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 is a somewhat popular first name for males (#616 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#8619 out of 88799, Top 10%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Raphael for boys. Raphael reached its highest rank of #465 in the U.S. in 1990. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Raphael and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rafael (#293) and Raphael (#596). (2014 statistics).