curious for opinions

My husband and I are considering the name [name]Raphael[/name] for our little boy due in [name]April[/name]. It’s got a strong historical meaning and it’s international, which is important to both of us. What do you think of this choice? I feel it’s beautiful, but am not sure if it’s maybe a little corny. Also, do you have any suggestions on a middle name? Thanks!

I think [name]Raphael[/name] is a very creative and handsome name. I looked it up on “check out a name”, and I love the nicknames [name]Ray[/name] and [name]Rafe[/name]. Also [name]Raphael[/name] would be a fun name for a teenage boy and for a young man. It would age well, I think.
Middle Names:
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]James[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Antonio[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Anselm[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Enzo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Christo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Henry[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]George[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Duke[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Jude[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Ezekiel[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Viggo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Zane[/name]

[name]Raphael[/name]? Awesome! I have the alternate spelling [name]Rafael[/name] in my family tree, so that’s what I’m using, in the middle. I just started thinking last night that maybe [name]Rafael[/name]/[name]Raphael[/name] should be up front!
I think [name]Raphael[/name] is really suave and handsome, debonair & stylish. And I like him much better than [name]Gabriel[/name]!

I think [name]Raphael[/name] is balanced by a more mainstream name, but can get away with a few “not too exotic” names as well, here’re some thoughts:

[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]James[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]George[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Hugo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Bernard[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Thomas[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Frederick[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Otto[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Martin[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Ambrose[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Elias[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Graham[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Hugo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Hugh[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]William[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Xavier[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Zenon[/name] (it’s a Polish name, realted to [name]Zeus[/name], meaning “shine” or “sky”).

[name]Raphael[/name] is tough to pair for me, because of his rhythm, I hope I helped a bit! :smiley:

[name]Raphael[/name] is beautiful; I was just thinking about it over my coffee this morning-- what a coincidence! I love its meaning-- God heals-- and his background as an archangel who performs miraculous healings. [name]Carla[/name] Bruni, first lady of [name]France[/name], has a really cute song about the name (roughly translated, “[name]Raphael[/name] has the air of an angel, but he’s a devil of love…”). I love the British nickname ([name]Rafe[/name]) and the French one (Raf). Great choice all around!

Another vote for [name]Raphael[/name]! It’s a great name, and I love [name]Rafe[/name], too!

[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Augustin[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Davis[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Francisco[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Felix[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Gideon[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Harris[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Harrison[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Stefan[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Milo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Miles[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Adrian[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Anthony[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Cruz[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Joaquin[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Simon[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Mateo[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Mattias[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Magnus[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Malcolm[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Nico[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Roman[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Willem[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Zachariah[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] [name]Ezra[/name]

Good luck!

[name]Raphael[/name] [name]August[/name]

love [name]Raphael[/name]

Thanks so much for your replies. [name]Raphael[/name]/[name]Rafael[/name] is the first name that my husband and I have agreed on, and it’s such a relief – especially because he hates discussing names, and yet is very picky! We’re still stuck on the spelling (I’m for ph, he’s for f), but it’s progress. It’s nice to get some positive feedback.