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Just curious: is pronouncing Ralph as 'Rafe' actually a thing?

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MrsNuckyThompson Tue 18-Nov-14 15:19:53

Or is it just Ralph Fiennes?

HorraceTheOtter Tue 18-Nov-14 15:20:32

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Bowlersarm Tue 18-Nov-14 15:20:57

It's a thing! Although not for all Ralph's.

Hakluyt Tue 18-Nov-14 15:22:35

Definitely a thing. But I was brought up, interestingly, to think of it as a very aspirqtional and therefore common "thing". Like Hyacinth Bucket calling herself Bookay.

tammytoby Tue 18-Nov-14 16:13:52

I know a couple of Ralphs/Ralfs and have only heard it pronounced as it is written, Ralf. Nice name!

Sophronia Tue 18-Nov-14 17:47:23

It is a thing, I prefer it pronounced as it is written though.

Squtternutbaush Tue 18-Nov-14 17:51:15

I know a few Ralph's and they're all pronounced as written.

I've only ever heard of the other pronounciation with Ralph Feinnes and I think some eejit from Made in Chelsea.

Much prefer it as written.

ellenjames Tue 18-Nov-14 17:54:12

Bit harsh on Ralph fiennes! He had to change the spelling I think but not sure but rafe should be spelt rafe and Ralph should be spelt Ralph! Love the name rafe x

squoosh Tue 18-Nov-14 17:54:25

I've always assumed it's a posh thing. I'd just spell the name Rafe and save a lot of hassle.

mymummademelistentoshitmusic Tue 18-Nov-14 17:54:27

I only know one vair posh (old posh, not pretend or just rich) and he's pronounced Ralph, not Rafe.

squoosh Tue 18-Nov-14 17:56:24

Seems as good a reason as any to post a picture as the lovely Mr Fiennes. He'd probably have you flogged if you called him 'Ralf'.

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Nov-14 18:37:07

I've braver come across one written Ralph and pronounced Rafe. To me it sounds very pretentious to say it that way, I don't like it at all (sorry Mr Fiennes)

brunette123 Tue 18-Nov-14 18:41:52

Never met a Ralph pronounced Rafe - I also think it sounds pretentious - if it was spelt Rafe then fine. I met a Petra, spelt Petra, pronounced Pee-tra - again had never come across that before.

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Nov-14 18:42:09

Ive *never come across one

Hakluyt Tue 18-Nov-14 18:46:24

"I've always assumed it's a posh thing"

It sounds that way- but actually it's the opposite. Interesting. I wonder how it happened?

mymummademelistentoshitmusic Tue 18-Nov-14 18:46:28

I once vaguely knew a mrs bucket type who called her sister, Patricia, Patreecia. And that's in Yorkshire.

PrincessOfChina Tue 18-Nov-14 18:47:10

You can't ever say Ralph (not Rafe) with a straight face if you've read Judy Blume's Forever anyway.

Oakmaiden Tue 18-Nov-14 18:48:08

I always thought Rafe was short for Raphael.

Legohair Tue 18-Nov-14 18:51:30

It's not pretentious or aspirational, in my experience it's a very trad. UC variant from people who may not have a bean but are very secure in their high social niche and have been for many generations.

If I (from the bottom of the proletariat) were to call my son Ralph- but-pronounced-Rafe, it would probably signal I was aspiring to higher things, on the other hand.

(As well as Mr Fiennes, there's also the actor Timothy Spall's actor son, but he writes it as 'Rafe'....)

Colyngbourne Wed 19-Nov-14 22:11:33

I thought it was the case that Ralph was always pronounced "Rafe" until the early C20th.

And no-one reads "Forever" these days.

NotMyChashkaChai Thu 20-Nov-14 20:39:08

I'd never heard of Ralph pronounced as 'ralf' before mumsnet! I thought all Ralphs were pronounced as 'rafe'!!

EmilyGilmore Fri 21-Nov-14 08:12:25

I know a baby Rafe, spelled that way too. His mother is forever fending off "Is his real name Ralph?". She spelled it that way precisely to avoid the Ralph thing. Failed.

CaptainAnkles Fri 21-Nov-14 08:14:43

To a whole generation it will always be a penis.

doodlewitch Fri 21-Nov-14 09:58:19

It's traditionally pronounced Rafe, yes

AddToBasket Fri 21-Nov-14 10:18:25

The name is 'Rafe'.
The penis is 'Ralph'.

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