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What does Raoul mean?

Raoul Pronunciation of Raoul as a boys' name is of French origin. Variant of Raul (Old English) "wolf counsel". Uncommon in the English-speaking world. Actor Raul Julia. Also form of Ralph. Also form of Rudolph.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ra-, old, wolf, counsel


VARIANTS Raul, Roul, Rowl


(male) Raoley, ..

(female) Rala, ..

Raoul Alvin (R.A.), ..

How popular is Raoul?

Raoul is a rare first name for men but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#139757 out of 150436, Top 93%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Raoul reached its peak rank of #1051 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

Ralph (#1075 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Raul (#442) and Rudolph are the prominent alternative forms of Raoul. Usage of these relations of Raoul reached its peak during the years 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #464) and is now significantly lower, with versions like Ralph becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raoul, Ralph, Raul, Rudolph in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Raoul is alike in pronunciation to Reuel, Rolle, Royal, Royle and Ruel. Other recommended sound-alike names are Gamul (see Gamal), Paul, Poul, Rafal, Rafel, Randl (see Randall), Raonull, Ravel and Saul. These names tend to be more frequently used than Raoul.