What does Ralph mean?
Ralph /ral-ph/ [1 syll.] 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.
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, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Raul (#423 a year ago), Rowland, Rollo, Rolf and Raoul are the popular varying forms of Ralph rated in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3238%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.0962%, 70.3% less), with the forms Ralph and Rowland becoming less fashionable. Raul (#423) is the most chic baby name among these. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ralph and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Ralph▼ is pronounced similarly to Rolphe. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ralph.