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.
Rafe has 1 variant: Rafer.
Related boy name: Rafael.Creative forms:
(male) Rayfe, Refe, ..
(female) Rase, Rava, .. Middle name pairings:
Rafe Sire (R.S.), ..
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)
Rafe reached its highest rank of #1340 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is at #1811 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant form and related boy names. Rafael (#294 last year), Raul (#442), Raphael (#537), Ralph (#1075), Rolf and Raoul are the prominent related forms of Rafe (#1811 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%, ▼82.8%), with the version Ralph falling out of fashion. Raphael and Rafael are two of the more chic names for newborns among these.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Fife, Fyfe, Rab, Rabee, Rabi, Rad, Radd, 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.See names in meaning and etymology.