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Rafe: WDYT?

We thought we were narrowing it down! But I just can't stop looking! DH mentioned the name Rafe yesterday (pronounded Rayf). Apparently it's a variant of Ralph. DH says he knew someone with this name growing up and always kind of liked it. I can't decide how I feel. Cool? Wierd? Too abrupt sounding? WDYT?

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  • It's just not my style. It doesn't have the right sound for me.
  • Sounds like a nn for Ralph or Raphael, I don't like it as a FN
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  • I like it, but I also like the name Ralph pronounced that way (Like Ralph Finnes). probably not a popular opinion though.
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  • I actually really like it. I have ever since the movie Pearl Harbor came out- that's Ben Affleck's character.
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  • image velvetskyy:
    I like it, but I also like the name Ralph pronounced that way (Like Ralph Finnes). probably not a popular opinion though.

    I kind of agree but, only because I had the biggest crush on him when I was in high school, I thought he was sooo handsome in The English Patient.

    OP, I think Rafe is okay.

     

  • I think it's okay. It could probably be "cool" on the right kid. I could definitely see some people thinking it's kind of "weird" too though.
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  • I've heard it as a nn for Rafael, and I like it that way. I don't like it as a first name on its own. 

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  • not a fan, sorry.
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  • I love Rafe! It reminds me of Pearl Harbor (which...pros and cons). But I like the style of the name. I think it's really interesting and masculine. Go for it!
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  • I thought it was a nn for Raphael as that's how it's used in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (movies and cartoons).

    I think I only like it as a nn, though, and that's just b/c Raphael (the turtle) is Raphael and he's always been my favorite besides Michelangelo. 

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  • Love it. It's very much my style- one syllable, uncommon, non-traditional, but still a real name.
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  • Do not like it as a stand alone name. I love Rafael.


  • Not cool. 
     


  • Hmmm, pretty divided responses. Some love, some hate, and a few "mehs." This kind of reflects how I feel about it, too. I don't know why I keep trying to complicate things by introducing new names into the mix. I just can't settle on this baby's name!
  • I want to like it, but it's approximation to the words, rape and wraith is what's stopping me. Damn word associations. 
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  • For some reason when I saw it I wanted to pronounce it Rah-fee. It could be cool though.  
  • image feffy11:
    It's a nickname. Like naming your kid Bob.

     

    It may be commonly used as a nickname, but is, in fact, a real full name in and of itself. So, no, it's not exactly like naming your kid Bob. 

    From behindthename.com

    GENDER: Masculine
    USAGE: English
    PRONOUNCED: RAYF
    Meaning & History

    Variant of RALPH. This form became common during the 17th century, reflecting the usual pronunciation. 

    AND

     "... In the Middle Ages [Ralph] was usually spelled Ralf, but by the 17th century it was most commonly Rafe, reflecting the normal pronunciation ..." 

     

    ETA: Though I can appreciate that it may SOUND like a nickname, and people who have never heard it used otherwise may think it is. This is one of my hesitations about the name. 

  • I really like it. There's a character from HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan) with this name. I also really like Ralph. But Rafe sounds more British to me. And when it comes to baby names, I love all things British for some reason. 
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  • I don't think I like it as a sibset with your DD's name.... sorry.

  • image BethPSU:
    For some reason when I saw it I wanted to pronounce it Rah-fee. It could be cool though.  

     

    Yeah, I kinda do too. :) That's why I put the pronunciation in there. I would worry that most people would mispronounce it and he would constantly be correcting people. As it is, people almost always mispronounce DD's name, and I actually didn't see that one coming when I gave her the name.

  • I hate to say it, but all I see is rape.

     

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    I hate to say it, but all I see is rape.

     

     

    Haha! Well, that's not good. 

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    I hate to say it, but all I see is rape.

     

    Me, too. Or Rafe the Rapist.  Can't help it, that's just what came to mind.

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    image SnoopyLuv:

    I hate to say it, but all I see is rape.

     

     

    Haha! Well, that's not good. 

    I really do hate to say it because for all intents and purposes I kind of dig the name and I love your DD's name but I think this does set him up for a lifetime of that.

    How about Raphael/Rafael or Raffi?

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    image Mamaofthesea:
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    I hate to say it, but all I see is rape.

     

     

    Haha! Well, that's not good. 

    I really do hate to say it because for all intents and purposes I kind of dig the name and I love your DD's name but I think this does set him up for a lifetime of that.

    How about Raphael/Rafael or Raffi?

    Yeah, I think this kind of reflects my thoughts about the name. I really like it in theory. But I just don't adore the sound of it. It's like a little harsh or something.

    Unfortunately, I don't love Rafael either. I just asked DH about it and he said it reminds him of a male escort! Haha, whatevs! 

     

  • I like it as a nn for Rafael.
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  • I see that I'm possibly in a minority, but I really like it.  The similarity to "rape" probably wouldn't be good though.
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  • It's very soap opera to me. There is a current character on Days and a past character on Y&R with that name. 

    It's ok, just NMS. 

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  • I love it as a nn for Raphael/Rafael.
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  • Sounds like rape to me. Really dislike it, sorry.

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  • I really have strong feelings of hate for this name, sorry. It's pretty awful.
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    I like it due to the excellence that is Ralph Fiennes (as his name is pronounced "Rafe").

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  • image AshDahlia:
    I actually really like it. I have ever since the movie Pearl Harbor came out- that's Ben Affleck's character.

    That's exactly what I tought!  I like it.  I think it's original in a good way.

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  • image velvetskyy:
    I like it, but I also like the name Ralph pronounced that way (Like Ralph Finnes). probably not a popular opinion though.

     

    This.  I like the look of Ralph pronounced Rafe, but I think it would always be an issue.  So, Rafe is on my short list.  

     

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  • image braveangel2:
    I want to like it, but it's approximation to the words, rape and wraith is what's stopping me. Damn word associations. 

    This. exactly. I want to like it. It also reminds me of a rufee. Like when you drug someone. Otherwise I think I could like it.

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  • I've heard the name twice in my life. 

    One was a student and his full name was Rafe.

    The other is a current LSU Baseball player and his name is spelled Raph (it's short for Raphael, I think).  

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  • I've only heard it once, and that was on the movie "Pearl Harbor"

    I don't hate it, but it sounds very "Grease" era to me.

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