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Gender: M Meaning of Ralph: "wolf-counsel" Origin of Ralph: English from German

Ralph has two diametrically different images: there's the suave Ralph Fiennes-type Brit (often pronounced Rafe), and then there's the Jackie Gleason blue-collar, bowling blowhard Ralph Kramden bus driver. It's all in the eye of the beholder, though its hip factor did rise when it was chosen for his son by cool U.K. actor Matthew Macfadyen.

Ralph is a name that's been around for a thousand years, was in the Top 30 from the 1870s to the 1920s, and just could make a comeback.

Ralph has a number of notable namesakes, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ralph Abernathy to Ralph Lauren. In literature, Ralph is a Shakespearean name, appearing in Henry IV, is a pivotal figure in Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Ralph was one of the three main boys in Lord of the Flies. And let's not forget Ralphie in A Christmas Story.

Or you might prefer the French version--Raoul.

Famous People Named Ralph

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author
Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer
Ralph David Richardson, English actor
Ralph Nathaniel Twistleton Wykeham Fiennes, English actor
Ralph Nader, American consumer advocate and politician
Ralph David Abernathy, American civil rights leader
Ralph Edmund Stanley, American bluegrass musician
Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer
Ralph Bakshi, American film director
Ralph George Macchio, American actor
Ralph Macfadyen, son of actor Matthew Macfadyen
Ralph H. Fowler, British physicist and astronomer
Ralph Waite, American actor
(William Henry) Ralph Reader, British actor and Gang Show founder
Ralph Johnson Bunche, American political scientist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Ralph Marvin Steinman, Canadian immunologist, winner of the Nobel Prize
Ralph Neville, Bishop of Chichester and Lord Chancellor of England
Ralph George Houk, American baseball player and manager
Ralph Allen Garr, American baseball player
Ralph Moody Hall, U.S. Congressman from Texas
Ralph Abercromby, Scottish general and politician
Ralph Adams Cram, American architect
Ralph Gerald Backstrom, Canadian ice hockey player
Ralph Rexford Bellamy, American actor
Ralph Blane (born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker), American songwriter
Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca, American baseball player
Ralph William John Brown, English actor
Ralph Jose P. Burns, American songwriter and bandleader
Ralph Byrd, American actor
Ralph Cudworth, English Platonist philosopher
Ralph Horween, American NFL football player
Ralph Phillip Klein, Canadian politician, 12th Premier of Alberta
Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, 4th Baron Neville de Raby
Ralph George Algernon Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland
Vincent Ralph Pagano (b. 2015), son of Ralph Pagano

Pop Culture References for the name Ralph

Ralph Kramden, main character on TV's "The Honeymooners"
Ralph Wiggum, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Ralph, character in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"
"Wreck-It Ralph," 2012 Disney movie and main character
Ralph "Ralphie" Parker, main character in movie "A Christmas Story"
Ralph Rover, main character in "Coral Island" (1858) by R. M. Ballantyne
Ralph Jones, main character in 1991 movie "King Ralph"
Ralph Dineen, boy genius on TV's "Scorpion"
"Ralph 124C 41+," science fiction novel by Hugo Gernsback
Ralph Theodore Guard, character on animated series "Animaniacs"
Ralph, giant wolf monster in the video game "Rampage"
Rotten Ralph, children's book series by Jack Gantos
Ralph, mouse in "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary
Ralph E. Wolf, character in Warner Bros. cartoons
Ralph, character in comic strip "Drabble" by Kevin Fagan
Ralph Smith, character in G. A. Henty's, St. George for England
Ralph, character in comic strip "Sally Forth" by Francesco Marciuliano
Ralph Drang, character on TV's "Dear John"
Ralph Percy, main character in Mary Johnston's, To Have and to Hold
Ralph Harcourt, character in G. A. Henty's, A Knight of the White Cross

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