What does Raphael mean?
Raphael \r(a)-phael\ 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.
Raphael has 1 more related variation via Rafe: Rafer.
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 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 is Rafael (#293 the previous year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1990 (usage of 0.667%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.5555%, down 16.7%). Rafael (#293) and Raphael (#596) are two of the more chic baby names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)