Ralph

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: a contracted form of Ráđúlfr, an Ancient Scandinavian name meaning “wolf counsel” or “counsel wolf” from Old Norse elements ráđ (counsel) and úlfr (wolf).

A masculine given name as well as surname, in British English it’s pronounced as Rayf while in American English it is Ralf.

Variants:

  • Ráđúlfr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Radulf (Germanic)
  • Ralf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Rafe (English)
  • Raef (English)
  • Raife (English)
  • Raif (English)
  • Raff (English)
  • Raoul (French, Italian)
  • Raul (Portuguese, Italian)
  • Raúl (Spanish)
  • Radolf (German, Dutch)
  • Raül (Catalan)
  • Rædwulf (Old English)
  • Rádhulbh (Irish)