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What does Rafe mean?

Rafe Pronunciation of 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.

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

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)

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

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

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.

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, 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.

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