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Ruben or Rafael

(17 Posts)
Layl77 Tue 24-Sep-13 18:37:08

I like Ruben but know Reuben is quite popular. Rafael less so and Rafi a cute nickname, what do you think? Surname C ends in -os of Spanish heritage. Any suggestions welcome, don't have to be Spanish!

earlgray Tue 24-Sep-13 18:41:41

Ruben is on my list, not so keen on Rafael.

amandine07 Tue 24-Sep-13 22:47:51

I love Rafael- strong, solid sounding name :-)

FergusSingsTheBlues Tue 24-Sep-13 22:49:26

I've got a rafael....he's Rafa ... We love it...

YoungBritishPissArtist Tue 24-Sep-13 22:50:30

I love Rafael! grin

Ruben is ok, I don't hate it but don't love it either.

BonaDea Tue 24-Sep-13 22:52:18

I love both names.

charleslingus Wed 25-Sep-13 08:01:12

One of mine was nearly a Rafael, when I told him this he loved it and now every story he writes the protagonists is always Rafael. So your son will thank you!

elcranko Wed 25-Sep-13 09:20:26

I love Rafael, not really keen on Ruben.

MrsDibble Wed 25-Sep-13 10:11:25

I like both, but there do seem to be quite a lot of Rubens (or other spellings of the same) about. Rafael is still more unusual. It's on my list - spelt the way you are spelling it, not Raphael, which I think is the English version although could be wrong.

squoosh Wed 25-Sep-13 10:40:36

Love Rafael.

Ruben is a bit blah.

Bowlersarm Wed 25-Sep-13 10:44:53


Sunnysummer Wed 25-Sep-13 12:12:46

Rafael - Ruben looks misspelled to me vs Reuben

UriGeller Wed 25-Sep-13 12:24:02

I've always liked Reuben. It's quite popular now. I'd go for Rafael. Raff and Raffy are cute nicknames. I can only think of 'Ru' as a good shorty for Reuben.

pygmy Wed 25-Sep-13 14:38:59


Fozziebearmum2be Wed 25-Sep-13 14:45:19

Ruben-it's on my list.

Rafael always makes me think of Benitez or Nadal (not that that's a bad thing!

Retroformica Thu 26-Sep-13 22:44:57


kiwik Thu 26-Sep-13 23:53:07

Ruben just looks mispelled to my eyes. I prefer Reuben with the classical spelling.
Rafael is not to my taste, and it cetainly wouldn't suit our surname, but if I had a Spanish surname I think it would be more acceptable.

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