov-19 22:15:10

It’s quite rare these days. We have a funny, kind, beautiful primary school aged Rachel- I have never met another similar aged Rachel. Last year only 50 babies were named Rachel! I think it’s lovely, but I might be biased. It was the only name DH and I could agree on also.

DramaAlpaca Tue 26-Nov-19 22:15:48

It's gorgeous, as is Louise.

PowerHooper Tue 26-Nov-19 22:23:48

It's a lovely name. I was born mid-70s, so at the height of the last big Rachel wave (also Louise, Claire, Kathryn, Victoria, Helen, Sarah!) but they're all classic evergreens that don't date badly ime.

Pottytoes Tue 26-Nov-19 23:50:50

A nice proper name. The youngest Rachel I know is 19 and she's a lovely intelligent girl.

Funnily enough a good friend of mine in her 30s has a sister called Louise but they are both very 70s/80s names in a good way

ruralcat Wed 27-Nov-19 00:01:44

It's a lovely name and works well with Louise.

123Dancewithme Wed 27-Nov-19 00:26:14

I like it. A friend of my has a 1 year old Rachel.

Sakura7 Wed 27-Nov-19 00:48:43

Definitely go for it, it's a lovely classic name. Suits both a small child and a grown up, and while it's not as popular as it used to be, it's not a name I would consider dated. It will come around again so your daughter will be ahead of the curve!

Rachel is so much nicer than all the cutesy names around at the moment, I bet she'll love her name.

FreshHorizons Thu 28-Nov-19 06:58:57

Lovely, classic name. Keep the spelling as Rachel or the poor child will have a lifetime of spelling it for people.

RoseMartha Thu 28-Nov-19 07:05:40

Lovely go for it 🤗

Astronica Thu 28-Nov-19 07:32:20

Lovely name (though Rachael is my favourite spelling) and lovely with sister Louise.

Whattodoabout Thu 28-Nov-19 16:43:59

Not a fan, very old fashioned but not in a cool way.

Bananablueberry Thu 28-Nov-19 17:17:34

There were five Rachel/Rachaels in my cousins year at primary school so they'll all be 17 now, I've never thought of it was rare at all but maybe I just knew a lot of them!

jfoyo26 Fri 29-Nov-19 15:51:51

@Bananablueberry it's funny I don't think of it as rare either, same with Louise, probably because there are a lot in their 30's and 40's. Rachel is in the 300's now for baby names and Louise is in the 400's!!! I guess I like names that have actually become pretty under used so will sound fresh in their peer group but are still pretty well known and classic - so don't sound like we're trying too hard to be different. Helen (decided too serious sounding) and Claire (know too many) were also up for consideration but they're much further up the chart closer to 800 I thinkshock! I also like Elaine not even in the top 1000. Thoughts for anybody who may be looking for short classic girl names, like Emily, without the popularity factor. Nicholas was the up there if a boy for similar reasons too.

LobsterQuadrille2 Tue 03-Dec-19 11:12:57

@jfoyo26 completely agree with your principle. I met a baby called David last week - haven't heard that for ages (other than men in their forties upwards) so it's unusual yet well known and no spelling issues.

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