Rafi name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Rafi

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)
Filipino (Philippines)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from Bangladesh and the United States agree the name Rafi is of Arabic origin and means "High Dignity".
  2. A submission from Australia says the name Rafi means "Noble".
  3. A user from France says the name Rafi means "bravery and smarts".
  4. A user from Canada says the name Rafi is of Arabic origin and means "One who is exalted".
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International Interest
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Borrowed from a Finnic language, compare Finnish rauha.

  1. peace

Notable Persons Named Rafi

Notable Persons Named Rafi

Rafi Gavron

Rafi Gavron is an actor. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Rafi was given the name Raphael Pichey Gavron on June 24th, 1989 in Hendon.


Rafi is a film director and screenwriter. They have had major accomplishments since 1992. Rafi was born in India.

Rafi Ul-Darjat

Rafi Ul-Darjat was royalty. His career lasted from 28 to 1719. Rafi was born as the child of Rafi-ush-Shan on November 30th, 1699. He died on June 13th, 1719.

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai

Rafi was born on February 18th, 1894 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India. He breathed his last breath on October 24th, 1954.

Rafi Khawer

Rafi Khawer is an actor, model (people), and model. Rafi was born Rafi Khawer in Pakistan.

Rafi Reavis

Rafi Reavis is a basketball player for the Star Hotshots, San Juan Knights, Powerade Tigers, and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was most active from 2000 to present. Rafi was born on July 27th, 1977 in New York City.

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  • Rafi Amit
  • Rafi Peretz
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafi

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafi

Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi was an indian classical music, ghazal, playback singer, qawwali, thumri, bhajan, and western culture musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to 1980. Mohammed was born Mohammed Rafi on December 24th, 1924 in Kotla Sultan Singh. He breathed his last breath on July 31st, 1980.


Rafi is a film director and screenwriter. They have had major accomplishments since 1992. Rafi was born in India.

Qazi Syed Mohammad Rafi

Qazi was born in Mewat. He passed away in 1803.

Sami Rafi


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rafi U.S.
  White 27.10% 64.26%
  African American 3.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 60.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.57% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rafi

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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Rafi

  • How Popular is the name Rafi? Rafi is the 15,868th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rafi was the 37,492nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rafi have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551 babies born with the first name Rafi in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rafi to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rafi? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Rafi first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rafi is Wednesday, April 21st, 1897.
  • What year had the most people named Rafi born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rafi was in 2018 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Rafi Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rafi is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Rafi: The name spelled backwards is Ifar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rifa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rafi? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 594 people with the last name Rafi.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rafi? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rafi as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Rafi name meaning

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