Post # 1
We are team green but I really feel like I am having a boy. Our boy name has family meaning so it cannot be changed. We are having a hard time figuring out a nickname because our other kids cannot properly pronounce Raphael. Darling Husband has said “Raph” and “Raphe” are the usual nicknames for Raphael. The problem is I HATE both these nicknames. I need help because our child is NOT going to be called Raph or Raphe.
Post # 3
Well if you give him a J or C middle name RJ or RC are options 🙂 Could go with El as well for a nickname.
Post # 4
@Schatzie821: We cannot change the middle name because it is DH’s name. We also cannot use Rae because that is my brothers name. I guess I didn’t realize Raphael would be so hard for people to pronounce.
Post # 5
I know a girl with that name – she went by Raph.
If you feel that strongly about the name – why do you HAVE to have a nickname? If I was naming my child a name with family attachment, I would want to call my child by that name.
Personally, I don’t think your name is that hard to pronounce.
Post # 6
Rafa! Like Rafael Nadal the tennis pro. or in your case Rapha
Post # 7
I’ve known Raphael’s who go by “Rapha”.
Post # 8
I don’t think its too hard to pronounce…I bet something will come to you once baby is here 🙂 It could be something totally unrelated to the name…
Post # 9
Raffi, Rafe, Rafer, Raph, Rafa, Rafi
Post # 10
Honestly, I don’t think that it NEEDS a nickname really. Just use Raphael. Your kids will learn, and unless you want a non-related nickname, which personally doesn’t make sense, just go with his full name!
Post # 11
@MarryMeTiffany: How are you pronouncing Raph and Raphe? I would say good nicknames could be Rafe (like how Ralph Fiennes pronounces his name- rhymes with “safe”) or Raffi (like the children’s singer- rhymes with “taffy”), but maybe that is how you are pronouncing Raph and Raphe. How are your other kids saying the name- I can’t quit see how it is difficult to pronounce. Do kids still watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? If not, rent that movie for them and tell them the baby is going to be named after one of the turtles!!
Post # 12
Every guy I know with this name goes by Raphi sorry. I have no other answers :/
Post # 13
Maybe he’ll end up as a Ralph?
Post # 14
I don’t think it’s too hard to pronounce at all. And congrats!! Otherwise what if you did Phae (faye)? The name may be more of a female trend, but with a different spelling what’s to say it can’t be the nexrt Alex, Jaden, Rae/Ray, Rylee, etc.?? Make a new unisex name! 🙂
Post # 15
@MadTownGirl: Good suggestion but that is my sisters name lol I come from a family of weird names
Post # 16
All the Rafael/Raphaels I’ve know have gone by Rafa/Rapha. I think it’s a great nickname… but I also think your kids will learn to pronounce Raphael.
I guess there’s always the second half of the name too, Phael (sounds like fi-el).