Rafael

Rafael - A very unique male name



  Mar 26,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Rafael, meaning God has healed, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #396. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Rafael and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Rafael? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Rafael. The baby boy name Rafael was given to 1,195 baby boys in 2012, ranking #288 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,373 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Rafael peaked in popularity 32 years ago in 1985 on position 195.



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Rafael is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Rafael is currently topping the baby name charts in California at position #179 - and is the least popular in Missouri at position #793.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Rafael is where you live.


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Rafael origin and meaning

Rafael is a 6 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means God has healed. To see famous people named Rafael, pop culture references for the name Rafael and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Rafael

We've found the following names that sound similar to Rafael, sorted by popularity.

Raphael / Raffaele / Rapheal / Rafeal / Rafal / Ruble / Robel / Refael / Refoel / Robley /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012288
2011275
2010256
2009257
2008238
2007228
2006217
2005231
2004224
2003236
2002229
2001234
2000235
1999230
1998230
1997229
1996217
1995205
1994204
1993213
1992211
1991213
1990201
1989213
1988207
1987209
1986203
1985195
1984204
1983201
1982199
1981206
1980211
1979229
1978218
1977221
1976217
1975215
1974228
1973237
1972234
1971262
1970250
1969257
1968258
1967279
1966296
1965302
1964323
1963337
1962329
1961326
1960333
1959347
1958341
1957383
1956346
1955355
1954344
1953371
1952350
1951400
1950380
1949404
1948404
1947419
1946418
1945435
1944428
1943471
1942474
1941502
1940482
1939471
1938488
1937495
1936471
1935469
1934442
1933432
1932409
1931393
1930378
1929367
1928389
1927412
1926440
1925420
1924442
1923464
1922475
1921496
1920520
1919522
1918607
1917590
1916619
1915620
1914578
1913512
1912516
1911446
1910396

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
California179
Texas185
New York188
Arizona206
Florida208
Massachusetts214
New Jersey219
District of Columbia223
Washington238
Illinois250
Nevada254
Connecticut300
Colorado302
Oregon311
North Carolina321
Nebraska329
New Mexico368
Georgia375
Maryland386
Utah397
South Carolina403
Virginia407
Iowa437
Pennsylvania468
Kansas489
Oklahoma497
Ohio514
Arkansas547
Michigan565
Minnesota598
Indiana667
Alabama689
Tennessee746
Missouri793

Even more about Rafael


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Rafael a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Rafael?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1985
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Rafael
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 1,373
Letter count 6
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +1,195

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