Raphael? Yes or no?

(31 Posts)
Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:38:43

My son will be born on St Raphaels day (24th October). We are Catholic and have Italian connections but our surnames (double barrelled) are French and very common English name. Think along the lines of Montague- Smith. DH loves the name Rafe which I'm not keen on (sounds like rape/rage) so I'm trying to compromise! Is Raphael too flouncy? Will there always be talk of 🐢? 😂 Would probably shorten it to RAF/ Rafa.

ZenNudist Sat 08-Oct-16 07:43:37

Love it. Unusual flowery and poncey but still love it.

I met an adult Raphael the other day and (he was a management consultant) couldn't help but be impressed by his name.

Also good from a catholic perspective. What are you thinking of. For middle name? How about Raphael Luke?

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:44:56

Oooh- love that! Sounds really nice! Thank you for suggestion 👍

DarkLikeVader Sat 08-Oct-16 07:45:05

Love Raphael and with your background I think it works perfectly. I also love Tafe but would use the Ralph spelling (in trying to convince my DH on this for my DS currently!)

Bagina Sat 08-Oct-16 07:46:17

Turtles are still around...

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:46:30

You are right- the Ralph spelling is much better!

GizmoFrisby Sat 08-Oct-16 07:46:47

I love the name also love the connection with your religion and family.

Love it! smile

UnicornPee Sat 08-Oct-16 07:47:11

I just think of the TMNT sorry.

JosephineMaynard Sat 08-Oct-16 07:47:25

I like it.

But yes, I did get remarks about teenage mutant ninja turtles when I was talking about this name.

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:47:31

Yes- turtles are still around but there are so many Leo's around and I don't think people automatically think of 🐢?

Rojak Sat 08-Oct-16 07:51:08

I think Raphael works with the French part of the surname - have met a few French Raphael's

FabFiveFreddie Sat 08-Oct-16 07:51:11

I think it's great!

There are vast swathes of the population who don't even know what the turtle thing is about (including me, I've figured it out). I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's not like calling him Batman 😄

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:52:55

Haha! Exactly/ although there are quite a few Robins around now (quite like that too!!)

Bagina Sat 08-Oct-16 07:54:50

I'm just saying that it's what children will think of; but they might think it's cool?

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 07:58:02

It's true- hopefully he would have the confidence to pull it off! I teach in a private school so there are a lot more 'out there' names!!

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 08:02:02

Thank you Bagina- I definitely want to hear all opinions which is why I started this thread!!

Lunar1 Sat 08-Oct-16 08:03:54

Love it, and it will be shortened to raph which is lovely.

somekindofmother Sat 08-Oct-16 08:08:18

raphael is not flouncy! he's a turtle! he's badass! it's an awesome name. i know a raf and he's such a little dude! particularly easy to pull off if you also have a foreign surname or heritage.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 08-Oct-16 08:12:34

Fab name.

SleepFreeZone Sat 08-Oct-16 08:22:16

Love it!

firawla Sat 08-Oct-16 08:26:41

It's a great name, and I think it definitely works with your reasons. My kids would immediately think of turtles but that would be seen as a good thing. My youngest has a different name that also starts with Raf and he likes it being the same nickname as the turtle grin

Stilldreamingofsun Sat 08-Oct-16 08:28:37

Rafferty by any chance Firawla?!

insancerre Sat 08-Oct-16 08:33:58

I like it
There is a character called Raffaello in holby city which I prefer

EllenDegenerate Sat 08-Oct-16 12:31:33

I love it.

If this baby is a boy he will be Raphael William Xavier.
Baby will be born on 30 November but My mums birthday is 24th October so we thought Raphael rather fitting.

Congratulations on your baby and on your fabulous taste. 😀

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