Your DDs have lovely names! I'd go with the 'ela' ending personally as, sonically, the other is the same as Raphael/Rafael and that could well confuse people in this country. I knew a Raphaëlle and thought it was the coolest name ever bit she was French, so the sound of that name can be masculine or feminine.
We'd probably shorten it most of the time so we'd have Betty and Raphy, which I think it ok.
I think that Raphaela is a UK spelling. I'm quoting someone on Mumsnet who previously said ...
"The spelling in Portugal (and Spain and probably Brazil) is:
I've been through a million other names and Raphaela really is our favourite at the moment. Lots of the classic names don't really excite me and I don't trust myself to use something more fashionable. I do like a lot of 50s names which are very 'current' but I have a feeling that they'll date.
Thanks for all the replies so far! I'm still very keen on the name and you've definitely swayed me towards using Raphaela. I just need to have a bit more of a think about how it matches up with DD1, although I think Betty and Raphy will be fine.
So now on to the task of a middle name! Something quite short I'm thinking. Possibly Rosa? Any suggestion or further opinions on Raphaela welcome!
The spelling in Portugal (and Spain and probably Brazil) is:
In Brazil they use both f and ph and they vary between one L and two Ls. One L is more common than two though, and these days I'd say PH is a bit more common than F (although it is all regional of course). So basically, "Raphaela" is pretty common in Brazil.