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wineandpopcorn Thu 27-Aug-15 13:40:57

What do people think of the name raef for a boy?

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Thu 27-Aug-15 13:41:57

I'd think it was a spelling mistake

Squooshed Thu 27-Aug-15 13:49:30

I prefer Rafe.

wineandpopcorn Thu 27-Aug-15 13:49:57

Ha ha!!! What about Rafe? I don't like the proper spelling of Ralph, as he would always get called Ralf instead!

orchidnap Thu 27-Aug-15 13:51:10

I'm not sure why anyone would think it was Ralf rather than Ralph??

Squooshed Thu 27-Aug-15 13:53:31

Yes, Rafe will avoid all that

'it's pronounced Rafe actually'
'Yes really'
'Yes I know it's spelt with an L, but it's a silent L'

I bet Ralph Fiennes sometimes wishes he was a Rafe.

Wishful80smontage Thu 27-Aug-15 13:57:18

Rafe is very nice

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Thu 27-Aug-15 14:04:07

Rafe is a great name grin

girlandboy Thu 27-Aug-15 14:08:40

I like it, but please spell it how everyone else does. Else that person will spend a lifetime correcting people and explaining his name. And I mean a lifetime!

mrstweefromtweesville Thu 27-Aug-15 14:12:19

Not for me. I like real names, not made up ones. I taught a Zoie, once. Her mum couldn't spell.

beardsrock Thu 27-Aug-15 14:17:41

Like Nadal?

19lottie82 Thu 27-Aug-15 14:19:06

Sounds like, Rayf?

I'm not sure how to pronounce that, sorry!

wafflyversatile Thu 27-Aug-15 14:19:31

"I'm not sure why anyone would think it was Ralf rather than Ralph??"

Because until Ralph Fiennes came on the go everyone pronounced Ralph as Ralf. I distinctly remember everyone going ''what? Rafe? Rafe? Not Ralf? Why does he pronounce it like that? Whut? lol'' or words to that effect.

beardsrock Thu 27-Aug-15 14:23:46

I know someone whose name is Deen.

Yes, Deen. Sounds like Dean, but the mum wanted to be different and spell it Deen.

Cue millions of 'No, it's Deen, not D-E-A-N' conversations.

wineandpopcorn Thu 27-Aug-15 14:42:35

I don't like made up names either, but I really don't like the name Ralf, which is what it would get called constantly if we used the correct spelling grin.

girlandboy Thu 27-Aug-15 16:40:30

Then if you like the sound of Rafe, then please don't spell it as Raef because that just looks made up.

lugo40 Thu 27-Aug-15 17:51:57

i'm sorry i am being really thick but i am totally confused.

Ralph and Ralf - are they not pronounced the same?
and Rafe or raef is nice name but definitely very different pronunciation to ralph or ralf..

have i missed something?

PermetsTu Thu 27-Aug-15 17:55:56

lugo, Ralph and Rafe are both pronounced 'rafe' (although Ralph is also sometimes pronounced 'ralf').

I have a Rafe. Lovely name. It's a nickname though. He's actually named after a ninja turtle. grin

lunar1 Thu 27-Aug-15 17:56:15

I wouldn't have a clue how to say it to be honest!

SillyBub Thu 27-Aug-15 18:00:42

My cousin is a grown-up Raef. I can't disassociate the name from him which means I don't actually like the name at all

scatterthenuns Thu 27-Aug-15 18:00:56

Go for Rafe.

Ralph (pronounced Ralph) and Ralph (pronounced Rafe, like Voldemort) is one that people will always fuck up.

MamaLazarou Thu 27-Aug-15 18:10:02

I think it's awful, sorry.

lugo40 Thu 27-Aug-15 19:14:00

I never knew that. I would only ever pronounce Ralph with an l sound. And rafe as a ray sound with FF on the end.

lugo40 Thu 27-Aug-15 19:24:44

I really like the name rafe. I think this thread proves you may get some ralf pronounciation though so if that bothers you raef is clear to me

Colyngbourne Thu 27-Aug-15 22:08:10

Ralph was always pronounced "Rafe" until about 1900.

If you want the pronunciation to be obvious, then use "Rafe" rather than "Raef".

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