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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.


Ralph has 7 variants: Rafe, Raff, Ralf, Raoul, Raul, Rolf and Rolph.

Ralph has 3 more different relations via Rolf: Rolfe, Rolle and Rollo.

Ralph has 2 feminine forms: Ralphina and Raoule.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Ralphry, Raph, ..

(female) Ralae, Ralta, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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

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

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.

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

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

Similar Names


Ralph is pronounced similarly to Rolphe. Other suggested similar names are Dolph, Rajah and Ralegh (see Raleigh). These names tend to be less commonly used than Ralph.