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Ralph Origin and Meaning

The name Ralph is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wolf-counsel".

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.

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Ralph Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ralph Popularity

Famous People Named Ralph

  • Ralph George MacchioAmerican actor
  • Ralph Waldo EmersonAmerican author
  • Ralph LaurenAmerican fashion designer
  • Ralph David RichardsonEnglish actor
  • Ralph Nathaniel Twistleton Wykeham FiennesEnglish actor
  • Ralph NaderAmerican consumer advocate and politician
  • Ralph David AbernathyAmerican civil rights leader
  • Ralph Edmund StanleyAmerican bluegrass musician
  • Ralph Vaughan WilliamsEnglish composer
  • Ralph BakshiAmerican film director
  • Ralph Macfadyenson of actor Matthew Macfadyen
  • Ralph H. FowlerBritish physicist and astronomer
  • Ralph WaiteAmerican actor
  • Ralph WrightAmerican animator and writer
  • (William Henry) Ralph ReaderBritish actor and Gang Show founder
  • Ralph Johnson BuncheAmerican political scientist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Ralph Marvin SteinmanCanadian immunologist, winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Ralph NevilleBishop of Chichester and Lord Chancellor of England
  • Ralph George HoukAmerican baseball player and manager
  • Ralph Allen GarrAmerican baseball player
  • Ralph Moody HallU.S. Congressman from Texas
  • Ralph AbercrombyScottish general and politician
  • Ralph Adams CramAmerican architect
  • Ralph Gerald BackstromCanadian ice hockey player
  • Ralph Rexford BellamyAmerican actor
  • Ralph Blane (born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker)American songwriter
  • Ralph Theodore Joseph BrancaAmerican baseball player
  • Ralph William John BrownEnglish actor
  • Ralph Jose P. BurnsAmerican songwriter and bandleader
  • Ralph ByrdAmerican actor
  • Ralph CudworthEnglish Platonist philosopher
  • Ralph HorweenAmerican NFL football player
  • Ralph Phillip KleinCanadian politician, 12th Premier of Alberta
  • Ralph Neville1st Earl of Westmorland, 4th Baron Neville de Raby
  • Ralph George Algernon Percy12th Duke of Northumberland
  • Vincent Ralph Pagano (b. 2015)son of Ralph Pagano
  • Ralph Shearer Northam73rd Governor of Virginia

Ralph in Pop Culture

  • Ralph Kramdenmain character on TV's "The Honeymooners"
  • Ralph Wiggumcharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Ralphcharacter in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"
  • "WreckIt Ralph," 2012 Disney movie and main character
  • Ralph "Ralphie" Parkermain character in movie "A Christmas Story"
  • Ralph Rovermain character in "Coral Island" (1858) by R. M. Ballantyne
  • Ralph Jonesmain character in 1991 movie "King Ralph"
  • Ralph Dineenboy genius on TV's "Scorpion"
  • "Ralph 124C 41+" science fiction novel by Hugo Gernsback
  • Ralph Theodore Guardcharacter on animated series "Animaniacs"
  • Ralphgiant wolf monster in the video game "Rampage"
  • Rotten Ralphchildren's book series by Jack Gantos
  • Ralphmouse in "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary
  • Ralph E. Wolfcharacter in Warner Bros. cartoons
  • Ralphcharacter in comic strip "Drabble" by Kevin Fagan
  • Ralph Smithcharacter in G. A. Henty's, St. George for England
  • Ralphcharacter in comic strip "Sally Forth" by Francesco Marciuliano
  • Ralph Drangcharacter on TV's "Dear John"
  • Ralph Percymain character in Mary Johnston's "To Have and to Hold"
  • Ralph Harcourtcharacter in G. A. Henty's "A Knight of the White Cross"
  • Randolph "Ralph" DibnyAKA Elongated Man, DC Comics superhero and character on TV's "The Flash"
  • Ralph Furleyaka Mr. Furley , character in the TV series "Three's Company"

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