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Gender: M Meaning of Raphael: "God has healed" Origin of Raphael: Hebrew Raphael's Popularity in 2013: #597

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Raphael is a romantic archangel name that sounds both artistic and powerful. Raphael is also a great cross-cultural choice, with significance for people with both Latinate and Jewish roots, plus plenty of grounding in the English-speaking world.

Raphael was one of the seven archangels (called by Milton "the affable archangel") who attended the throne of God and, as the angel of healing, is the patron of doctors as well as of travelers, science and healing. Another worthy namesake is the great Renaissance painter Raphael (born Raffaello Sanzio).

Raphael is particularly popular in France right now, where it's a Top 10 name. Rafael is the Spanish spelling, as represented by Spanish tennis champ Rafael Nadal. Rafi is the familiar Hebrew nickname.

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Famous People Named Raphael

Raphael Soyer, Russian/American artist, twin brother Moses Soyer
Raphael De Niro, son of American actor Robert De Niro
Raphael Sanzio, Renaissance painter
Raphael Saadiq, American singer
Raphael Elmaleh, newborn son of Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco
Ana Ortiz's son
Melissa George's son
Raphael Holinshed, an English chronicler, whose work, commonly known as Holinshed's Chronicles, was one of the major sources used by William Shakespeare for a number of his plays.
Raphael Matos, a Brazilian race car driver
Raphael Semmes, a brigadier general in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War
Raphael Sbarge, an American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Raphael

Raphael, red Ninja Turtle
Raphael Hythloday, character in Utopia (1516) by Thomas More
Raphael, chemist in The Mystery of a Hansom Crab (1886) by Fergus Hume
Raphael Leon, journalist in Children of the Ghetto (1892) by Israel Zangwill
Raphael, nicknamed Raffy, is a protagonist character in Gemma Malley's book series "The Killables"

Falito, Rafael, Rafaelle, Rafaello, Rafaelo, Rafe, Rafel, Raffaello, Raffello, Raphaello, Raphale, Raphaél, Rapheal, Raphel, Raphello, Raphiel, Ravel, Ray, Rephael

Raphael's International Variations

Rafaele (Italian) Rafal (Polish)