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Rafe or Ralph?

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Cami12 Fri 05-Aug-16 00:43:32

Which boys name do you prefer, Rafe or Ralph? I would pronounce L in Ralph, so they are quite different names.
Rafe seems like a slightly more modern and cool name, but I like that it's still an old name.
However Ralph is an old school classic to me and I really love Ralphie for a toddlersmile.
Any opinions?

leedsladyx Fri 05-Aug-16 00:49:29

Ralph is definitely the better name in my opinion. Absolutely Love it!! Ralphie is very cute:

Ipanema01 Fri 05-Aug-16 07:03:43

I don't mind Ralph but much prefer Rafe, it's so much cooler. I have one so I'm completely biased (and actually would rather no-one else chose it!) smile

YoungGirlGrowingOld Fri 05-Aug-16 07:05:52

I would pronounce "Ralph" as "Rafe". I thought that was the correct pronunciation? As is the fine Mr Fiennes. smile

cosmicglittergirl Fri 05-Aug-16 07:08:27

I've never understood the pronunciation of Ralph, does the L feature or not? I'm thinking of Ralph in the Simpsons... I love the name Rafe though, I know three under two.

Pipilangstrumpf Fri 05-Aug-16 07:23:38

Ralph! Cool and classic and works in all languages. Great choice!

Pipilangstrumpf Fri 05-Aug-16 07:24:26

Ralph pronounced as written (Ralf)!

Heratnumber7 Fri 05-Aug-16 07:29:52

Rafe. Though Ralph is also correctly pronounced Rafe, do it makes no odds.
(Spell check doesn't like Rafe though)

ClockMakerSue Fri 05-Aug-16 08:06:11

I like both but prefer Rafe. Ralph still makes me snigger initially (Judy Blume is to blame entirely for this) but I do like it.

PizzzaTheHutt Fri 05-Aug-16 08:09:02


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ItchyFoot Fri 05-Aug-16 08:31:44

Rafe. Ralph Wiggum from the Simpson's ruins Ralph

Tuiles Fri 05-Aug-16 08:32:04

I thought Rafe was spelt Raife - I prefer it that way, looks more 'finished'

I would pronounce the 'l' in Ralph. Very affected not to.

WellErrr Fri 05-Aug-16 08:38:37

I'd pronounce Ralph Rafe, so I'd do it that way.

Nice name.

YumYumThePig Fri 05-Aug-16 08:49:12


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ShowOfHands Fri 05-Aug-16 10:43:30

I have a Raphael who is Rafe or Rafa. It's getting popular. I know of 3 others under 2.

roseteapot101 Fri 05-Aug-16 10:52:09

i think Ralph is sweet but rafe sounds too much like wraith or wrath which makes it feel very strange

ovosmexidos Fri 05-Aug-16 11:00:17

I never knew people pronounce Ralph as Rafe. How strange.

The name Ralph strongly reminds me of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons. In other words, it's horrible.

CodyKing Fri 05-Aug-16 11:04:57

Rafe is a kids book about middle schools - he's a bit of an odd ball /loser character - in a very funny way

I know 2 Raphael's under 10 both are Rafe - one is odd and gets called riff-Raff -

Just a thought!

mistletoe1 Fri 05-Aug-16 18:11:01

I love Ralph (pronounced Ralf) but it's my Dad's name, so perhaps i'm biased. I also like Rafe!

lastqueenofscotland Fri 05-Aug-16 19:24:15

I adore rafe I know two (one in their teens the other in their fifties) both lovely people

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Fri 05-Aug-16 19:31:09

Ralph always reminds me of Judy Blume - Forever as the male protagonist called his penis Ralph! So I'd go for Rafe smile

ThePug Fri 05-Aug-16 21:54:23

I have a 5 month old called Ralph (pronounced Ralf) so clearly we love it smile . I heard all the Judy Blume & Simpsons comments but I'd never heard of the book (am 31 so must have just missed it) and don't watch the Simpsons. I prefer it to Rafe as it's more classic and has better nickname potential (aka Ralphie!) I hope it's not going to get really popular all of a sudden though!

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