What does Ralph mean?
Ralph /ral-ph/ as a boys' name is pronounced ralf, rafe. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ralph is "wolf counsel".
The wolf is an animal with a reputation for being crafty. Rolf is a German form. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson; consumer activist Ralph Nader; actors Ralph Fiennes, Ralph Macchio.
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How popular is Ralph?
Ralph is a very prominent first name for men (#62 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4106 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ralph for boys. Ralph reached its peak position of #21 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is currently at #1037. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Raul (#423 via latest list), Rafe (#1635), Rollo, Raoul and Rolf are the popular varying forms of Ralph (#1037 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Ralph were favored as birth names a century ago (average #1081) and have become much less popular since (#1515, 93% less usage), with the form Ralph falling out of fashion.