Rafael

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77k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rafael

"Rafael" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "God has Healed". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Notable Persons Named Rafael

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Rafael in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 0 7
1881 9 0 9
1882 6 0 6
1883 7 0 7
1884 5 0 5
1885 6 0 6
1887 8 0 8
1888 9 0 9
1889 8 0 8
1890 9 0 9
1891 6 0 6
1892 7 0 7
1893 6 0 6
1894 8 0 8
1895 11 0 11
1896 7 0 7
1897 12 0 12
1898 8 0 8
1899 10 0 10
1900 12 0 12
1901 16 0 16
1902 10 0 10
1903 13 0 13
1904 22 0 22
1905 17 0 17
1906 21 0 21
1907 18 0 18
1908 22 0 22
1909 21 0 21
1910 29 0 29
1911 25 0 25
1912 42 0 42
1913 51 0 51
1914 57 0 57
1915 67 0 67
1916 73 0 73
1917 76 0 76
1918 80 0 80
1919 108 0 108
1920 124 0 124
1921 139 0 139
1922 146 0 146
1923 155 6 149
1924 174 0 174
1925 178 0 178
1926 166 0 166
1927 206 5 201
1928 215 0 215
1929 216 6 210
1930 214 0 214
1931 189 0 189
1932 175 7 168
1933 129 0 129
1934 132 0 132
1935 124 0 124
1936 123 6 117
1937 106 0 106
1938 111 0 111
1939 116 5 111
1940 119 0 119
1941 119 0 119
1942 148 0 148
1943 140 0 140
1944 177 0 177
1945 171 0 171
1946 198 0 198
1947 237 0 237
1948 266 0 266
1949 258 0 258
1950 300 0 300
1951 274 0 274
1952 366 0 366
1953 330 0 330
1954 425 5 420
1955 421 5 416
1956 445 0 445
1957 395 5 390
1958 507 6 501
1959 505 0 505
1960 543 0 543
1961 589 11 578
1962 573 6 567
1963 544 11 533
1964 579 0 579
1965 624 9 615
1966 629 8 621
1967 671 0 671
1968 768 0 768
1969 826 6 820
1970 955 9 946
1971 884 19 865
1972 940 12 928
1973 915 11 904
1974 935 8 927
1975 998 10 988
1976 986 11 975
1977 1,053 22 1,031
1978 1,012 16 996
1979 1,036 11 1,025
1980 1,204 19 1,185
1981 1,223 12 1,211
1982 1,277 20 1,257
1983 1,201 17 1,184
1984 1,162 15 1,147
1985 1,264 15 1,249
1986 1,215 10 1,205
1987 1,232 17 1,215
1988 1,288 10 1,278
1989 1,343 21 1,322
1990 1,512 10 1,502
1991 1,493 13 1,480
1992 1,498 16 1,482
1993 1,449 21 1,428
1994 1,442 12 1,430
1995 1,469 10 1,459
1996 1,409 10 1,399
1997 1,370 10 1,360
1998 1,399 12 1,387
1999 1,445 7 1,438
2000 1,471 0 1,471
2001 1,461 6 1,455
2002 1,461 9 1,452
2003 1,418 8 1,410
2004 1,551 7 1,544
2005 1,496 5 1,491
2006 1,708 8 1,700
2007 1,622 0 1,622
2008 1,546 6 1,540
2009 1,349 7 1,342
2010 1,332 0 1,332
2011 1,274 0 1,274
2012 1,229 0 1,229
2013 1,207 0 1,207
2014 1,201 0 1,201
2015 1,222 0 1,222
2016 1,232 0 1,232

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Popularity of Rafael as a first name

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Popularity of Rafael as a last name

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Common last names for Rafael

  • Rodriguez
  • Gonzalez
  • Garcia
  • Rivera
  • Lopez
  • Perez
  • Hernandez
  • Diaz
  • Torres
  • Sanchez
  • Ramirez
  • Ortiz
  • Morales
  • Fernandez
  • Ramos
  • Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Gomez
  • Alvarez

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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

  • How Popular is the name Rafael? Rafael is the 767th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 76,603 babies born with the first name Rafael in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rafael to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 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 1,700 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rafael!
  • Random Rafael Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rafael ranks 28th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 7 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1910.
  • Weird things about the name Rafael: Your name in reverse order is Leafar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lefraa. 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.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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