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It's also commonly translated as "God heals".
-- Raphaelus  5/24/2006
Well, I'm a Rafael. It's kind of common here in Latin America. I wish I had a slightly more original name. But it is manly, there are no similar words in Spanish like to make fun of it, perfect length, and I don't know ... it has like an Arabian spark to it. :) I say I'm ok with it.
-- Raphaelus  5/24/2006
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Rafael Nadal (French tennis Open winner)? According to me, he is the most well-known bearer.
-- bean  6/15/2006
Quite a mouthful.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2006
A famous bearer is Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) a British/Italian writer of romance and adventure. His most famous book is 'Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution'.
-- cmalory  12/25/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Rafael here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
-- _satu_  1/17/2008
Pronounced RAH-fah-el in German. [noted -ed]
-- mafiosa  8/6/2009
Also used in Croatia.
-- goricar  12/5/2009
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish tennis player.
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2010
This is also one of the spellings used in Irish. It's not used as a given name, as far as I know, but when referring to the archangel, the name is spelled either Rafael or Raiféal.
-- embryomystic  6/24/2010
Rafael Van der Vaart is a Dutch football player who plays for Tottenham Hotspur.
-- madsta  12/11/2010
Also used in Hungary. [noted -ed]
-- bathos  1/17/2011
I knew a little boy with this name who went by Rafi (RAH-fee). Cute :)
-- Anonymous User  6/15/2013
Rafael Pereira da Silva commonly known as Rafael or Rafael da Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for French club Lyon and the Brazil national team. He normally plays as a right-back, but can also play on the right side of midfield. Footballer Fábio/Fábio da Silva is his twin brother.
-- lilolaf  4/27/2016
Hungarian pronunciation: RAW-faw-el.
-- HerculePoirot  8/26/2016
This is the name of an angel appearing in sixteen episodes of the 1994 TV series 'Touched by an Angel'. He is portrayed by American actor Alexis Cruz.
-- Feorsteorra  12/7/2016
Rafael Guijosa Castillo is a former Spanish handball player, and current manager of Iran national handball team. When playing for the Spanish national team, he won bronze medals both in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
-- cutenose  1/29/2017

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