What does Ralph mean?
Ralph \r(a)-lph, 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 is a very prominent first name for men (#62 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#3217 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ralph and related names. Raul (#423 a year ago), Rowland, Rollo, Rolf and Raoul are the popular varying forms of Ralph. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Ralph and Rowland becoming less fashionable. Raul (#423) is the most chic baby name among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Ralph▼ is pronounced similarly to Rolphe. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ralph.