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Rachel (f) Occasionally spelt Rachael. Hebrew, ‘ewe.’
The name was no doubt used originally for its symbolic
meaning of ‘gentleness.’ Like many Old Testament names,
this was most used in Scotland in the nineteenth century
and earlier, often as a substitute for Gaelic Raoghnaild,
itself from Norse Ragnhildr, modern Swedish Ragnhild,
‘battle counsel.’

In England and Wales the name has recently become fashionable. Scott has a character called Rachel Waverley in Waverley (1814) and a Rachael in Peveril of the Peak (1823).

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