Rafe - boys name

Rafe name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 96%

Rafe name meaning:

Origin: English

The meaning of the name Rafe falls into two camps depending on the origin. In northern Europe, i.e. Britain, Scandinavia or Germany it is of Old Norse origin and means "wise wolf" or counsel of the wolf".

In southern Europe and in Hebrew the name is likely to be a short form of Raphael / Rafael. This is the name of one of the archangels from the Bible and comes from the Hebrew 'God has healed'.

Related names

Raphael , Rafael , Rafaela , Rafe , Raffaello , Rafi , Raphaela

Other boys names beginning with R


Overall UK ranking: 213 out of 4789

248 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (533)

Historical popularity of Rafe

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