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Rafael, Rafaeli and Rafaelli are almost unique, Rafaele, very rare, seems specific of Altamura in Bari, Raffael, very rare, is typical of Venice and the nearby Trevisano, Raffaela would seem unique, perhaps Sicilian, Raffaele is very widespread in the whole center south, Raffaeli has a strain between Milanese and Cremonese, a log in Verona, one in Marche and Perugino, one in Rome and one in Foggiano, Raffaella is absolutely rare, Raffaelli is widespread throughout the Centronord, Raphael has a stump in the Vicenza and one in Brindisi. Additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames must be sought in the name Raffaele or Raphael, i.e. the italianization of Jewish staff Refa ' El, which, composed of the Elements Rapha ' (heal) and El (God), can be translated as God Heals ( Implied, from the evils of life): In this context, in fact, the figure of the Archangel Raphael, to whom the Bible attributes miraculous Faculty of Healing (in the Book of Tobia, for example, Raffaele heals Tobia from his blindness), should be remembered. With regard to the last names in question, therefore, these are the cognominizations of the personal name of the ancestor.

Bibliographic source "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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