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What does Rafer mean?

Rafer Pronunciation of Rafer [rafer] as a name for boys is of Old German derivation, and the name Rafer means "God has healed; counsel of the wolf". Rafer is a version of Rafael (Spanish, Hebrew): form of Raphael. Rafer is also a derivative of Rafe (Old German).

Associated with: counsel, wolf.


3 relations via Rafael, Rafe: Rafa, Rafel and Rafello.

Creative forms:
(male) Radfer, Raer, ..

(female) Radel, Rale, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rafer Thatcher (R.T.), ..

How popular is Rafer?

Rafer is an uncommon given name for men. Rafer is a unique last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Rafer (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000 are Rafael (#294 in recent rankings) and Rafe (#1811). These relations of Rafer were popular with parents a decade ago (average #1108) and are almost as popular today (#1052, 17.6%). Rafael is the most fashionable name for newborns among these. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Baker, Balfer, Faber, Fajer, Gaer, Jader, Lazer, Maier, Majer, Mayer, Nader, Naser, Rabee, Radek, Radferd, Rae, Rafal, Rafee, Raferty, Raff, Raffi, Raffy, Rafi, Rafik, Rafiq, Rainer, Ramey, Rane, Ranger, Ranier, Ravee, Ravel, Raven, Rayder, Raye, Rayner, Rider, Riker, River, Roger, Roper, Rover, Royer, Ryder, Ryker, Saber, Sayer and Taber. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rafer.

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