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Rafe or Joel?

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Bezzabelle Mon 10-Feb-14 20:06:58

Can't decide for ds2. All other names I like have been vetoed by dh!

tammytoby Mon 10-Feb-14 20:08:24

Rafe is lovely! As is Rafferty.

Not so keen on Joel - do you pronounce it Joe-el or Joal?

Bezzabelle Mon 10-Feb-14 20:10:39

Joal I guess!!
I like Rafferty but got a long surname so is a bit of a mouthful! Hence the short names!

BabyMummy29 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:12:03

Prefer Joel. Really don't like Rafe - always seems a bit pretentious to me, especially when it's spelled Ralph

Coconutty Mon 10-Feb-14 20:15:01

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Pregnantberry Mon 10-Feb-14 20:16:26

Joel, Rafe sounds pretentious to me.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 10-Feb-14 20:19:34

Joel every single time.

MyNameIsSuz Mon 10-Feb-14 20:19:45

I like Joel a lot! It's more timeless so will age better I think. Really not keen on Rafe.

bootsycollins Mon 10-Feb-14 20:21:52

Joel for me please, lovely name.

Bezzabelle Mon 10-Feb-14 20:43:29

How about just Raffy? Or do you think it sounds like it should be short for something? Or a dog?! This is so hard! Girl's names are much easier.

Coconutty Mon 10-Feb-14 20:46:14

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CPtart Mon 10-Feb-14 21:08:28


invicta Mon 10-Feb-14 21:11:03


Showy Mon 10-Feb-14 21:15:05

I have a Raphael who is Raffy, Rafe, Rafa or Roo depending on who is addressing him. I love his name.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 10-Feb-14 22:00:02

Rafe, by all the country miles.

Joel isn't the nicest of the biblical names.

Ralph prn Rafe is an upper class name trick and quite frankly ridiculous.

HyvaPaiva Mon 10-Feb-14 22:03:20


BoyMeetsWorld Mon 10-Feb-14 22:38:44


aGirlDownUnder1 Tue 11-Feb-14 08:29:57


MummyPig24 Tue 11-Feb-14 09:34:54

Love Joel. That was at the top of my list, dh not so keen so we have gone with something else but I still adore it.

Bezzabelle Tue 11-Feb-14 10:52:41

Ds is called Finn if that helps??

squoosh Tue 11-Feb-14 11:57:09

Rafe although I'd go for Rafael/Raphael

Joel is a mechanic from New Jersey who has a mullet.

Bowlersarm Tue 11-Feb-14 11:57:48


Very cool.

Bezzabelle Tue 11-Feb-14 12:05:34

Hmmmh am not a mullet fan!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 11-Feb-14 12:45:07

Finn and Rafe sounds fantastic

Writerwannabe83 Tue 11-Feb-14 13:56:00

I love Rafe - but I'm pretty sure that's because it reminds me of Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbour grin Yummy!!!

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