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How do you pronounce the name Raphael?

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Araminkin Thu 14-Apr-16 07:26:59

Is it Ray-fill or Ra-fa-el? (I have no kids in school yet so excuse my phonic spelling!)

blueskyinmarch Thu 14-Apr-16 07:28:42


kimlo Thu 14-Apr-16 07:28:47

Raf eye el

lamusic Thu 14-Apr-16 07:28:57


skinnyamericano Thu 14-Apr-16 07:29:26

Ra-fy-ell I think!

Always wanted a Rafa, lovely name.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Thu 14-Apr-16 07:29:31

I would say Raf-eye-el. Never heard anyone say Ray-fil but perhaps it's a localised thing?

Bogburglar99 Thu 14-Apr-16 07:35:36

I'd hesitate between Raff-aye-el and Raff-ay-el. Suspect both are correct depending on accent. How much you emphasise the middle bit seems to vary too - the tennis player seems to be more like Raff-ale whereas if I was talking about the archangel as you do Id give it three distinct syllables Raff-ay-el.

Lovely name. Wimped out on using it for DS, it will have to be the cat now!

MoggyP Thu 14-Apr-16 07:51:02


Like it is in Bible readings.

Lovely name

FuckyNell Thu 14-Apr-16 07:55:12

Raf A L

BabyGanoush Thu 14-Apr-16 07:58:44


Could be Raffi when little, and Raf as a teen

everdene Thu 14-Apr-16 08:07:17

I'd pronounce it Raff-eye-El, but the local school to me is always pronounced St RAYF-ee-ul.

gingerboy1912 Thu 14-Apr-16 08:12:22

Raf. Eye. El

AutumnRose1988 Thu 14-Apr-16 09:33:05

I know 2 Raph's and they are both pronounced Raff-eye-el.

ABitAsleep Thu 14-Apr-16 09:36:22


RiverTam Thu 14-Apr-16 09:38:15


Nibbl3s Thu 14-Apr-16 09:52:19


Sophronia Thu 14-Apr-16 10:05:23


MrsBoDuke Thu 14-Apr-16 11:53:31


Itinerary Thu 14-Apr-16 12:44:46


CoraPirbright Thu 14-Apr-16 13:03:01


So short 'a' like apple, then long 'a' like ace. But it looks like I am in the minority!

Ludways Thu 14-Apr-16 13:11:23


MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Thu 14-Apr-16 13:15:36

RAY-fell, for an English person with the name. If Spanish RAFF-eye-el.

Araminkin Thu 14-Apr-16 13:40:09

Hmm...So that is one Ray-fell (2 syllables) and the others variations on Raff-eye-el (3 syllables). I always thought that the 2 syllable version is the English one and the 3 syllable one is the Spanish. Is that not correct then?

MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Thu 14-Apr-16 14:07:13

That is correct.

StrapOnDodo Thu 14-Apr-16 14:14:16

In French it's Raf eye Elle

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