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see ralph

English

Etymology

From Germanic Radulf, rād "counsel" + wulf "wolf", brought to England first in the Old Norse, then in the Norman form.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

  1. A given name.

Translations

male given name

German

Proper noun

  1. A given name borrowed from English, more often spelled Ralf.

Extensive Definition

Ralph is an English, Scandinavian and German male given name, derived from Old Norse Raðulfr (rað "counsel" + ulfr "wolf") through Old English Rædwulf and the longer form Radulf. It is often pronounced [rælf] but the traditional British pronunciation is [reɪf].
Variant forms include:
  • Ralph, the traditional variant form in the English language.
  • Raff, variant form which is a very rare male first name.
  • Rafe, variant form which is a very rare male first name; it is pronounced [reɪf], the same as the traditional but infrequent pronunciation of Ralph.
  • Ralf, the traditional variant form in the Dutch, German and Swedish languages (although Ralph'' is also used as a given name in Swedish).
  • Raoul, the traditional variant form in the French language.
  • Raúl, the traditional variant form in the Spanish language.
  • Raul, the traditional variant form in the Portuguese language.
  • Raül, the traditional variant form in the Catalan language.
Raúl can also refer to:
Ralph can also refer to:
Raoul can also refer to:
Ralf can refer to:

References

Ralph in German: Ralf
Ralph in Spanish: Raúl
Ralph in Esperanto: Rolfo
Ralph in French: Raoul
Ralph in Latin: Radulphus
Ralph in Japanese: ラルフ
Ralph in Swedish: Ralf
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