Hey berries just wondering, what are your opinions on…[name]Rafe[/name]?

I love [name]Rafe[/name].

Really like [name]Rafe[/name]

[name]Romance[/name] novel or American Gladiator - kind of like [name]Blaine[/name]

I like it as a nickname for [name]Rafael[/name] but not as a stand alone first name.

I like it in theory, but afraid people would hear “rape”.

[name]Rafe[/name] Hollister was a character on [name]Andy[/name] [name]Griffith[/name]. The only other [name]Rafe[/name] I’ve ever heard of. I kind of like. It’s unique without sounding goofball.

This is how the name “[name]Ralph[/name]” is pronounced in the UK. [name]Ralph[/name] Fiennes pronounces his names “[name]Rafe[/name] Fines”. Here in the US, that would never fly, since we don’t have the same 800-year traditions of ridiculous spelling. Thus, you could spell it [name]Rafe[/name], but that looks somehow incomplete. I think posters who suggest it as a nickname for [name]Rafael[/name] have the right idea.

I like it as a nickname for [name]Raphael[/name] or [name]Rafferty[/name]. I prefer the [name]Rafe[/name] pronunciation for [name]Ralph[/name] (the other one is a word for barfing that my dad uses…), but it would be a bit, ah, uppity to enforce!

I like it too-- especially as a nn for [name]Rafael[/name] or [name]Rafferty[/name].