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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rafferty

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Alt. Meaning

R is for resourceful, in any challenge that comes your way

A is for articulate, a regular wordsmith

F is for festive, the youth of your spirit.

F is for forgiving, of others and your own mistakes

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

R is for relish, you seek a challenge.

T is for touching, the way you show you are.

Y is for youthful, your eternal look.

Notable Persons Named Rafferty

Rafferty is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafferty

Sarah Rafferty is an actress. She was most active from 1998 to present. Sarah was given the name Sarah Gray Rafferty on December 6th, 1972 in New Canaan, Connecticut.


Gerry Rafferty was a rock music, pop music, folk rock, soft rock, and blues rock musician. He plays Fender Mustang Bass, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Dove, Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop, Gibson J-160E, Gibson L-5, Martin D-45, Ovation Guitar Company, and Gibson Les Paul. He was most prominent from 1966 to 2000. Gerry was given the name Gerald Rafferty on April 16th, 1947 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He breathed his last breath on January 4th, 2011.


Chips Rafferty was a film actor. He has been prominent since 1939. Chips was given the name John William Pilbean Goffage on March 26th, 1909 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. He breathed his last breath on May 27th, 1971.


Bill Rafferty was a comedian and game show host. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 2012. Bill was given the name William Rafferty on June 17th, 1944 in Queens. He left this life on August 11th, 2012.


Frances Anne Rafferty was an actress and dancer. She was most active from 1942 to 1942. Frances was born on June 16th, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. She left this life on April 18th, 2004.


Barbara was given the name Barbara Ann Brown on January 13th, 1950 in Clydebank.


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Popularity of Rafferty as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rafferty U.S.
  White 95.44% 64.26%
  African American 0.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rafferty

People with the last name Rafferty are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rafferty

  • How Popular is the name Rafferty? Rafferty is the 28,815th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rafferty was the 3,802nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rafferty have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 174 babies born with the first name Rafferty in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rafferty 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 Rafferty? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rafferty first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rafferty is Monday, March 29th, 1897.
  • What year had the most people named Rafferty born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rafferty was in 2005 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Rafferty Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rafferty is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Rafferty: Your name in reverse order is Ytreffar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Frertyfa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rafferty? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,311 people with the last name Rafferty.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rafferty? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Rafferty 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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