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Rufus or Raphael/Rafael

(42 Posts)
hokeycakey Sat 15-Jun-13 08:50:37

Have recently found out we are expecting a ds. We're torn between these 2 but if anyone else has any suggestions I would love to hear them! Also I think I prefer the Rafael spelling but not sure if they would end up forever spelling out their name? I am a Susanna and have always had my name misspelt which can get annoying!

Madamecastafiore Sat 15-Jun-13 08:53:33

Raphael is normal and I don't think people will have an issue with spelling it.

Rufus is on our list and both DH and I really like it but seems everyone we ask days it's a dogs name!

LondonBus Sat 15-Jun-13 08:56:17


hokeycakey Sat 15-Jun-13 08:57:06

I was wondering if people would spell it ph rather than f as that is more used iykwim?

Yes love rufus too and I'm told that my other kids sound like dogs/cats too! Oh well..... Was just wondering if rufus is really getting popular at the moment as hearing it around a bit more

Madamecastafiore Sat 15-Jun-13 08:58:15

My DS is Max so doggy names are fine in this household.

I'd spell it ph not f.

Yika Sat 15-Jun-13 09:00:44

There are many names with spelling variations, I wouldn't worry about using the f version.

I think both names are lovely.

Chubfuddler Sat 15-Jun-13 09:02:22

Both lovely but I would spell rafael

5madthings Sat 15-Jun-13 09:04:45

Rufus was on our list, and we very nearly used it but opted for Rudi in the end.

I also liked Raphael but dp didnt... Also the turtles seem popular again and the toys are in all the shops, which wouldnt bother me but might some people.

Both fab names smile

Oh and my ds2 has a dog/cat name as well apparently..

RubyOnRails Sat 15-Jun-13 09:06:33

I've got a rafael....we call him Rafa. It's a great name....we went for the f to avoid him being called Ralph! Forever linked with jury Blume lol

Pimpf Sat 15-Jun-13 09:20:17

I personally think of the life of Brian whenever I hear rufus (woofus!) so prefer Raphael, but it's your son so your choice!

Elquota Sat 15-Jun-13 11:09:29

Rufus, definitely!

changechangechange Sat 15-Jun-13 11:15:48

Raphael. Or Rafael.

hokeycakey Sat 15-Jun-13 12:06:22

Ooh it's pretty d

hokeycakey Sat 15-Jun-13 12:07:31

Split! Sorry hit post by accident

5madthings Rudi is actually on my (longer) short list too!

ladymia Sat 15-Jun-13 16:53:27


OrangeJuiceSandwich Sat 15-Jun-13 19:32:58

Rafael definetly. I love love love the nn Rafa.

littlepeas Sat 15-Jun-13 22:53:19

Love Raphael! It is my ds's middle name and often wish i'd been brave enough to go for it as first name (although I do love his name). We spelt it with the ph as that is the usual spelling in the UK, although I actually preferred the f too.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Sun 16-Jun-13 08:50:00

Rufus is on my list,I love it.
I also like Rafe...Rudi is awesome but we may have named the cat this,idiots

DaveMccave Sun 16-Jun-13 13:13:08

Why about Rafferty with nickname Raffi? I love it but DP doesn't. (Though he likes Raphael!) We've chosen Rufus coincidently. I cringe everytime I see a thread in here though as it is becoming increasingly popular.

Layl77 Sun 16-Jun-13 13:25:24

Rafael. Rufus seems doggy/ jokey to me. I like Rudi too.

hokeycakey Sun 16-Jun-13 13:25:44

I really like rafferty but I used to have these christian books about Haffertee the hamster when I was little and it reminds me of those!
I wonder how popular Rufus will become, stats for 2011 were 200 children named Rufus so not very popular but I feel as though I am hearing it a lot now and not sure if its on the way to becoming a Felix or Milo type popular unusual name!

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Sun 16-Jun-13 16:31:44

I don't think it'll get hugely popular....might be a mumsnet bubble name.

Still cursing using Rudi on the cat...

hokeycakey Sun 16-Jun-13 20:02:16

I know what you mean! I think its definitely a mumsnet name..... cant you rename the cat? Rudi is very cool!

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Mon 17-Jun-13 13:17:14

Nah,everyone would laugh grin
I'd never live it down!

DaveMccave Mon 17-Jun-13 17:03:48

Yeah that was the decider for me. If it does get popular I still think it will be a Felix/Milo popular, not an Ethan/Oscar. And I really like the former despite it becoming more widely used. In fact as popular as Felix seems, there were still only 511 born in 2010, compared to 8427 Oliver's. A few years of that many Oliver's is a LOT. But a few years of Felix's at that number isn't so much... When are you due? I think they release the 2012 names next month!

Can I ask as we have similar taste, what girls names you had before finding out it was a boy?

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