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Word/nameOld Norse, Old English
Meaningcounsel wolf
Other names
Related namesRaul, Raoul, Ralphie, Rudolph

Ralph (pronounced /rælf/ RALF; or, more rarely, /rf/ RAYF,[1]) is an English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Scandinavian, and German masculine given name, derived from the Old Norse Raðulfr (rað "counsel" and ulfr "wolf") through Old English Rædwulf and the longer form Radulf.[2] It is also a surname and often a nickname of Rudolph.

The most common forms are:

Other forms of the name are:

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  1. ^ "AUE: FAQ excerpt: Words whose spelling has influenced their pronunciation". Alt-usage-english.org. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  2. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2008-09-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Raif Rackstraw from H.M.S. Pinafore