Rafe (given name)

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Rafe is an English, Scandinavian and German given name for a male, used in many countries across the world but most popular in English speaking countries. It can be of Irish origin (meaning "strong"). More commonly, however, it is of Old Norse origin (meaning "counsel of the wolf" or "wise wolf"), derived from the Old Norse Raðulfr (rað "counsel" + ulfr "wolf") through Old English Rædwulf.

It is an old variation of the name Ralph, which is traditionally pronounced as Rafe in the UK. In fact, the spelling of Ralph as "Rafe" was popular throughout 17th Century England (both Marlowe and Beaumont, English playwrights of the period, wrote characters with the name Rafe). More information is available here.

Notable people[edit]

  • Ralph Fiennes, an English actor, who pronounces the name Ralph as Rafe

More notable people who use the more common spelling of "Ralph"

Fictional characters[edit]