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Meaning: Variant of Randolph

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

A few facts about the boy's name Ralph:

  • Records indicate that 410,911 boys in the United States have been named Ralph since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 8,856 people in the U.S. were given the name Ralph. Those people are now 99 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ralph

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      21 Positive Comments

  • "Am ralph 4rm s.a this is very cool name i've ever had,sweets name 4rm sweets parents" Mar. 10, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are in the UK and just named our new baby son Ralph. I wasn't sure to begin with and took some convincing! He's such a cool little guy though and it really suits him. Everyone that's hears his name seems to like it. Thumbs up for RALPH!!!" Aug. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Ralph he's aged 16 and goes to a large South London school where he's never had any problems with the name and he's the only one so he gets remembered. When he was small there was a cartoon called Rotten Ralph and some kids used to call him this but outside of that no problems, it's different and makes him stand out." Aug. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ralph or Ralphie to my closest friends.My mom and dad named me after a deceased loved on who was particularly good.I never realized the virtuous importance of the name till recently.My mom said it was the first name of God the one and only creator.I only wish i could live up to the name.Then again why not exceed the name? lol" May. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ralph and it's not that popular this day & age.Ralph or Ralphie is a rare name.People consider it the best name in the world.L" Mar. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My eldest son is called Ralph, I love the name, he also likes it, he's 26 now. we live in the Uk so I was unaware of the barf connotation. At school it was great, because he was the only one, which made him feel special, as opposed to being called a common name." Mar. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ralph and Anton are my favorite guys' names! They're bomb. :-)" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is Ralph; it's not a popular this day & age. Personally, I like it and think it's unique. You have to have a strong personality and great sense of humor to pull the name off :).... I've even considered naming my future son "Ralph" in honor of my dad and with the hopes of some of his great qualities wearing off. Now the only task is convincing my husband-lol!" Jul. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It works...I dont really know what other name I would have grandmother picked it.....My birthday is on Halloween...So I got other more pressing issues than my!You get what God gives you I guess : )..Its easier to pronounce than my last all the kids at my church just call me "Mr.Ralph"." Nov. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in 44, I grew up the only Ralph I knew. Named after my father, who died in the Pacific before I was born, and who was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson. The first other Ralph I heard of was Senator Ralph Yarborough, from my home state of Texas. That helped. I got made fun of a little as a child, probably because the other kids had never heard the name before, and later went through the whole 'Ralphie' and 'vomit' stuff without getting too bent out of shape. I was never aware until now of the traditional pronunciation as 'Rafe,' and I really like it - could I convince everyone I know that 'Rafe' is the correct pronunciation of my name? Highly doubtful, since no one in my family ever seemed to know about it. I actually prefer the Spanish nickname 'Rafa,' for 'Rafael,' and introduce myself that way when I am speaking Spanish or Portuguese." Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Ralph, pronounced Rafe, we as a family adore the name. It has caused some confusion with people regarding its spelling and pronunciation. It doesn't matter how many times I explain they still get it wrong, as long as his family and friends know then what does it matter. He is a handsome boy with a unique name and he'll pull it off." Dec. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. I am the 4th Ralph. My great Grandfather, Grandfather, Father and Myself are all named Ralph. I haven't really known any of them though, so I'm not sure if I'm all that attached to passing on the legacy, when I could start a fresh one. I like the name now, but when I was in school, I paid a price for having a unique name. I started a job and some lady asked me what my name was. I told her, and she says "oh, I thought they were messing with me... your name really is Ralph" as if it was something interesting." Sep. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi this is my name from an uncle who died fighting a war for the usa. Its an honor , also, the name ralph originated back in the days of gengis khan, he was a hero and a protector his name stood for shield of the wolf .." Jul. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Ralph in the UK and have always liked the name. I was never aware of the slang meaning. The worst I had in terms of mocking was growing up in Cyprus, when one or two kids would say it as though it were a dog's bark. But they had trouble pronouncing and spelling it anyway, as it's such a non-Greek sounding name." Jul. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dog is called Ralph and I like him greatly so I was just searching the net to find out what his name meant when I came across this site. It quite interesting but I think you need to have what this name means on here. Ralph means: Wolf Counselor. OK Thanks! Sincerely, Someone" Dec. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my husband's name and my brother-in-law's name. My husband is named for his grandfather and my brother-in-law has a nephew named for him. I think it is a strong masculine name that everyone knows and knows how to spell. There are actors, politicians, poets, presidents, cartoons, movie characters, tv characters, comedians, musicians named Ralph. About 15 years ago it was slang for vomit, but I think this has faded. It's simple and easy to say. And because of it's decline in popularity, it is somewhat unique in young people." Sep. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is ralph, true enough, he is a very wise guy!!!" Jul. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ralph, Ralph is my name too. I'm happy with it. The thing is that I live in Brazil, here people pronounce it in an acceptable way, but they spell it very very bad. Anyway, I like my name... :-)" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it pronounced 'Rafe' like Ralph Vaughan Williams." Jun. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Ralph too - it's good, as it is unusal in the UK, so you're never a 'Big' Mike or a 'Fat' Dave etc. Just 'Ralph'. Shame about the vomit slang, but hey, you can't have enerything." Aug. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ralph is my name. In my experience most people have had no trouble spelling it correctly. Nor have I met many, if any, people who could not pronounce it easily. In general, though, I've found my name to be a popular object of riducule, in light of the numerous references to ridiculous television characters (sharing my name) of days past. But I like my name. =)" Jul. