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What does Rafe mean?

Rafe [rafe] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: counsel, wolf, crafty (intelligent).


Rafe has 1 variant: Rafer.

Related boy name: Rafael.

Rafe has 12 more related forms via Ralph, Raphael: Rafael, Rafaelo, Rafal, Rafel, Rafello, Raff, Raffael, Ralf, Raoul, Raul, Ravel and Rolf.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Refe, Reyfe, ..

(female) Rase, Rava, ..

How popular is Rafe?

Rafe is an uncommonly occurring first name for men. Rafe is an equivalently uncommon surname too 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 baby name history of Rafe for boys. Rafe reached its highest rank of #1340 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is at #1635 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Rafael (#293 last year), Raul (#423), Raphael (#596), Ralph (#1037), Rolf and Raoul are the prominent related forms of Rafe (#1635 last year) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Rafe was common a century ago (adoption of 0.8%) and has become significantly less since (adoption 0.1%, 83%), with the version Ralph falling out of fashion. Raphael and Rafael are two of the more chic names for newborns among these.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raul, Rolf in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Fife, Fyfe, Rab, Rabee, Rabi, Rad, Radek, Rae, Rafa, Rafee, Raffi, Raffy, Rafi, Rafik, Rafiq, Rahm, Rai, Raice, Rain, Raine, Raj, Raja, Ram, Rama, Ramey, Rami, Ramy, Rance, Rand, Rane, Range, Ras, Ravee, Raven, Ravi, Ray, Rayce, Raye, Rayne, Reade, Reave, Rene, Reve, Rice, Rike, Roane, Roe, Rolfe, Rome, Rowe, Rube, Rune, Rye and Ryne. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rafe.