Rafael name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rafael mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Rafael

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Philippines, the name Rafael means "The god who heals".
  2. According to a user from Massachusetts, U.S., the name Rafael is of Spanish origin and means "God has healed".
  3. A submission from Texas, U.S. says the name Rafael means "He has healed God" and is of Hebrew origin.
  4. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Rafael is of Hebrew origin and means "God Heals".
  5. 2 people from Spain and the United States agree the name Rafael is of Jewish origin and means "Cure of God".
  6. A submission from Maryland, U.S. says the name Rafael means "God mends" and is of Hebrew origin.
  7. According to a user from Israel, the name Rafael is of Hebrew origin and means "Doctor(raf, rofe, doctor in Hebrew) from the god(el, god in Hebrew), it's mean a doctor from the god, very good and professional doctor".
  8. According to a user from Florida, U.S., the name Rafael means "He who honors".
  9. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Rafael means "A user".
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Notable Persons Named Rafael

Notable Persons Named Rafael

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is a tennis player. Rafael was born on June 3rd, 1986 in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael was born on October 26th, 1984 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rafael Lima

Rafael Lima is a soccer player for the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, Figueirense FC, Ceará Sporting Club, Al-Sharjah SCC, and Esporte Clube Internacional. Rafael was born on March 8th, 1986 in Florianópolis, Brazil. Rafael is also known as Rafael Lima.

Rafael Benítez

Rafael Benítez is a soccer player for the Real Madrid Castilla, AD Parla, and Linares CF. Rafael was born on April 16th, 1960 in Madrid.

Rafael Trujillo

Rafael Trujillo was an office holder. Rafael was born on October 24th, 1891 in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. He passed away on May 30th, 1961.

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart is a soccer player for the Real Betis, AFC Ajax, Hamburger SV, Real Madrid C.F., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Netherlands national under-17 football team, Netherlands national under-19 football team, and Netherlands national under-21 football team. Rafael was born on February 11th, 1983 in Heemskerk, Netherlands.

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    Chairman of the PAIS Alliance
  • Rafael
    Soccer Player
  • Rafael Márquez
    Soccer Player
  • Rafael Bienvenido Cruz
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    Baseball Player
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  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello
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  • Rafael Caldera
    President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of Venezuela
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    Soccer Player
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    Soccer Player
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafael

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafael


Rafael is a soccer player for the Olympique Lyonnais, Fluminense FC, Manchester United F.C., Brazil national under-17 football team, Brazil national under-23 football team, and Brazil national football team. Rafael was born on July 9th, 1990 in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rafael is also known as Da Silva and Rafael.

AJ Rafael

AJ Rafael is a pop, acoustic, rock, and acoustic music musician. He was most active from 2004 to present. AJ was given the name Arthur Joseph Rafael on March 12th, 1989 in Moreno Valley, California, United States.

Sylvia Rafael

Sylvia was born on April 1st, 1937 in Cape Town. She died on February 9th, 2005.

Prince Rafael

Prince was born as the child of Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza and Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza on April 26th, 1986 in Rio de Janeiro.

Nando Rafael

Nando Rafael is a soccer player for the VfL Bochum, Ajax Youth Academy, Jong Ajax, AFC Ajax, Hertha BSC II, Hertha BSC, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Mönchengladbach II, Aarhus Gymnastikforening, FC Augsburg, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Henan Jianye F.C., Germany national under-21 football team, and a. Nando was born on January 10th, 1984 in Luanda, Angola.

Alex Rafael

Alex Rafael is a soccer player for the Ubon UMT United F.C., Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Red Bull Brasil, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto), Thespakusatsu Gunma, Associação Ferroviária de Esportes, and Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dolphin FC. Alex was born on January 1st, 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rafael U.S.
  White 15.48% 64.26%
  African American 2.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 62.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rafael

People with the last name Rafael are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rafael

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  • How Popular is the name Rafael? Rafael is the 762nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rafael was the 9,006th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rafael have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 80,704 babies born with the first name Rafael in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rafael to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rafael? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Rafael first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rafael is Saturday, July 2nd, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Rafael born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rafael was in 2006 with a total of 1,702 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rafael!
  • Random Rafael Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rafael ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 12 babies in Arizona have the same name in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Rafael: The name spelled backwards is Leafar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aeralf. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rafael? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,631 people with the last name Rafael.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rafael? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Rafael as their last name.
  • Rafael name meaning

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