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My grandfather was named Ralph. And, because he passed away a few months before I was born, my mom wanted to name me after him. Though my grandmother convinced her not to.
swordsmanoffire  12/13/2005
Fasion designer Ralph Lauren. Although Ralph, just to me, sounds like something you would name a dog but not a child.
Emma2323  12/13/2005
Jackie Gleason was famous for playing Ralph Kramden on the old T.V. show "The Honeymooners." Also, John Goodman played a man reluctantly crowned King of England in the movie "King Ralph."
breakofday  12/16/2005
Actor Ralph Fiennes is a famous bearer, and one who pronounces it RAYF.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2005
The MOST famous bearer of this name was Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American author, poet, and philosopher. He wrote of Transcendentalism, loved nature and inspired many people to become non-conformist.
Dogmaster  4/21/2006
Ralph Wiggum, from The Simpsons series.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2006
Ralph (pronounced Rafe) Vaughan Williams is a famous English composer.
Beornhild  10/11/2006
Gonzo illustrator, Ralph Steadman is a famous bearer.
Hailey2006  11/26/2006
'Ralph S. Mouse' comes to mind.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2006
There's a character named Ralph Lanyon in the book The Charioteer by Mary Renault. He's a love interest of Laurie (Laurence), the hero.
Marauder  12/7/2006
Ralph is the name of the main character in William Golding's novel "The Lord of the Flies".
black_lace  1/15/2007
I had always believed my mother when she said she named my older brother Ralph for her father, and my younger brother Chuck for our next door neighbor, who saved her life. Then I got pregnant and discovered the REAL reason why she did it.
ewhitley  2/15/2007
I can't believe no one has mentioned Ralph Maccio. He played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders movie.
YMPvt  3/11/2007
Ralph Macchio is the actor who stars in THE KARATE KID movies.
walkinghome  4/15/2007
I like this name. I think it would be great on a little boy. I can’t believe nobody has mentioned the great actor Ralph Richardson, he was an eccentric, and whenever I see him in a film he always makes me laugh. Because of this I think of the name belonging to a bright eyed little boy who is full of energy and is loved by everyone.
littlescarlett  5/22/2007
I don't much like the usual American pronunciation of this name, but the British version ('RAYF') is okay.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2007
I love this name pronounced the traditional British way [RAYF]. The [RALF] pronunciation sounds like a little yappy dog barking.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2007
Sir Ralph Richardson, British actor. Though he was British, I believe he used the "American" pronunciation. (At least, I have heard Britishers pronounce his name this way.)
Kosta  7/11/2007
A famous bearer is Ashkenanzi Jewish fashion designer Ralph Lifshitz (Lauren), who was born at 14 October 1939, New York, NY.
Maggie_Simpson  7/25/2007
I really dislike the pronunciation "ralf" but I love the "rayf" pronunciation. Ralph is one of my favorite names.
pandasayscynical  11/27/2007
The British pronunciation "rayf" is one of my favorite names but I'm not a fan of "ralf". It reminds me of people throwing up because of the slang term. All my friends think "rayf" sounds too much like rape but I still think it's an awesome name.
pandasayscynical  12/7/2007
I'm not sure where people are getting the 'Britishest' way of pronouncing Ralf 'Rayf'. The majority of my fellow brits would pronounce this name the same as Americans, unless they are amazingly pretentious.

I love the name Ralf but although I love Ralf Wiggum I'm not sure he's the type of person I would want someone to think of when they heard my child's name.
Nava  1/2/2008
This name reminds me of an old man. I think this name should be used for middle names only.
jasmineenimsaj  2/15/2008
I absolutely loathe this name. It's ugly, and it always makes me envision a fat, hairy, balding, sleazy middle-aged man. It also reminds me of the dimwitted kid on the Simpsons.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
Sir Ralph was Gisburne's rival and my personal favorite character in Robin of Sherwood.
yohevid  8/3/2008
Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz on 14th October, 1939) is an Russian-American fashion designer and business executive.
Emilie007  11/14/2008
Should be pronounced the traditional English RAY f. Not the dog vomiting RAL f. It's Americanised and modern. It's also a shame RAY f is labeled pretentious and that many British use the damned awful RAL f now. *retches* I'd take pretentious (and better sounding) over vomiting any time.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2008
I like Ralph pronounced RALF. It probably has a lot to do with "A Christmas Story", but I think it sounds cool. I like Ralphie too.
silly_rabbit  12/25/2008
Hip-to-be-square families who name their daughters Mabel or Agnes should consider reviving Ralph for their sons.

