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Meaning and name origin

Raphael \r(a)-phael\ as a boy's 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.

Raphael has 14 variant forms: Falito, Rafal, Rafael, Rafaelle, Rafaelo, Rafaello, Rafe, Rafel, Rafello, Raffael, Raffaello, Raphaello, Raphello and Ravel.

There are 2 feminine forms of Raphael: Rafaela and Raphaela.


Raphael is a somewhat popular first name for males (#616 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#8619 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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