Origin: Old Norse, English
Meaning: wolf counselor
Variants: Ralf, Rafe
Other languages: Radulf Ancient Germanic), Raoul (Italian, French), Raul (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
Comes from the Old Norse name Radulfr (or Radulf). In the Middle Ages, despite its spelling Ralph, it was often pronounced like Rafe. In the U.S., though, it’s definitely pronounced like Ralf.