What does the name Rachel mean?

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Rachel is from the Hebrew word meaning "ewe." It was the name of one of the most important women in the history of Judaism and traveled into English under the influence of Christianity and the Old Testament translations of the ancient Torah.

Rachel's name, "ewe," may have been influenced by her father being a shepherd. Sheep were a symbol of prosperity and security because they provided food, milk and wool to the people who tended them. Rachel was the wife of the patriarch Jacob. She miraculously gave birth to her first child, Joseph, after decades of infertility. Joseph went on to become a prominent political figure in Egypt during years of famine. His influence in Egypt would culminate years later in the liberation of the Hebrews from the same nation by Moses. Rachel died giving birth to her second son, Benjamin. Like Joseph and his brothers from other mothers, Benjamin would found one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

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First Names: Rachel
Variations:
1. Hebrew: Little lamb, ewe; one with purity
Source: baby-names.familyeducation.com
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