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What does Raphael mean?

Raphael Pronunciation of Raphael 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


VARIANTS Falito, Rafal, Rafael, Rafaelle, Rafaelo, Rafaello, Rafe, Rafel, Rafello, Raffael, Raffaello, Raphaello, Raphello, Ravel

FEMININE FORMS Rafaela, Raphaela



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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)

Raphael reached its apex rank of #465 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #527 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Raphael (#527 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rafael (#258) and Rafe. These forms of Raphael are at the peak of their popularity today (AVERAGE #928). 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-sounding 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.

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