Ralph - boys name

Ralph name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Ralph name meaning:

The name Ralph is of Old English origin and has several possible meanings. One interpretation is that it comes from the Old Norse name Ráðúlfr, which means "counsel-wolf." This suggests a strong and wise individual who possesses leadership qualities and the ability to offer valuable advice. Another possible meaning is that Ralph is derived from the Old English word "radulf," meaning "red wolf." In this context, the name could signify someone with a fiery and passionate nature, as well as strength and resilience.

Ralph is a classic and timeless name that has been used throughout history. It is associated with qualities such as wisdom, strength, and leadership, making it a popular choice for parents looking for a strong and meaningful name for their son. The name Ralph has a certain charm and character, reflecting a sense of tradition and stability. It is a name that can inspire confidence and portray a sense of authority. Overall, the name Ralph carries a rich history and a range of positive connotations, making it a popular choice for many families.

Origin: German

Wolf counselor.


Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Ralph , Randall , Raoul, Raul

Other boys names beginning with R


Overall UK ranking: 85 out of 4789

692 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (85)
  • Scotland (273)

Historical popularity of Ralph

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