Ralph

First Name
414k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
8k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ralph mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Ralph

"Ralph" is a name of English origin, and it means "Wolf counsel". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ralph
A name sometimes given to the raven.
Wiktionary

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.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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

Notable Persons Named Ralph

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 317 0 317 #54 boy name
1881 329 0 329 #45 boy name
1882 407 0 407 #43 boy name
1883 385 0 385 #45 boy name
1884 469 5 464 #40 boy name
1885 422 0 422 #44 boy name
1886 440 0 440 #41 boy name
1887 463 0 463 #39 boy name
1888 553 6 547 #36 boy name
1889 500 5 495 #39 boy name
1890 592 5 587 #32 boy name
1891 595 8 587 #28 boy name
1892 725 0 725 #30 boy name
1893 636 0 636 #31 boy name
1894 697 5 692 #31 boy name
1895 741 5 736 #30 boy name
1896 746 0 746 #30 boy name
1897 702 5 697 #32 boy name
1898 803 0 803 #31 boy name
1899 747 5 742 #29 boy name
1900 896 0 896 #31 boy name
1901 687 5 682 #29 boy name
1902 874 7 867 #28 boy name
1903 812 5 807 #29 boy name
1904 899 0 899 #28 boy name
1905 938 0 938 #27 boy name
1906 989 5 984 #26 boy name
1907 998 0 998 #29 boy name
1908 1,144 6 1,138 #25 boy name
1909 1,096 5 1,091 #30 boy name
1910 1,286 7 1,279 #28 boy name
1911 1,681 7 1,674 #24 boy name
1912 3,449 14 3,435 #23 boy name
1913 3,988 25 3,963 #22 boy name
1914 5,023 13 5,010 #21 boy name
1915 6,840 24 6,816 #21 boy name
1916 7,117 32 7,085 #21 boy name
1917 7,423 30 7,393 #21 boy name
1918 8,191 30 8,161 #22 boy name
1919 7,755 45 7,710 #22 boy name
1920 8,599 42 8,557 #22 boy name
1921 8,902 42 8,860 #23 boy name
1922 8,541 56 8,485 #23 boy name
1923 8,671 42 8,629 #23 boy name
1924 8,810 44 8,766 #23 boy name
1925 8,510 43 8,467 #25 boy name
1926 8,498 44 8,454 #24 boy name
1927 8,492 59 8,433 #24 boy name
1928 8,156 56 8,100 #24 boy name
1929 7,769 58 7,711 #26 boy name
1930 7,683 45 7,638 #25 boy name
1931 7,001 45 6,956 #25 boy name
1932 6,758 32 6,726 #27 boy name
1933 6,219 36 6,183 #29 boy name
1934 6,315 34 6,281 #31 boy name
1935 6,122 32 6,090 #32 boy name
1936 6,057 28 6,029 #31 boy name
1937 5,940 19 5,921 #34 boy name
1938 6,037 19 6,018 #35 boy name
1939 5,978 21 5,957 #35 boy name
1940 5,862 27 5,835 #37 boy name
1941 6,052 15 6,037 #38 boy name
1942 6,652 17 6,635 #38 boy name
1943 6,779 11 6,768 #40 boy name
1944 6,288 16 6,272 #42 boy name
1945 5,803 18 5,785 #44 boy name
1946 6,609 22 6,587 #48 boy name
1947 7,408 20 7,388 #50 boy name
1948 6,930 20 6,910 #51 boy name
1949 6,760 14 6,746 #50 boy name
1950 6,419 15 6,404 #52 boy name
1951 6,542 16 6,526 #51 boy name
1952 6,491 17 6,474 #56 boy name
1953 6,530 17 6,513 #59 boy name
1954 6,316 17 6,299 #61 boy name
1955 5,983 16 5,967 #67 boy name
1956 6,051 23 6,028 #67 boy name
1957 5,733 23 5,710 #76 boy name
1958 5,469 22 5,447 #77 boy name
1959 5,059 19 5,040 #84 boy name
1960 4,790 17 4,773 #89 boy name
1961 4,457 23 4,434 #95 boy name
1962 4,191 17 4,174 #97 boy name
1963 3,947 16 3,931 #99 boy name
1964 3,578 15 3,563
1965 3,240 12 3,228
1966 2,808 24 2,784
1967 2,572 22 2,550
1968 2,345 21 2,324
1969 2,434 17 2,417
1970 2,268 21 2,247
1971 2,001 10 1,991
1972 1,688 15 1,673
1973 1,577 18 1,559
1974 1,379 7 1,372
1975 1,356 14 1,342
1976 1,171 8 1,163
1977 1,265 12 1,253
1978 1,091 12 1,079
1979 1,090 10 1,080
1980 1,046 8 1,038
1981 903 6 897
1982 949 0 949
1983 850 5 845
1984 788 10 778
1985 757 5 752
1986 736 6 730
1987 731 6 725
1988 634 6 628
1989 662 0 662
1990 608 5 603
1991 562 0 562
1992 499 0 499
1993 520 0 520
1994 422 0 422
1995 413 0 413
1996 415 0 415
1997 364 0 364
1998 332 0 332
1999 343 0 343
2000 341 0 341
2001 320 0 320
2002 312 0 312
2003 300 0 300
2004 270 0 270
2005 258 0 258
2006 277 0 277
2007 239 0 239
2008 247 0 247
2009 210 0 210
2010 205 0 205
2011 208 0 208
2012 180 0 180
2013 193 0 193
2014 193 0 193
2015 184 0 184
2016 204 0 204
2017 184 0 184

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Popularity of Ralph as a first name

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Popularity of Ralph as a last name

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Common last names for Ralph

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • White
  • Clark
  • Baker
  • Young
  • Hall
  • Harris

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 163rd 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 414,256 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 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ralph ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 198 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Ralph: Your name in reverse order is Hplar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pahrl. 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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  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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