Ralf: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ralf

Ralf

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Origin of the name Ralph:

From the Old Norse Rađulfr, Rathulfr, a compound name composed of the elements rađ, rath (counsel) and ulfr (wolf). The name, introduced by the Scandinavians, was reinforced by the Normans, who brought in the Germanic cognate Radulf, which is from the elements rād (counsel) and wulf (wolf). The English developed their own cognate, Rædwulf, from the Old English elements ræd (counsel) and wulf (wolf). The name evolved into Rauf, Raff, and Rafe in the Middle Ages, Ralf in the 16th century, and Ralph in the 18th century.

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Ralf is the todays most common form of the name "Ralph" in Mid/Western Europe. It is not so rare nowadays as it was in the last decades. The name had a 'Boom' from the late 80ies until today in Central-Europe. The "F" form is used on the continent only - in Germany and all German speaking areas (Austria, Switzerland.. et cetera) as in the Scandinavic countries Sweden, Norway, Danmark and the Faroe Isles. In the 16th century the name was spelled in England with a f instead the ph.

As in the name Ralph the origin is, while the "f" form is closer to it old Nordic and Germanic root as the "ph" form:
the name is pronounce with an "a" as in car !

Origin of the name Ralph:

From the Old Norse Rađulfr, Rathulfr, a compound name composed of the elements rađ, rath (counsel) and ulfr (wolf). The name, introduced by the Scandinavians, was reinforced by the Normans, who brought in the Germanic cognate Radulf, which is from the elements rād (counsel) and wulf (wolf). The English developed their own cognate, Rædwulf, from the Old English elements ræd (counsel) and wulf (wolf). The name evolved into Rauf, Raff, and Rafe in the Middle Ages, Ralf in the 16th century, and Ralph in the 18th century.

Personal experiences with the name Ralf: | Edit

Well, it suits ok for me since 49 years now. No complains. ;-)
German, Dutch, Austrian (...) people have a taste of "toughness" up to "brutal" with this name.

In my experience, every second American I met: "How are you ?" - Hi, I'm doing fine, my name is Ralf, nice to meet you." - "Wow great ! I once had a dog named Ralph".

Oh please ! This is no information I was asking for !!!

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