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What does Rafael mean?

Rafael Pronunciation of Rafael as a boys' name is pronounced rah-fah-EL. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rafael is "God has healed". Variant of Raphael. Baseball player Rafael Palmiero; tennis player Rafael Nadal.



VARIANTS Rafa, Rafe, Rafel, Rafello, Rafer, Raffaelo, Raffaello, Raphael

RELATIONS VIA RAPHAEL Rafaelle, Rafaello, Rafaelo, Rafal, Raffael, Ravel



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How popular is Rafael?

Rafael is a very popular first name for males (#207 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#11734 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Rafael reached its apex rank of #201 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #258 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Rafe and Raphael (#527 LAST YEAR) are the prominent varying forms of Rafael (#258). These relations of Rafael are at the top of their popularity today (MEDIAN #928). Rafael and Raphael are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Adael, Cadel, Cadfael, Carel, Dael, Daniel, Dannel, Dantel, Darcel, Darel, Daviel, Farrel, Fayvel, Gadiel, Gavrel, Hamel, Haniel, Hansel, Harel, Haskel, Jael, Jamael, Jameel, Jamel, Karmel, Karrel, Manoel, Manuel, Manvel, Marcel, Mardel, Micael, Nabeel, Pagiel, Parnel, Pawel, Rabee, Radames, Radek, Rae, Rafee, Raffy, Rafi, Rafiq, Raham, Raice, Raiden, Rainer, Rajah, Rajan, Rama, Ramsey, Rancel, Randall, Randel, Randell, Randl (see Randall), Ranell, Rashae, Raul, Rayce, Rayder, Raynell, Rayner, Raynes, Raziel, Rigel, Rodel, Ronal, Ronel, Royal, Royall, Ruel, Russel and Samael. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rafael.

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