Ralph (name)

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Ralph
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Old Norse, Old English
Meaning counsel wolf
Other names
Related names Raul, Ralphie, Raoul

Ralph (/rf/[1] or /rælf/) is an English, Scandinavian and German male given name, derived from Old Norse Raðulfr (rað "counsel" + ulfr "wolf") through Old English Rædwulf and the longer form Radulf.[2]

The most common forms are:

Other forms of the name are:

  • Rafe, variant form which is a relatively rare male first name; it is pronounced /reɪf/, the same as the traditional but infrequent English pronunciation of Ralph.
  • Raef, variant form which is a very rare male first name (e.g. Raef Bjayou).
  • Raff, variant form which is a very rare male first name.
  • Raif, variant form which is a very rare male first name.[3]
  • Ralf, the traditional variant form in the Dutch, German and Swedish languages (although Ralph is also used as a given name in German and Swedish).
  • Raoul, the traditional variant form in the French language.
  • Raúl, the traditional variant form in the Spanish language.
  • Raul, the traditional variant form in the Portuguese language.
  • Raül, the traditional variant form in the Catalan language.
  • Rádhulbh, the traditional variant form in the Irish language.

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