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Quick Facts on Rafa

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
God has healed

Characteristics of Rafa

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rafa

Rafa is the Spanish diminutive of Rafael, which itself is a spelling variation of the Hebrew name Raphael from Rafa’el meaning ‘God has healed’. In the Bible, Raphael was one of the seven archangels and specifically the angel of, you guessed it, healing. The angel Raphael figures in prominently in the Book of Tobit, from the Apocrypha (the “hidden” treasures of the Bible which are included in only some editions). God sends Raphael to “heal” a couple of people who are praying for death due to their misfortunes. For more information on Raphael from the Bible, see literary characters below. Depending on the language the name can be spelled either Raphael or Rafael. Rafael is primarily the Spanish and Portuguese spelling, and is currently ranked #51 in Spain (2009) and #37 in Mexico (2010). Due to the popularity of Rafael among Spanish speakers, the nickname Rafa is quite heavily used, although generally not as an independently given name.

Popularity of the Name Rafa

Rafa is mainly considered a nickname for the Spanish Rafael, and has never made an appearance on the U.S. popularity charts as an independently given name. The masculine name Rafa is therefore rare as a stand-alone name in the United States. However, American parents have a long tradition of using pet forms as independently given names, such as Jack, Alex, Max, Molly, Katie and Abby. The usage of short forms as given names is not uncommon, but the example of Rafa is rare (perhaps because Spanish speakers don’t generally do this). Simple forms of familiar names demonstrate a no-nonsense approach to naming styles. Names like Rafa tend to be more relaxed, casual and friendly. Because Rafa has never held a position on the American male naming charts, it’s quite an original choice. It’s a simple two-syllable name that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. It’s a darling name for any little boy, but it also ages nicely into manhood.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rafa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rafa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rafa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rafa

    Raphael (The Bible) Raphael shows up most prominently in the “hidden” Book of Tobit from the Bible. In the story, Tobit goes blind after some birds poop in his eyes (no, we’re not kidding) which causes him so much despair, he prays for death. At the same time, but in a separate faraway place, another woman named Sarah also prays for death. Her despair is caused by a lust demon who keeps killing her husbands on their wedding night before she can consummate her marriage (she has seven husbands, and the evil demon kills them all). Married seven times and still a virgin! God hears their separate prayers and sends Raphael, the angel of healing. Disguised as a man named Azarias, Raphael accompanies Tobias (Tobit’s son) on a journey to retrieve money for his father. Along the way, a giant fish jumps out of the water and nearly kills Tobias (no, we’re still not kidding), but with the aid of Raphael, the fish is killed and they remove the heart, liver and gall bladder for future medicinal needs. At the end of their travels, Tobias meets Sarah and they fall madly in love and marry. Not to be discouraged by the fate of her other seven husbands, Tobias (with instruction from Raphael) burns the fish heart and liver so the smoke drives the evil husband-killing demon away. Sarah and Tobias then return to Tobit and rub the fish gall bladder in his eyes which miraculously restores his eyesight. Everyone is happy and no one is praying for death anymore, all thanks to Raphael (oh, and God, of course)!

  • Popular Songs on Rafa

    Popular Songs on Rafa

    Rafa - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Rafa.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rafa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rafa

    Rafa (Rafael Nadal) - What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport? Rafael Nadal has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. It begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life. Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final—described by John McEnroe as “the greatest game of tennis” he had ever seen—to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career. With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Rafa Cucaracha (Antoon Krings) - The stories in this vibrant and humorous series introduce several odd and curious little critters whose garden adventures will delight children. Follow Lúa Turtle, Ralf Cockroach, Rodolfo Robin, and Andrés Millipede as they teach young readers about the world around them through valuable lessons. In Spanish: Las historias en esta vibrante y humorística colección presentan varias extrañas y curiosas criaturas cuyas aventuras en el jardín deleitarán y enriquecerán a los niños. Siguiendo a Andrés Milpiés, Rafa Cucaracha, Rodolfo Petirrojo y la Tortuga Lúa, los jóvenes lectores aprenderán valiosas lecciones acerca del mundo que les rodea. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rafa y los animales / Rafa and Animals (F. Noriega) - With your friend Rafa you can discover animals from around the world while you learn a lot of new words and letters of the alphabet. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rafa's Dog (Helen Griffiths) - A Spanish child who befriends a stray dog finds that relationship helpful when tragedy strikes his family. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Rafa

    Famous People Named Rafa

    Famous People Named Rafa - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Rafa (see Rafael).

  • Children of Famous People Named Rafa

    Children of Famous People Named Rafa

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Rafa - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rafa.

  • Historic Figures

    Rafa - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rafa - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rafa.

Personality of the Boy Name Rafa

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rafa

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