Gender: Male Meaning of Rafe: "wolf-counsel" Origin of Rafe: Variation of Ralph

Rafe Origin and Meaning

The name Rafe is a boy's name meaning "wolf-counsel".

Used almost exclusively in England; would make an equally amiable short form here for Raphael or Rafferty -- and could also stand on its own. If you're looking for boys' names starting with R, this is one of your cooler choices.

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stepx Says:


great nickname for Raphael. Maybe ok, too, as a stand alone. On syllable and masculine. I dont see it as sounding too much like anything, a complaint i find highly odd.

FractalShadow Says:


I strongly advice pronouncing it rah-fee.

gummybear0724 Says:


It sounds way too close to Rape.

Emilyjackjones Says:


I know this is commonly used as a nickname for Ralph but could it also be used for Ranulph?

Jo77 Says:


Isn't that a bit like saying Kate sounds like cake? I've never accidentally called my friend Kate, Cake!
Or Bill and Kill. Or Billy and willy. Those last two actually rhyme. Seems odd to compare a name with a word that *almost* rhymes with it. Not meaning to be rude to those that think otherwise - just putting another view out there.
I think Rafe is a lovely, unique name with a soft quality to it. It actually (not almost) rhymes with safe...

sarah Says:


We chose this name for our son. I loved it, and still do for the meaning and uniqueness. We didn't announce the name until he was born. Now, every time a stranger asks his name they think we're saying Race or Rate. He's probably going to want to go by his middle name (Leevi) in school.

raevynstar Says:


The Main character of a good children's book series is named this, but see indiefendi's comment and you'll know why I dislike it. Use Raphael any day!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Yikes!! Way to close

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


That's why I think it sounds so harsh.

Guest Says:


A bit too close to "rape" for me. I love Rafi though.

Hadzor Says:


Love this name!! Just have to convince my husband!!

neworleans Says:


I thought it was pronounced rah-fee at first. I liked it better then.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Sounds a bit harsh to me.