I like either pronunciation, but if you like the sound of "Rafe," why not spell it that way?
gbcallahan  7/2/2009
I named my chiweenie after Jackie Gleason on the Honeymooners, the Karate Kid movies, & Lord of the Flies. But most importantly, after the main character in A Christmas Story. "Ralphie" is a cute variation of "Ralph" I think.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2009
Ralph Waldo Ellison, author of "Invisible Man."
MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/17/2010
Ralph Nader is a famous political activist. He ran for president many times, including the most recent election (2008).
bananarama  1/18/2010
Ralph Vaughan-Williams, one of the greatest English composers.
Anton  3/7/2010
Ralph Malph, played by Don Most, was a friend of Richie and Potsie in 'Happy Days'.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
I like this name, but it makes me think of the hilarious Ralph Wiggum. I don't get why people insist on the non-intuitive RAYF pronunciation. RALF may not be as "British", but it makes more sense than RAYF (which sounds like it should be short for Raphael).
bananarama  8/25/2010
This is my dog's name. Apparently my parents always joked about naming a kid Ralph because of the slang meaning. So our dog ended up with the name instead. I really can't think of it as a human name anymore... the closest thing that sounds human to me is Rolf. Either way I like the "Ralph" pronunciation best. "Rafe" sounds odd.
Aurora Lynn  9/8/2010
The name's alright. I don't get how you can pronounce it like "rafe" though.
Chrila96  1/2/2011
Ralph has become a common name in Germany, both written Ralph and Ralf, yet I've never read Rahlf.

Radulfr, I agree, sounds awesome, yet I wouldn't do it to a child.
germanhulk  5/17/2011
I would not recommend the "rayf" pronunciation, it sounds snobbish and will get mispronounced often, also it sounds like the word rape.
FlakyMatt  7/14/2011
It sounds sloppy. Also, it reminds me of a dog.. :/
― Anonymous User  2/6/2012
An Old English name I think?

It should be quite a nice name, perhaps implying a sense of history & class. However it seems to get a bashing in popular culture for some reason.
rlyeoman  7/2/2012
I know I'm not the only person who will never see this name the same way again after reading Judy Blume's famous book Forever. For those who don't know, the boyfriend in the book names his male member Ralph, and he and his girlfriend take this totally seriously and often refer to it by "name." Ugh.
Anyechka  9/12/2012
Ralph de Bricassart was a character in the novel "The Thorn Birds".
Eretria  11/18/2012
The name Ralph was given to 178 baby boys born in the US in 2012. I think it sounds cute on a little boy, especially with the nickname Ralphie :)
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Great name. Not one that I would give to my kid, though, mostly because I've watched The Simpsons for many years. However, the first thing that pops into my mind is the chauffeur from Saving Mr. Banks (2013). I don't know why everyone keeps forcing that ugly pronunciation Rafe (no offense to Mr. Fiennes).
― Anonymous User  2/16/2014
Ralph a.k. a "Wreck-It Ralph" is the protagonist of the Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2014
The British pronunciations of "Ralph" are curious in that either "Rafe" or "Ralph" (pronounced Rowlf) are used interchangably, apparently according to personal preference. In an excellent UK mystery series called "Charmer," one woman referred to the ladykiller character Ralph as "Rowlf," while another woman called him "Rafe." No explanation as to why the difference. One of those British eccentricities... no offense, please, I LOVE British eccentricities!
I have NEVER heard the name Ralph pronounced Rafe in the U.S. - and would say few Americans had ever heard the Rafe pronunciation before actor Ralph Feinnes became prominent. I tend to agree that if one prefers the Rafe pronunciation, why not spell it that way?
JeffHanna  7/17/2014
Ralph Wolf, a character in Looney Tunes.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
I think that it behooves people to realize that the true origin of this name is pre-Renaissance Germanic, hence the original spelling of RALF, an abbreviation of RADULF. This would make the spelling with "ph", which is post-Renaissance, the variant. The name has a simple yet purposeful sound to it; as well as having an interesting root meaning. As for that... ref. Username and switch the two components.
WolfCounsel  1/8/2015
I think this a great name that deserves a comeback!
LV51sfan91  5/9/2015
My dad's name! :) I think it's quite nice and deserves a comeback. We're British (he's Scottish) but we pronounce it Ralf.
2angelgoats  6/8/2015
It's ready for a comeback. I totally agree.
lilpimpteller  6/17/2015
I honestly think this name sounds kind of funny. Something about saying it just makes me want to laugh, and I unfortunately probably wouldn't be able to take a man seriously if his name was Ralph. Other than this, I associate the name with the character from Lord of the Flies, and seeing as that is quite a grim, scary book, I don't feel the association is very positive. I don't hate the name, I just have a tendency to either laugh or cringe at it.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
The name Ralph was given to 182 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
Ralph Payne aka The Arrow, comic book character originally appearing in Centaur Publications in 1938, notable for being the first American superhero to rely on archery as a primary gimmick.
Feorsteorra  12/4/2016
Ralph Simpson, a retired American basketball player who played professionally in the NBA and ABA from 1970 to 1980.
EliEsco  1/29/2017
The name Ralph was given to 204 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Ralph are male.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre.
cutenose  6/13/2017

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