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