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What does Rafaela mean?

Rafaela /ra-fae-la/ as a girls' name is pronounced rah-fah-AY-lah. It is of Spanish origin. Feminine of Raphael. See Raphaela.


Rafaela has 12 relations via Raphaela: Rafa, Rafaelia, Rafella, Rafelle, Raffaela, Raffaele, Raffaella, Raphaella, Raphella, Refaella, Refella and Rephaela.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Rafaeca, Refaela, ..

(male) Rafaeley, Rafaelus, ..

How popular is Rafaela?

Rafaela is a very prominent first name for women (#1163 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Rafaela for girls. Rafaela reached its apex position of #1159 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rafaela name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rafaela outside U.S.

Raffaela is the only other popular alternative form of Rafaela rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Rafaela reached its most widespread during the years 1910-1919 (average #1492).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rafaela, Raffaela in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rafaela and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Caela, Camala, Camela, Carmela, Damalla, Dangela, Daniela, Harela, Harrela (see Harela), Jakayla, Jameela, Jamela, Janela, Kaala, Kaela, Karmela, Laela, Macaela, Mahala, Mahalla, Makayla, Manuela, Marcela, Mariela, Marvela, Micaela, Mihaela, Mikaela, Nabeela, Natala, Pamala, Pamalla, Pamela, Pammela, Rachael, Rachel, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Radilla, Radmila, Raeanna, Raedell, Raelena, Raella, Rafah, Rahel, Raizel, Rakel, Ramoena (see Ramona), Raoula, Raquel, Raquela, Raquella, Rasheda, Rashell, Raula, Ravena, Rayana, Rayanna, Rayla, Raynell, Rayzel, Raziela, Raziella, Rexalla, Richela, Romala, Royalla (see Royale), Rufeena, Samala, Samuela, Shaela, Tangela and Tanjela (see Tangela). These names tend to be less frequently used than Rafaela.