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Chosen names for twins, but..

(34 Posts)
legallyblond Thu 16-May-13 14:43:42

.... Not sure about which is the best pronounciation for one!

We already have a DD, Matilda.

The twins are DCDA, so could be any combo, and we don't know the sexes. We have decided on:


So... Ralph. Can be "Ralf" or "Rayfe". Both valid and normal I believe. We like both! Which do you automatically think when you see the name?


SheepCantFly Thu 16-May-13 14:48:16

I would think it was pronounced 'Ralph', but prefer 'Rafe'. helpful

Catlike Thu 16-May-13 14:51:23

Rafe sounds much nicer.

Egg Thu 16-May-13 14:51:40

My BIL is called "Rayfe" and it is spelt Rafe. I would presume Ralph is pronounced "Ralf" although I know it could be either. Good luck with the twins, I have b/g twins, they are fab.

EuroShaggleton Thu 16-May-13 14:52:43

Ralph is pronounced "ralf". Rafe is much nicer.

DebsMorgan Thu 16-May-13 14:56:16

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NotYoMomma Thu 16-May-13 15:04:38

Rafe! Love it

Wouldntyouliketoknow Thu 16-May-13 15:07:19

I think if you want it to be pronounced Rafe you'd have to spell it like that. Ralph is 'Ralf'.

LaVitaBellissima Thu 16-May-13 15:08:56

Yes Rafe is lovely and love all other names too.

Ralph is another word to say vomit where I grew up <helpful>

bunnymother Thu 16-May-13 15:10:35

I also think Ralph is Ralf.

All your names are lovely, btw, and I like how they don't "match" eg no Holly & Ivy. I have ID twin girls and their names don't "match", which is apparently quite important in the psychology of parenting twins, but not such a concern unless you have same sex twins. Apologies for the diversion in topic...

LemonPeculiarJones Thu 16-May-13 15:11:14

And in terms of the pairings (if its DD/DS) I think:

Hugo and Valentina

Rafe and Isobel

LemonPeculiarJones Thu 16-May-13 15:11:40

Sorry, Isabel!

humblebumble Thu 16-May-13 15:14:46

I know a Raphael that is shortened to Raffe which is quite nice too.


Raphael and Valentina

Raphael and Isobel

Decoy Thu 16-May-13 15:19:53

I think Ralph is best pronounced Ralf. I don't like this thing of names where you only know the "correct" pronounciation if you're posh enough. Just spell it like it is grin

legallyblond Thu 16-May-13 15:54:10

Decoy - I agree! Just checking as I (fairly posh actually - boarding school etc!) just think Ralf when I see the name.. although I know it can be Rafe. I worry Ralph pronounced Rafe is a bit affected! I like Ralf, so that that's fine!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 16-May-13 18:16:45

The actor Ralph Fiennes I believe pronounces his first name "Rafe".

Until I heard that, I'd always presumed it was "Ralf".

Great names, for a boy and girl I'd pair them

Hugo and Valentina, and Ralph and Isabel.

kelda Thu 16-May-13 18:20:17

I would go for Rafael too.

FattyMcChubster Thu 16-May-13 18:28:04

Cousin is rafe and pronounced 'rayfe'.
I always read Ralph 'ralf'.
Prefer rafe.

Catlike Thu 16-May-13 19:19:47

Ralph is another word to say vomit where I grew up <helpful>

Same here! and it always makes me think of the nickname the boyfriend in Forever by Judy Blume had for his penis

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 19:39:37

I only know one little Ralph [rather posh] and he is Ralf.

LaVitaBellissima Thu 16-May-13 19:52:03

grin Catlike

attilascupcakes Thu 16-May-13 20:06:21

Oh god Catlike, me too!

Either is valid. I would think Ralf straight off, but having been introduced as Rafe he would become that, if that makes sense.

dementedma Thu 16-May-13 20:25:02

My nephew is Ralph - pronounced Ralf.
Rafe is a bit poncey and a middle class affectation IMO.

bananaramma Thu 16-May-13 20:37:20

Isabel and Ralph are lovely - classic and underused. I'd probably say Ralf but would be happy pronouncing it Rafe if preferred.

PiratePanda Thu 16-May-13 20:40:35

Ralph is probably best avoided if you want to avoid a lifetime of judging one way or another re pretentious/chavvy. Raphael much more straightforward, and could even be Ralf for short...

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