Raphaela is a first name for girls.
There’s a good chance that a girl named Raphaela in a medium-sized town will be unique. That’s because only a few babies a year are named Raphaela in all of the US. Only about one in 100,000 girls is named Raphaela by her parents. In the ranking of most common girls names in recent years, Raphaela ranks at #7,739. That means there are 7,738 more common girls names, but there are also a few thousand that are even rarer. Of all Americans currently living, not even one in 100,000 would answer if you shouted out the name Raphaela.
If you’re looking for someone named Raphaela, you might want to head to New York. Why New York of all places? Well, simply because, according to official statistics, there are no women or girls named Raphaela living in any other state. However, we have to admit that a first name is only listed in the official statistics of a state if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it may well be that there are still a few women and girls named Raphaela living in one state or another, but in any case the name is extremely rare. (If your name happens to be Raphaela and you live outside of New York, we would be very grateful if you could let us know so that we can refine our statistics even further). By the way, even in New York, the name Raphaela is not really that common – there are only 5 women and girls with this name living there right now, which is not more than 0.00004% of all female residents of New York – so if you are one of them, you can rightly say that you are someone very special!
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter R is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for girls' names: 4.1% of all common girls' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of girls' names are A and S, while X and U are the least common initials of girls' names.
With eight letters, the name Raphaela is long compared to other names. In fact, 14.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly eight letters. 78% of all first names are shorter, while only 8% of all boys’ and girls’ names use nine letters or even more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Thus, it follows that if 4.1% of all girls' names start with an R, this initial letter occurs about as often as all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: Rebecca is the girls’ name starting with R, which is the most common of all.
If your name is Raphaela and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Raphaela, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Raphaela sounds like this: