Raphael (given name)

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Raphael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is Healer" or "God has Healed" (רפאל). Depending on the language (first popularly used in France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal) it can be spelled either Raphael, Raphaël, Rafael, Raffael, Raffaele, or Refael, the last of which is closest to how the name is pronounced in Hebrew. The French equivalent is Raphaël.

The name is attested as far back as c. 1350 BCE, appearing in a letter of Pabi, Prince of Lachish, to Akhenaton ("Now have I sent you Rapha-el..").[1]


  • Arabic: رافائيل (appears also as Roufayel روفايل specially in the Lebanese dialect)
  • Armenian: Ռաֆայել
  • Azerbaijani: Rafael
  • Belarusian: Рафаэль (Rafaeĺ)
  • Bengali: রাফায়েল ( Rāphāẏēla)
  • Cebuano: Rafael
  • Chinese Simplified: 拉斐尔 (Lā fěi ěr)
  • Chinese Traditional: 拉斐爾 (Lā fěi ěr)
  • Czech: Rafael
  • Esperanto: Rafaelo
  • Finnish: Rafael
  • French: Raphaël
  • German: Raffael
  • Greek: Ραφαήλ ( Rafaí̱l)
  • Gujarati: રાફેલ ( Rāphēla)
  • Hebrew: רפאל
  • Hindi: रफएल ( Rapha'ēla)
  • Italian: Raffaello, Raffaele
  • Japanese: ラファエル ( Rafaeru)
  • Kannada: ರಾಫೆಲ್ ( Rāphel)
  • Korean: 라파엘 (Lapael)
  • Latin: Raphael
  • Lithuanian: Rafaelis
  • Macedonian: Рафаел (Rafael)
  • Mongolian: Рафаэль (Rafaeli)
  • Nepali: रफाएल ( Raphā'ēla)
  • Norwegian: Rafael
  • Persian: رافائل
  • Polish: Rafał
  • Portuguese: Rafael
  • Punjabi: ਰਾਫਾਈਲ ( Rāphā'īla)
  • Russian: Рафаэль (Rafael')
  • Serbian: Рафаел (Rafael)
  • Slovenian: Rafael
  • Spanish: Rafael
  • Tamil: ரபேல் ( Rapēl)
  • Telugu: రాఫెల్ ( Rāphel)
  • Thai: ราฟาเอล (Rā fā xel)
  • Ukrainian: Рафаель (Rafaelʹ)
  • Urdu: رافیل


  • Raphael (archangel), an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, after whom all or most other uses are named
Given name


Raphaël is a French masculine given name.


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  1. ^ Robert William Rogers, ed., Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament (New York: Eaton & Mains, & Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912), pp. 268-278. Web: http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/ancient/1350lachish.asp