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What does Raphael mean?

Raphael /ra-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.

Associated with: healing (life), archangel (angel), book (literary), waters, powers, renaissance (medieval), 16th century, 17th century, 19th century


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

Raphael has 2 feminine forms: Rafaela and Raphaela.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Draphael, Gephael, ..

(female) Rala, Rasa, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raphael name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raphael outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raphael, Rafael, Rafe in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raphael and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


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.