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EllenDegenerate Thu 19-May-16 17:32:31

I think I've decided on this.

The variation will depend on sex of the baby (team yellow)

Do you like it better than Alabama? grin

n0ne Thu 19-May-16 17:36:12

Alabama is awful, sorry. I love Raphael but not Raphaelle which sounds exactly the same so will cause issues for the child (people assuming she's male).

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 19-May-16 17:36:54

I love it smile

Rafaella Is on our list if DC2 is a girl

notagiraffe Thu 19-May-16 17:39:37

I love it for a boy. Prefer Raphaella for a girl. And er, yes, better than Alabama, by a long way.

Fink Thu 19-May-16 17:40:19

Beautiful. If I had a second DC I would probably go for this. The only thing I would say, with a dd who already has an -elle name, is that you and she will be constantly saying 'No, RaphaELLE, not RaphaellA.' And bizarrely, people won't believe you/listen and still use -a.

Senac32 Thu 19-May-16 17:43:19

They are both lovely names, and come from the hebrew to heal, rapha.
Hoping the birth goes well .
ps if I've missed previous threads on this sorry!

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-May-16 17:45:57

I suppose it depends on where you live hmm

EllenDegenerate Thu 19-May-16 17:48:58

Thanks for all views, I do like Raphaella but it sounds awful when said in our local accent which made us decide upon Raphaelle.

eyebrowsonfleek Thu 19-May-16 17:51:10

Raphael - great but may often be spelt Rafael which might annoy some people.
Raphaelle - in the UK I think most people will assume her name is Raphael. Raffaella is the safer bet but not sure on the spelling.

eyebrowsonfleek Thu 19-May-16 17:53:54

Alabama is so different to Raphael! This is a UK website so place names won't go down as well as on US naming sites. If I was forced to pick a "place name" Alabama certainly wouldn't feature on my list.

GreenBeans17 Thu 19-May-16 17:55:13

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thatsthewayitgoes Thu 19-May-16 17:57:29

I have a Raphael. He hates it but I love it. Everyone calls him Rafi smile

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FurryGiraffe Thu 19-May-16 20:04:10

I have a 4 day old Raphael snoozing on me smile- I love it. We're mixing Raphael and Raffy at the moment.

julfin Thu 19-May-16 23:38:43

Ha ha yes much better!

I absolutely love Raphael - it would be on my list but DH isn't a fan.

Had never thought of Raphaelle for a girl before, but I think it's really lovely. I say go for it!

Sophronia Fri 20-May-16 00:05:27

I love it

EllenDegenerate Fri 20-May-16 07:48:28

Thanks all smile

I'm thinking of Raphaelle Marie Rose for a girl.

Could you help me out with suggestions for MN for a boy? We seem to have used up all decent/notable family ones already as this baby is DC 5.

KoalaDownUnder Fri 20-May-16 07:54:21

I absolutely love Raphael for a boy. Although, unlike most, I prefer the Rafael spelling.

Not sure for a girl, tbh. Maybe Rafaella?

julfin Fri 20-May-16 08:04:36

What are your other boys' names, so we can get a flavour?

EllenDegenerate Fri 20-May-16 08:06:11

Eden Leonard Patrick and Reuben John Steven.

julfin Fri 20-May-16 08:22:29

Benjamin Frederick Sebastian Rufus Zachary Isaac Nathaniel Joshua Lucus Caleb Tobias Christopher?

EllenDegenerate Fri 20-May-16 08:43:31

Love Nathaniel!

Pipilangstrumpf Fri 20-May-16 08:45:22

Love Raphael and Raphaelle (although also prefer Raphaella).

Porcupinetree Fri 20-May-16 09:50:58

I just have to add that Alabama Raphaelle sounds pretty good...

KoalaDownUnder Fri 20-May-16 10:52:13

Good names. Way better than Alabama!

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