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What does Ralf mean?

Ralf Pronunciation of Ralf [ralf] as a boys' name has its root in Old English, and the meaning of the name Ralf is "wolf counsel". Ralf is a version of Ralph (Old English).

Associated with: old english, wolf, counsel.


Ralf has 2 variants: Rolf and Rolph.

4 more different relations via Ralph: Rafe, Raff, Raoul and Raul.

Creative forms:
(male) Ralan, Ruralf, ..

(female) Rala, Ralfre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ralf Edwin (R.E.), ..

How popular is Ralf?

Ralf is an uncommon given name for men. Ralf is a rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Ralf (not in Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Rafe (#1811 last year), Ralph (#1075), Raoul, Raul (#442) and Rolf. Other variants, like Rolph, are seldom used. These relations of Ralf reached the peak of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.8%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.1%, down 94%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Ralf is alike in pronunciation to Rolfe. Other recommended names are Alf, Dolf, Rab, Rabi, Rad, Radd, Radly, Rae, Rafa, Raffi, Raffy, Rafi, Rahm, Rai, Rain, Raj, Raja, Ram, Rama, Rami, Ramy, Rand, Rane, Ranolf, Ras, Ravi, Rawly, Ray, Raye, Roald, Ulf, Wolf and Wulf. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ralf.

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