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Gender: Male Meaning of Rafferty: "floodtide, abundance, prosperity" Origin of Rafferty: Irish

The name Rafferty is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "floodtide, abundance, prosperity". Rafferty and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Think/Say".

From the experts:

Jaunty and raffish, Rafferty is one of the most engaging of the Irish surnames, used by Jude Law and Sadie Frost for their son. Fortunately, it doesn't still go by its original form: O'Raighbheartaigh.

Raff and Rafe are two equally great nicknames.

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Famous People Named Rafferty

Rafferty Law (b. 1999), son of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost
Rafferty Casey, son of actor Daniel Casey
Rafferty Jack McManus (b. 2015), son of actors/singers Martine McCutcheon and Jack McManus
Dylan Rafferty Brown (b. 2003), son of actor Ryan Brown
Ronan Rafferty, Irish golfer
Gerry Rafferty, Scottish singer/songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Rafferty

Rafferty Dickinson, character in Madeleine L'Engle's novel Camilla
Rafferty, main character in "Rafferty Rides a Winner" by Joan Woodberry
Rafferty, assassin in Malibu Comics' Ultraverse
"Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins," 1975 film about Sgt. Gunny Rafferty
"Rafferty's Rules," Australian TV series about Judge Michael Rafferty
"Rafferty," 1980 Soviet film about trade unionist Jack Rafferty
"Rafferty," TV series about Dr. Sid Rafferty
Zach Rafferty, a character in Penelope Williamson's novel Heart of the West

Rafe, Rafer, Raferty, Raff, Raffarty, Raffer, Raffertey


oliviamcdonald Says:


I picture a friendly, happy-go-lucky kind of guy.

EW314 Says:


I think this is a great, jaunty, lively name. Raff and Raffy are lovely nicknames too. I think it would be really cute on a little boy and Raff would be a handsome and distinctive name for a man.