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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Rafe
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Rafe in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Rafe:
Records indicate that 6 boys in the United States have been named Rafe since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1880, when 6 people in the U.S. were given the name Rafe. Those people are now 137 years old.
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Comments about the name Rafe
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11 Positive Comments
"Quality name coming from a proud bearer of the name. Wouldn't have any other name" Aug. 31, 2017:
"We named our second son Raife, when he was little we use to call him " Tiny Raife" because he was so small, then he graduated to Raifey, and now its Raife , he's 12. We too wanted a name that was not common, but find people have a hard time saying it." Nov. 17, 2015:
"We named our now 6-month-old son Rafe. I wanted something I haven't heard a million times already. I affectionately call him Rafey (ray-fee). We really have to enunciate when someone asks his name and people have quite often thought I said race or something and is constantly mispronounced. Still love the name though for its meaning and individuality." Mar. 9, 2015:
"Rafe is a very uncommon name but i love my name even though it in often mispronounced" Jul. 25, 2013:
"Loved the name Rafe ever since the movie Pearl Harbor. We wanted something unique for our new Rotweiller puppy, so pretty sure the whole family is in agreement for Rafe." Jul. 17, 2013:
"We named our little boy Raife, the only boys name either of us like, he sometimes gets Raifee from family members but hopefully as he grows older they'll stop doing that. We thought it an unsusual name but since he was born met two people with the same name typical." Dec. 27, 2012:
"My son's name is Raif. It's a name my husband and I both fell in love with. We like unique names, but they must follow the phonics rules. We didn't want our child's name mispronounced all the time. One night, when I was pregnant, and we had yet to agree on a boy name, we were watching Pearl Harbor. You don't hear it often in the movie, but Ben Affleck's charcter's name in Rafe. Since that night we agreed that's the name we love! We liked it spelled Raif. Same name. Different spelling. People do not have problems with pronunciation. His name always stops people in mid-sentence when they ask his name or if I call for him, followed by: I love that name! I've never heard it before. Where'd you come up with that?
Then, I tell the story how... :) I love my little Raif. Also, the meaning I found of the name is- tough, strong, manly." Dec. 1, 2012:
"My husband is named Rafe. His name is often mispronounced just like many of the others mentioned. The one that stands out is "Race". He has often had it misspelled. His favorite was on a valentine in 5th grade: Rayphe. He was also named after a great uncle. He has only met one other, a young boy, while visiting in NYC. We live in Indiana. He is very proud of the name." Aug. 24, 2011:
"I have a friend called Raife but he's the only one I've heard of here (UK)." Feb. 6, 2011:
"My name is Rafe. I often get people on the phone who struggle to pronounce it even when it's sitting on a piece of paper or screen right in front of them. Common mispronunciations I've heard are 'Raff' or 'Raffy', or sometimes 'Rafey'. I was named after one of my great uncles and have never encountered anyone else with the name though I've heard there are some writers and actors with it here and there." Sep. 5, 2008:
"my father is named Raif, an alternate spelling,
though most of his life it was spelled 'Rafe'.
Sometimes people glance over the name and
just think of a more common name like
Ralph. So sometimes he gets called by other names. not often.
I have never met anyone else with the name other than my brother, who was named
after my father." Aug. 12, 2008:
5 Neutral Comments
"My son's name is Rafe and I love it. I wanted something different for him. His name is always getting mispronounced people will say Rafey or Ray. They also think his name is also Raphael but nope it's just Rafe." Dec. 31, 2016:
"I love the name Rafe, I named my son that instead of Raphael because it sounds more modern. So far it has been mispronounced as Rah-fee, but only once. I get lot of compliments on the name." Jan. 15, 2011:
"I was born with the name. Spelled Raif instead of Rafe. I think I was told because it was raining the day of my birth...
Rain/Raif Get it?
I've NEVER met anyone else with the name." Sep. 15, 2010:
"i love my name. its unique and it fits my personality... does get mispronounced quite a bit... but i understand not a very common name at all" Jan. 24, 2010:
"We live in South Africa and it is often the first time people have herad his name so we often get people pronouncing it either Rave or Rafı (Rafay).
Correct way to say it is like safe with an R.
Have heard of Americans with the name but never anyone else here in South Africa" Jul. 16, 2008:
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