What does Raphael mean?
Raphael [raphael] as a boys' name is pronounced rah-fah-EL. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Raphael is "healing God". The name of an archangel in the Apocryphal book of Tobit, possibly the one who stirred the waters at the pool of Bethesda to give it healing powers. Renowned Italian Renaissance artist Raphael was a contemporary of da Vinci and Michelangelo. The name was popular in the 16th, 17th, and 19th centuries. Painter Raphael Sanzio; author Rafe Yglesias.
(female) Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Raphael?
Raphael is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#616 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#8107 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Raphael reached its apex rank of #465 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #537 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Raphael (#537 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rafael (#294 from current records) and Rafe (#1811). These forms of Raphael reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2006 (average #966) and have remained as popular to this day (#880, 3% less usage). Rafael is more widely used than the rest, though Raphael has become popular as well over time.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Cadfael, Capel, Cappel, Jamael, Kapel, Michael▼, Mychael, Racham, Raffaelo, Raghnall, Raham, Raheem▼, Rahiem, Rancel, Randal▼, Randall▼, Randel, Rashaad, Rashad, Rashae, Rashane, Rashaun, Rashawn, Rasheed▼, Raziel, Sachiel, Sahel, Samael and Vachel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Raphael.See names in meaning and etymology.