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Ralph and I don't like it although I'd never change it. The main reason I don't like it is because of all the jokes I heard growing up. First it was Ralph from the Alki-seltzer commercial, then Ralph Malph, than Ralphie from Christmas story, not to mention Ralph meaning barf. I've heard it all. Once when introducing myself someone asked me "No what's your name really?". Also, one time someone said - "That was so gross I almosted Ralphed ... Oh my gosh I'm sorry I forgot your name was Ralph!!" My name has given me a pretty thick skin though and also a self-depricating sense of humor. Anyway, unless you want your kid ridiculed in school, please avoid this name." Aug. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate my name, sorry but i do... Ive heard them all, "did you know ralph means vomit" -- no d*** ive never heard that one before, but thanks for mentioning it to me. Ive gotten the "ralphie your gonna put your eye out with that" --- thanks D**k no one has ever said that to me ever!!! your the first, coolest person to have ever brought my name in reference to the christmas story character. and my full name is raphael, so when people see me write it or state it what do you think they say --- oh hows donatello, and leonardo... --- thanks d**k never heard that one either, you are so freekin original! I hate the name ralph, girls think its ugly, and guys think its funny --- People get so surprised to hear you introduce yourself as ralph its like they never heard the name before --- if i ever moved away and started a new life the first thing i would do is change my name. the end" Dec. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "TV ads and sitcoms always seem to think it is a funny name for pathetic losers or dogs and puppets. Not very original but very, very irratating. Some jerks like to call me Ralphie or do the barf sound when saying it." Nov. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "I was named after my grandfather. The third Ralph to be exact. Everyone called me by my shortened middle name Larry. My grandfather was the only person to call me Ralph, and even though he's gone, I can still hear his voice. He made me feel special, like it was our members only club. Good times" Aug. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey Ralph here, The only problem has been meeting women. When ever i say my name when asked i always get a laugh and "what's your real name" Oh, plus my mum always said she wanted a little boy but got a Ralph." Sep. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • " me, never forget my name...unique in a very strange way, connetations of middle class respectability, and via the entertainment industry now usually means geeky, dark, homosexual, me its just a Anglo Saxon version of Wolf..(wise wolf).....and its Ralph, as in ralph malph, not Rolf as in Rolf Harris, and most definately not it is spelt. Name your son with a hint of uniqueness" Aug. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Ralph and I DO NOT like it,,,for all the reasons above in this thread,,,, just the pronounciation of it difficult for people to get it right, which requires at least 2 efforts to get it,,,,,but I made sure non of my kids were given it,,,cheers Ralph" Jun. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ralph and to be honest, I love it. I think it works well with my confident personality and I've never really had any nick names as people just know me as Ralph or Ralphy. I sometimes introduce myself as Ralphy now, almost subconsciously as I get called it alot. Yea sure there is the odd Bozo in the media called Ralph but I think the subtle coolness of the name outshines that completely. Just think, Ralph Lauren is one of the coolest, most successful guys in the fashion industry! Also, I'd like to call a son Ralph if I ever have one!" Feb. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too am a Ralph, and growing up in the 60's & 70's I got all the jokes. "Hey, Ralphie Boy" (an imitation of Art Carney in the Honeymooners), Ralph Malph, I had a HS teacher (and a college frat brother) call me Ralphie Baby. Got the vomit thing, and the thing where you bark it like a dog. I've had people tell me their dog or cat was named Ralph. Very hard to be taken seriously with this name, so I've developed a good sense of humor. Actually my first name is James--a very good name I think--but my father went by that and called me by our middle name (I'm a Jr.). I always wondered how my life might have been different if I were known as James." Feb. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was a bit of a pain actually. It seems a lot of Ralphs in the media are animals, weirdo's or losers. No idea why I was called Ralph. But although I really don't like it, I would never change it, as thats my name. Thats a Ralph for you!!!" Dec. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im the 3rd Ralph in my family and was called Rafe or Ralphie sometimes as a kid.Growing up the show Happy Days was on and Ralph Malph really made having the name hard. Till this day I still get called Ralphie by people close to me,but what can you do." Sep. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Though popular a century ago, I think the TV show 'The Honeymooners' with Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramden and Art Carney and Joyce Randolph as Ed and Trixie Norton may have had something to do with the name Ralph's decrease in popularity in recent times. It didn't, however, stop the parents of British actor Ralph Fiennes naming their own son Ralph in 1962. Though Fiennes pronounces his name in the old-fashioned British way as 'Rafe' (as also shown in the UK composer Ralph Vaughan Williams), I think that most people of today pronounce it as written." May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Being named Ralph has its advantages. I am usually the only Ralph in an organization so there is no confusion when I answer the phone by saying only "Hello, this is Ralph". People in the neighborhood have a dog named Ralph. I take no offense as he is a cool dog." Apr. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Ralph, as well as my brother-in-law. They are 46 and 56. I think, despite the connection to vomit slang, it is a strong masculine name that has endured so long that there are politicians, actors, writers, poets, cartoons, and other famous people to look up to with the name. I think it would be a great name to bring back, and I am in fact trying to feminize it without straying to far from it for our next baby." Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ralph and I quite like it. However I am a pretty substantial guy and people who abuse it generally don't do it again. I would hate to have the name if I could not look after myself though. Especially during the school years." Nov. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "some people spell my name this way: ralf, or go to the extreme and say walphie. i have learned to put up with it & laugh with them. its better than getting angry & saying something you may regret." Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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