"God has healed"

Raphael Origin and Meaning

The name Raphael is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has healed".

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). Several celebs have chosen the name, including Robert De Niro, Ana Ortiz and Melissa George.

Rafael is the Spanish spelling, as represented by Spanish tennis champ Rafael Nadal. Rafi is the familiar Hebrew nickname.

# 453 in the US

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Famous People Named Raphael

  • RaphaelBiblical archangel
  • Raphael SanzioItalian Renaissance painter
  • Raphael SoyerRussian,American painter
  • Raphael Saadiq (b. Charles Ray Wiggins)American R&B singer
  • Raphael HolinshedEnglish chronicler consulted by William Shakespeare
  • Raphael MatosBrazilian racing car driver
  • Raphael "Roy" Welensky2nd and last Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Raphael (born Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez)Spanish singer and actor
  • Raphael SemmesU.S. Confederate Navy general
  • Raphael SbargeAmerican actor
  • Raphael GualazziItalian singer and pianist
  • Raphael AlejandroAmerican child actor
  • Raphael De Niro (b. 1976)son of American actor Robert De Niro
  • Raphael "Raffi" Williams (b. 1992)son of TV journalist Juan Williams
  • Raphaël Halle (b. 1993)son of actress Juliette Binoche and André Halle
  • Raphael Eigenmann Rogoff (b. 1998)son of actress Cherie Gil and Rony Rogoff
  • Raphael Lough (b. 2010)son of runners Paula Radcliffe and Gary Lough
  • Raphael Lebenzon (b. 2011)son of actress Ana Ortiz and Noah Lebenzon
  • Raphaël Elmaleh (b. 2013)son of Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco and Gad Elmaleh
  • Raphael Blanc (b. 2014)son of actress Melissa George and Jean David Blanc

Raphael in Pop Culture

  • Raphael Santiagocharacter in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments"
  • Raphaelone of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Raphael Hythlodaycharacter in Utopia (1516) by Thomas More
  • Raphaelchemist in The Mystery of a Hansom Crab (1886) by Fergus Hume
  • Raphael Leonjournalist in Children of the Ghetto (1892) by Israel Zangwill
  • Raphael "Raffy" character in Gemma Malley's "The Killables" series
  • Raphaelan angel on the TV show "Supernatural''
  • Raphaela vampire in the French online visual novel Moonlight Lovers
  • Raphael Kirstencharacter in Fire Emblem Three Houses video game