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Raoul

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Raoul

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Raoul in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Raoul:

  • Records indicate that 248 boys in the United States have been named Raoul since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1928, when 53 people in the U.S. were given the name Raoul. Those people are now 90 years old.

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    Comments about the name Raoul

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      9 Positive Comments

  • "My son was born in Ireland and after looking a lot for name that fits his personality we named him Raoul (3 months after he was born). He has always been happy with his name and the way we chose it. He currently lives in the US Midwest." Nov. 26, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's grandfather was named Raoul, he was born in Lyon, France. First name officially was Francis. Knowing that the Mexicans say RaOOL, I pronounced his name like that. I was corrected by his wife who said "no, it's ROWL." Interesting to see everyone's comments here!" Oct. 28, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have only met two others with my name of Raoul, most prononce it correctly, my family come from Mexico, with spanish influence. Love my name." Oct. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Raoul. My father's name was Raoul. His grandparents were all born in France. YES! The name is very French. There is a version of this name in each of the European languages. In English, it is Ralph. In German it is Rolf. The original meaning was simple, "Wolf". The spelling became a bit confused on the islands of the Caribbean. Raoul is the French spelling. Raul is the Spanish spelling. But, sometimes the spellings are mixed." May. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name isn't that common, so most of the time people spell it wrong or pronounce it wrong but I got used to it after awhile. I do get compliments. It's something different and unique these days." Apr. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm from Europe, the Netherlands. Raoul is not a common name there either. My father was given that name (although he was spoken to as "Roel"), therefore my son's second name is Raoul as well. I think it's French by origin. Jewish people also carrie the name I found out. Also populair in Hungary? Very rare here as well. Don't know why my very Dutch grandmother gave this excotic name to my father . Wartime. Grandfather deported to work in Germay. Maybe she met someone? Family-speculations...Can't ask anymore." Aug. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my son Raoul. We're Indian so he keeps getting called RaHul. It's not RA'oul either but Ra'OOL. I love the name, love the boy but not so much the literal meaning so I've taken some poetic license... I tell him it means 'wise' and 'strong' :)" Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name its different and uncommon which i think is the way to go!" May. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People mispell and say my name wrong alot, and they get it confused with someone that has a muslim backround. Even though I'm a plain white canadian :)" Aug. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I think it sounds a bit to rough and I'm always hearing people pronounce it incorrectly." May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "Imy name is Ralli but it comes from Normands Raoul they went to Byzantium early 10th centuryou." Mar. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Raoul! Raoul and Michael have always been my favorite names, but Raoul is far less common where I live, so it's easily become my favorite. I've always heard it pronounced either ra-OOL or ra-HUL, though. I only just learned some people pronounce it "rowl". Guess there's always more to learn! ;)" Jul. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Raoul is a great name, certainly French and Swedish in nature. Raoul Walenberg, Raoul Walsh, and Raoul Andre,to mention a few. The problem is the other spelling RAUL (Ral) in English and (Raowl)with the o vowel for Raoul. Be correct in your English pronunciation and spelling should you care to be accurate with the name RAOUL..." May. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother named my father Raoul after she saw a French film but mispelled it on the birth certificate...Raeul. I became Raeul Jr. Most people have no idea how to pronounce it...not sure I do either. I tell people it sounds like Paul but with an R." May. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sons name is raul as well as his dads and quite a few of his cousins. they are of the hispanic culture we all have a name the families stick with and ours seem to be raul and jose" Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name ia Raul, I am of spanish descent. I love my name and am about to name my first child Raul. I am named after my father so this is very important to me. I have seen it spelled a couple of ways, Raul, Raoul and Rawl. Either way I dig my name...." Feb. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend who name is raoul and i thing it's a nice name, some time poeple mis- pronouncing it but is ok with me as long i like the name." Aug. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my son Raoul. We're Indian so he keeps getting called RaHul. It's not RA'oul either but Ra'OOL. I love the name, love the boy but not so much the literal meaning so I've taken some poetic license... I tell him it means 'wise' and 'strong' :)" Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name is pronounced ra-ool, two syllables, also written raul with an acute accent on the 'u'.Name prevalent in spanish speaking countries. possible origin moorish descent.a very sensous sounding name." Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name is pronounced ra-ool, two syllables, also written raul with an acute accent on the 'u'.Name prevalent in spanish speaking countries. possible origin moorish descent.a very sensous sounding name." Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my son raoul but people always pronounce it wrong and spell it wrong" Nov. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well...my name is Raoul...im MUSLIM..i joke...im indian..gurls love my name...they think its sexy lol...i kno a gurl that jumps up and down singing my name...its a cool name" Nov. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree - alot of mispellings and mis- pronunciations!But generally people have said that it is a pleasant name..." Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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