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Gender: Male Meaning of Raphael: "God has healed" Origin of Raphael: Hebrew Raphael's Popularity in 2017: #519

The name Raphael is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has healed". Raphael is ranked #519 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Raphael

Raphael, Biblical archangel
Raphael Sanzio, Italian Renaissance painter
Raphael Soyer, Russian-American painter
Raphael Saadiq (b. Charles Ray Wiggins), American R&B singer
Raphael Holinshed, English chronicler consulted by William Shakespeare
Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing car driver
Raphael "Roy" Welensky, 2nd and last Prime Minister of Rhodesia
Raphael (born Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez), Spanish singer and actor
Raphael Semmes, U.S. Confederate Navy general
Raphael Sbarge, American actor
Raphael Gualazzi, Italian singer and pianist
Raphael Alejandro, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Raphael

Raphael Santiago, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments"
Raphael, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Raphael, a vampire in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
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 "Raffy," character in Gemma Malley's "The Killables" series
Raphael, an angel on the TV show "Supernatural''

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Raphael's International Variations

Rafaele (Italian) Rafal (Polish)