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What does Rafael mean?

Rafael Pronunciation of 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.


Rafael has 8 variants: Rafa, Rafe, Rafel, Rafello, Rafer, Raffaello, Raffaelo and Raphael.

6 more relations via Raphael: Rafaelle, Rafaello, Rafaelo, Rafal, Raffael and Ravel.

Creative forms:
(male) Rufael, ..

(female) Rafae, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rafael Felipe (R.F.), ..

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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rafael, Rafe, Raphael in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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