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Meaning and name origin

Ralph \r(a)-lph, ral-ph\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Rafe, Raff, Ralf, Raoul, Raul, Rolf and Rolph.

There are 2 feminine forms of Ralph: Ralphina and Raoule.


Ralph is a very popular first name for males (#62 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3217 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ralph for boys. Ralph reached its highest rank of #21 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ralph name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ralph and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Raul (#423), Rolf, Raoul and Ralph. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ralph, Raoul, Raul, Rolf in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ralph is also pronounced similarly to Rolphe. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ralph.