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God has healed
Characteristics of Rafael
Etymology & Historical Origin - Rafael
Rafael 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. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Italian Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio (usually known simply as Raphael). Depending on the language the name can be spelled either Raphael or Rafael. Rafael is primarily the Spanish and Portuguese spelling. Rafael is currently ranked #51 in Spain (2009) and #37 in Mexico (2010).
Popularity of the Name Rafael
The usage of the name Rafael in America has been influenced by the growing Hispanic and Latino populations. Rafael has consistently been on the boy’s naming charts since 1880, the first year the U.S. government began keeping track of baby names. At the turn of the 20th century, Rafael saw low usage rates, but as the decades progressed, the name became gradually more popular. The height of Rafael’s popularity was in the 1980s and 90s. As we’ve entered into the 21st century, Rafael has seen a slight decline in usage but he still enjoys moderate popularity. The archangel Michael is the chief leader of the angels and stands next to God, Gabriel is the archangel who serves as a messenger from God, and long neglected Raphael is the healing archangel. Which name do you like best for your little angel?
Popularity of the Boy Name Rafael
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rafael
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rafael
Raphael (The Bible) Raphael shows up most prominently in the “hidden” Book of Tobit from the Apocrypha. 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 death 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 Rafael
Rafael - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Rafael.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Rafael
Mis Pasiones Y Decires Con Curro Romero Y Rafael De Paula (Huberto Apaolaza) - Huberto Apaolaza se desnuda para mostrarnos sus sueños toreros a través de las palabras de aquellos que tanto nos hicieron soñar en los confines del albero eterno. En estas páginas, Curro y Rafael no responden, más bien conversan, dialogan, sentencian con sus cosas, sus manías y sus dudas; sobre el arte, la vida, las mujeres, el flamenco, el miedo.... Los dos genios se expresan tal como son, hablan como torean. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Rafael
Famous People Named Rafael - Rafael Nadal (tennis player); Rafael Palmeiro (baseball player); Rafael Marquez (soccer player); Rafael Arevalo (composer); Rafael Correa (president of Ecuador); Rafael Guizar Valencia (Mexican saint)
Children of Famous People Named Rafael
Famous People Who Named Their Son Rafael - Rosemary Clooney (singer)
Rafael - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Rafael - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rafael.
Personality of the Boy Name Rafael
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Rafael