Ralph

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

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/.
  • Raife, 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
  • 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 and Italian languages
  • Raül, the traditional variant form in the Catalan language
  • Rádhulbh, the traditional variant form in the Irish language
  • Ralf, Rudolf, Rudi, the traditional variant forms in the Polish language

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References[edit]

  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.  Raif Rackstraw from H.M.S. Pinafore