What does Raphael mean?
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.
Raphael▲ has 1 more relation via Rafe: Rafer.more]
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)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Raphael for boys. Raphael was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #465 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #596 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Raphael and affiliated names. The only other popular alternative form of Raphael (#596 2 years ago) ranked in the Top 1000 is Rafael (#293 2 years ago). These forms of Raphael reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1990 (average #333) and are somewhat less widespread today (#444, 16.7% less). Rafael is more widely used than the rest, though Raphael has become popular as well over time. (2014 Birth Statistics)