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What does Rafe mean?

Rafe \r(a)-fe\ 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.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Rafael.

Rafe has 19 more related forms via Ralph, Raphael: Falito, Rafael, Rafaelle, Rafaello, Rafaelo, Rafal, Rafel, Rafello, Raff, Raffael, Raffaello, Ralf, Raoul, Raphaello, Raphello, Raul, Ravel, Rolf and Rolph.


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)

Rafael (#293 last year), Raul (#423), Raphael (#596), Rolf, Raoul and Ralph are the prominent related forms of Rafe (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.4717%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.2813%, down 40.4%), with the version Ralph becoming less fashionable. Raphael (#596), Rafael (#293) and Raul (#423) are three of the more chic names for newborns among these. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Rafe and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rafael, Ralph, Raoul, Raphael, Raul, Rolf in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Rab, Rabee, Rabi, Rae, Rafa, Rafee, Raffi, Raffy, Rafi, Rane, Ravee, Ravi, Raye, Reave, Reve and Rube. Like Rafe, these names are not frequently used.