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(18 Posts)
exapplekid Thu 05-Feb-15 21:58:23

Not for me but for a friend. This is their front runner at the moment, but apparently some minor celeb has just used it and they're worried about popularity.

Also any general opinions on whether you like the name, and why, would be appreciated.

ClementineAndCordelia Thu 05-Feb-15 22:13:11

Love it . Rafy for short smile

Moher Thu 05-Feb-15 22:15:08

It's truly awful, sorry. I don't think your friend should worry too much about popularity.

Alyx80 Thu 05-Feb-15 22:42:46

It's my son's name so I obviously love it. Have only ever got positive reactions too IRL.

ourglass Thu 05-Feb-15 22:43:12

I love it!

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 05-Feb-15 22:49:38

Martine McCutcheon just used it , Jude Law / Sadie Frost also have one . Doubt it will explode all over .

carbolicsoaprocked Thu 05-Feb-15 23:00:47

I'd immediately think they were big Gerry Rafferty fans. Too surnamey - fine for a middle name but not as a first IMHO.

Zsazsabinks Fri 06-Feb-15 08:08:50

I think there are a few creeping up, but I don't think it's in any way becoming common. I liked it as a boy name, but was just put off by the fact that it's a surname that I have no connection with...and that I have girls, although I'm sure I heard of a girl called it the other day!

Raphael could also be shortened to Raffy.

exapplekid Fri 06-Feb-15 09:25:00

Thanks all. I'll pass it on after the thread has run its course. I'm of the opinion they should still use it if they want to. Though it's not my personal taste. It feels a bit trendy.

squoosh Fri 06-Feb-15 10:41:51

It's surname that C list celebs name their kids.

seaoflove Fri 06-Feb-15 13:35:53

It is a very "celeb" type name. I also find it a bit frilly sounding for a boy (I don't particularly like frilly names on girls either!)

RL20 Fri 06-Feb-15 14:19:25

Sorry I'm not a fan. Wasn't aware that a 'celeb' had used it but even so it's not really a name I like

Sunnysideup5883 Fri 06-Feb-15 19:24:50

I adore it!! With nn rafe

flowerygirl Fri 06-Feb-15 21:17:27

I love the name! It's a bit complicated sounding to become common if that makes sense.

I believe Sarah Beeny has a son called it too grin

MamaLazarou Sat 07-Feb-15 09:54:24

Fine, as long as the baby is born with a top hat, a monocle and an air of ridicule.

HedgehogsDontBite Sat 07-Feb-15 09:59:33

This is what it brings to mind for me:

Hobbes8 Sat 07-Feb-15 12:56:09

I love it but it almost rhymes with my surname. We called the bump Rafferty for a while to amuse ourselves, but she turned out to be a girl anyway.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 07-Feb-15 22:23:28

I don't like it. It sounds like a comedy name to me.

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