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FOR REAL: English form of the Norse Rathulfr, which comes from Germanic elements meaning "counsel" and "wolf." In the middle ages it was found in various forms Such as Radulf, Raul, Raulf. It was normally spelled Ralf or Rafe, reflecting the common pronunciation, until the 18th century, when the -ph was added as a classical affectation, due to the fact that it was commonly Latinized Radolphus.

diminutives: Ralphie

related names: other forms

Other words with the same root(s): wolf, Ratskellar, the German word for "council house" which is used as a name for many taverns and bars the world over.