Rachel Family History

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Rachel Name Meaning

German (mainly Bavaria): probably a topographic name from Middle High German rach ‘rough’, ‘steep’. German: from a pet form of a Slavic personal name (see Rach). German: habitational name from a place called Rachel in Bohemia. French: metronymic from the female Biblical name Rachel, meaning ‘ewe’ in Hebrew. In the Bible (Genesis 28–35), Rachel is the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kachel, Richel, Rammel, Rather, Roche, Raphael, Wachtel, Rishel

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Rachel Family Origin

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Rachel Family Occupations

What did your Rachel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rachel family was Formerley Laundress. Dressmaker, Bookbinder and Charwoman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rachel. The most common Rachel occupation in the UK was Dressmaker. 15% of Rachel's were Dressmakers.

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  • Dressmaker

  • Bookbinder

  • Charwoman

  • Formerley Laundress


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Rachel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Rachel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rachel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rachel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Rachel. For the veterans among your Rachel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rachel Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rachel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Rachel in 1942 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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