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.
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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)
Charted below is the birth name history of Raphael for boys. Raphael 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 statistics of the boy name Raphael and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Raphael (#596 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rafael (#293 from current records) and Rafe (#1635). These forms of Raphael reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2006 (average #966) and have remained as popular to this day (#841, 7.4% less usage). Rafael is more widely used than the rest, though Raphael has become popular as well over time.
Suggested 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.