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This is my all time favorite name for a boy. It has such a nice sound to it and I like that it is associated with an archangel.
iwant2baurora  1/25/2006
I think it's a pretty cool name for a boy!
Mommy2B  1/26/2006
This name is too similar to Rachel.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2006
I'm guessing that is thrown as an insult or saying it is a feminine looking name. If you ask me I think the name Rachel is a very masculine looking name especially since it ends in el.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2006
This is a very beautiful name.
Smog  3/16/2006
I am planning on naming my son this. It is very handsome, in my opinion. I pronounce it "rah-fie-EL" -- middle syllable rhymes with "lie" or "dye".
SeaHorse15  4/30/2006
I also pronounce it ra-fie-EL - despite what the name's entry says, this is a fairly common way of saying it in English speaking countries (sort of a mish-mash of the first English pronunciation and the French one).
― Anonymous User  9/29/2006
Raphael is the middle name of actor Joaquin Phoenix and Dirty Pretty Things guitarist/singer Carl Barat. It is also the name of a ninja turtle!
Nava  12/15/2006
St. Raphael of Brooklyn is a famous bearer.
Chrysostom  4/17/2007
Hebrew pronunciation is reh-fah-EL. Sadly most Israeli Raphaels shorten their name to "Rafi".
noae  7/6/2007
My brother's name is Raphael (Ra-fee-el, we pronounced it). This is a dangerous choice, because it shortened to "Raph", rhyming with "cough". Mom teased me for barking when I called his name too much. "Ruff, Ruff!"
seventhguest  12/18/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Raphael here:
_satu_  1/17/2008
I'm not saying that my way is right, but I've always pronunced this name as rah-FAY-el. I prefer that pronunciation over any other I've seen listed.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2008
This is my father's name, pronounced "rah-fa-el" with the nickname Rafis. I think it's very handsome and I would like to name my son this :)
Saubey  3/23/2008
I love Raphael. Although I hate the nickname that every Raphael I've met has used: Rafi. Sigh.
ZoeAliza  3/24/2008
I think this is an ugly, hideous name. The sound is simply unpleasant. I've seen this really attractive German guy with this name, but it still sounds like the name of someone ugly and fat to me.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
So you're calling the first name of the second best, soon to be best, tennis player in the world has a horrible hideous name?
I don't think Raphael Nadal agrees, nor his fans!
― Anonymous User  6/29/2008
I agree with the already mentioned pronunciations of rah-FAY-el and ra-FIE-el - where I'm at, the pronunciation would more likely be the former, which is my preferred pronuncation of it, but I've heard the latter before, as well.

Also, in my accent (I'm from LP Michigan) Raph doesn't rhyme with cough - the vowel sounds are definitely different ('ah' like in 'ma' or 'pa' for Raph, 'aw' like in 'raw' for cough).
curiouslystrong  8/12/2008
One of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Raphael wears the red bandana and carries two sai.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2008
Riffael may be a variation of this name.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
My name is Rafael (with an "L" - Brazilian), and I never knew exactly how to pronounce it in English, until now. But it still sounds a little weird. Here we say "ra-fa-EL", vowels pronounced just like written.
RafaelAveiro  7/17/2010
I love this spelling better than "Rafael." This name is soft, but it's cool. I'd name someone this.
VMarie  12/19/2010
Whenever someone mentions this name, I think of a very strong and attractive man who is creative and perspective terrific name!
xxlovedisxx  5/3/2011
All I think of when I hear this is San Raphael. I've heard it pronounced RAH-fie-el and ruh-FEL, the first one by people (mostly young adults/teenagers/kids) who want to pronounce it correctly, and the second by people (always adults) who are too lazy to say three syllables.
Meapergirl  12/12/2011
Raphael (born 1976) is the oldest son of actor Robert De Niro.
CarolinW  7/23/2012
According to the name Raphael is not very common in Greece, but it is used in Lesvos because of Saint Raphael of Lesvos, a 15th century martyr who is venerated in the Orthodox Church.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2012
Actor Robert De Niro has a son named Raphael.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2013
The Pre-Raphaelite paintings are some of my favorites.
ophelia  9/10/2013
Raphael is a handsome, sexy, classy masculine beauty of a name. The nickname Raph is cute. Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an awesome namesake. I love how this is a name of an angel. Other angel names that I would totally recommend are Azrael, Michael & Gabriel. (:
― Anonymous User  3/21/2015
I believe the pronunciation "rah-fie-EL" should also be added as this a common way of saying this name in English speaking countries.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2015
I like that it was the name of an artist and archangel, even though I'm not religious. It seems really refined and cultured. My grandfather was Rafael, from Poland. The name also worked well for him when he moved to Cuba, as it's popular in Latin America. He was never called by a nickname, but I actually like Rafi or Raffey.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2015
I've always liked Raphael (pronounced rah feye el) because I've always associated it with strength (probably a result of the archangel with the same name (I'm not Christian though) but still retains a softer sound than other names that are 'strong' sounding.
Evenly_Evelyn  10/17/2015
The angel Raphael is called "Israfil" in Islam. It is written as "إسرافيل" in Arabic and is pronounced "is-RA-feel".
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
I also pronounce this 'ra-FAI-el'

'ra' in rap, 'fai' in file, 'el' in bell.
If someone said 'ra-feh-el' ('feh' rhymes with 'day') or 'ra-fa-el' ('fa' rhymes with 'pa') I would consider these correct as well.

I'm really surprised it wasn't listed under pronunciations.
icyreality  11/8/2015
It's a good name. I do like the name so, so much and it's my name and my friends are calling me Raphaeldo. It's the best name that I know about.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2016
This is a really cool name. Something about the way it is spelled makes it sound so fresh and unique! I prefer this to Rafael.
Kitandkat  3/27/2018

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