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Ralph (m) An Old Norse or Old English name composed of elements meaning ‘counsel’ and wolf.’

It was formerly pronounced Rafe, as the Gilbertian verse indicates:

In time each little waif
Forsook his foster-mother,
The well-born babe was Ralph,
Your captain was the other.
(H.M.S. Pinafore)

Ralph has been quietly used in Scotland this century.

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