What does Rafael mean?
Rafael [rafael] as a boys' name is pronounced rah-fah-EL. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rafael is "God has healed". Variant of Raphael. Baseball player Rafael Palmiero; tennis player Rafael Nadal.
(male) Rufael, ..
(female) Rafae, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Rafael?
Rafael is a very popular first name for males (#207 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#11734 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Rafael reached its apex rank of #201 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #294 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Rafe (#1811 last year) and Raphael (#537) are the prominent varying forms of Rafael (#294 last year). These relations of Rafael reached the top of their popularity 9 years ago (median #966) and have remained as common to this day (#880, ▼3%). Rafael and Raphael are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Adael, Cadel, Cadfael, Carel, Dael, Daniel▼, Dannel, Dantel, Darcel, Darel, Daviel, Farrel, Fayvel, Gadiel, Gavrel, Hamel, Haniel, Hansel, Harel, Haskel, Jael, Jamael, Jameel, Jamel, Karmel, Karrel, Manoel, Manuel▼, Manvel, Marcel▲, Mardel, Micael, Nabeel, Pagiel, Parnel, Pawel, Rabee, Radames, Radek, Rae, Rafee, Raffy, Rafi, Rafiq, Raham, Raice, Raiden▲, Rainer, Rajah, Rajan, Rama, Ramsey, Rancel, Randall▼, Randel, Randell▼, Randl (see Randall), Ranell, Rashae, Raul, Rayce, Rayder, Raynell, Rayner, Raynes, Raziel, Rigel, Rodel, Ronal, Ronel, Royal▲, Royall, Ruel, Russel▼ and Samael. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rafael.See names in meaning and etymology.