Meaning and name origin
Rafe \r(a)-fe\ as a boy's name is pronounced rayf. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rafe is "counsel of the wolf". From Raedwulf. The wolf is known for being crafty. Also used as a short form of Ralph or Raphael.
Rafe has 1 variant form: Rafer.
For more information, see also the related boy name Rafael.
Rafe is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Rafe and its variant form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rafael (#293), Raphael (#596) and Ralph. (2014 statistics).
Rafe is also pronounced similarly to Raff. Other suggested similar baby names are Rab, Rabee, Rabi, Rae, Rafa, Rafee, Rafel, Raffi, Raffy, Rafi, Rane, Ravee, Ravi, Raye, Reave, Reve and Rube▼. Like Rafe, these names are not commonly used.