Ralph name meaning

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

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Origin and Meaning of Ralph

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Ghana, the name Ralph is of English origin and means "Wolf council".
  2. According to a user from Switzerland, the name Ralph is of German origin and means "Short Form of 'Radulf', which is a combination of 'Radt' (council) and 'Wulf' (wolf)".
  3. A user from California, U.S. says the name Ralph means "FireWolf".
  4. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Ralph means "Leader of wolves (roughly)" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ralph
A name sometimes given to the raven.

From Middle English Radulf, from Old English Rǣdwulf (also as Raulf), from Proto-Germanic *Rēdawulfaz. Reinforced by similar forms brought to England, e.g. Old Norse Ráðúlfr, then in the Norman form Old French Radulf, Radulph. For the sense relating to vomiting, see ralph.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. (slang) Fictional person used in references to vomiting.
    He's outside calling [i.e. vomiting].

Ralph was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Ralph

Notable Persons Named Ralph

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes is an actor, director, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1985. Ralph was given the name Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes by his parents Mark Fiennes and Jennifer Lash on December 22nd, 1962 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a philosopher. Ralph was born on May 25th, 1803. He left this life on April 27th, 1882.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is an office holder. His military service ended in 1959. Ralph was born on February 27th, 1934 in Winsted, Connecticut, U.S.

Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to present. Ralph was given the name Ralph George Macchio, Jr. on November 4th, 1961 in Huntington, New York, U.S.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph was given the name Ralph Lifshitz on October 14th, 1939 in The Bronx, New York, United States.

Ralph Tresvant

Ralph Tresvant is a contemporary r&b and new jack swing singing, actor, and record producer. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Ralph was given the name Ralph Edward Tresvant, Jr. on May 16th, 1968. Ralph is also known as Rizz.

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    Soccer Player

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ralph

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ralph

Jason Ralph

Jason Ralph is an actor and stage actor. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Jason was born on April 7th, 1986 in McKinney, Texas.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph is an actor, singing, activism, actress, singer, and activist. Her career lasted from 1977 to 1977. Sheryl was born on December 30th, 1956 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Anselmo Ralph

Anselmo Ralph is a rhythm, blues, and kizomba musician. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Anselmo was given the name Anselmo Cordeiro da Mata on March 12th, 1981 in Luanda, Angola. Anselmo is also known as Cordeiro and Anselmo Ralph Andrade.

Shea Ralph

Her career lasted from 1996 to 2001. Shea was born on March 12th, 1978.

J. Ralph

J. Ralph is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1997.

Jessie Ralph

Jessie Ralph was an actress. She was most active from 1880 to 1941. Jessie was given the name Jessie Ralph Chambers on November 5th, 1864 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S. She left this life on May 30th, 1944.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ralph U.S.
  White 82.41% 64.26%
  African American 12.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.56% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.64% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ralph

People with the last name Ralph are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ralph

  • What name lists does Ralph rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ralph? Ralph is the 166th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ralph was the 4,358th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ralph have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 414,708 babies born with the first name Ralph in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ralph to occupy the territory of Martinique (France) with an estimated population of 408,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ralph? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 317 new born babies.
  • When was Ralph first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ralph is Wednesday, November 16th, 1859.
  • What year had the most people named Ralph born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ralph was in 1921 with a total of 8,860 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ralph!
  • Random Ralph Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ralph ranks 85th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 37 babies in Louisiana have the same name in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Ralph: The name spelled backwards is Hplar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lparh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ralph? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,153 people with the last name Ralph.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ralph? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Ralph as their last name.
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