National Ralph Day is celebrated on June 17 every year. Ralph is a masculine name common in England, Scotland, and Ireland. It comes from the old English and Norse Radulf, which means “counsel wolf,” and Ralph is its most widely recognized variation. In French, it’s Raoul, while the Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian versions are spelled as Raul. It’s a popular boy’s name in the U.S., with around 368,000 people in the country named Ralph. Let’s celebrate this lovely name today!
History of national ralph day
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, essayist, and leader of the transcendentalist movement in the U.S. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1803, Emerson spent his childhood around women after the demise of his father and most of his male siblings. The experience turned him into a staunch advocate of women’s rights. As an intellectual with relatively liberal ideals, he dedicated his life to worthy causes, such as the abolition of slavery, and was one of the early leaders of the transcendentalist movement. His belief in the inherent good of man inspired millions, and his work influenced the likes of Walt Whitman, William James, and Henry David Thoreau. Emerson died of pneumonia in 1882
English actor, producer, and stage actor, Ralph Fiennes, is famous for his chillingly accurate portrayal of the Nazi S.S. officer, Amon Goeth, in the award-winning movie “Schindler’s List” (1993). Fiennes was an accomplished thespian before getting onto the big screen, having worked at the highly esteemed Royal National Theater. He made his film debut in the movie “Wuthering Heights” (1992) and portrayed the role of the demonic Heathcliff. Fiennes is vocal on matters of politics and strongly opposed the Brexit movement in the U.K. in 2016. He is a Primetime Emmy and a Tony Award winner.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is the founder of the multi-billion dollar global enterprise, Ralph Lauren Corporation. The billionaire businessman is also an avid car collector. The son of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, he was born and raised in The Bronx, New York, U.S. The 82-year-old fashion mogul grew up in the same neighborhood as Calvin Klein and Robert Denning. His clothing line includes men’s sportswear, fragrances, luxury watches, and fine jewelry. Lauren stepped down as the C.E.O. of Ralph Lauren Corporation in 2015 but still maintains an executive chair position and is the company’s chief creative officer.
national ralph day timeline
Ralph Emerson holds the first meeting of the Transcendental Club with George Putnam, Frederic Henry Hedge, and George Ripley.
Ralph Lauren launches his menswear clothing line, Polo.
Ralph Fiennes puts his extensive stage-play skills to work, playing Hades in “Clash of the Titans.”
Ralph Northam is elected as the 73rd governor of Virginia.
national ralph day FAQs
Is Ralph a biblical name?
No, Ralph is an English name.
How do the British pronounce Ralph?
In the past, it was pronounced as “Raif” but the pronunciation has since changed to the conventional “Rolf.”
What is the nickname for Ralph?
Ralph is one of the few names with no short version, but there are alternative spellings in different languages, like the French Raoul and Spanish Raul.
national ralph day Activities
Read the works of Emerson
Emerson is considered the godfather of the transcendentalist movement in America. He also had much to say about women’s rights, slavery, and racial hierarchy. His thoughts still hold water.
Have you always wanted a particular fashionable watch, shirt, jacket, or pair of pants? Today is the day to treat yourself to something by Ralph Lauren. Pamper yourself today!
Enjoy some fine acting
Fiennes is unquestionably one of the U.K.’s greatest exports worldwide. His acting skills are superb. Be sure to check them out in one of the nearly 70 movies he’s appeared in, including the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Red Dragon” (2002), “The Constant Gardener” (2005), and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014).
5 Facts About Ralphs
Ralph Lauren in the army
Lauren served in the U.S. Army between 1962 and 1964.
An international ambassador
Ralph Fiennes has served as a UNICEF ambassador since 1999.
Ralph Emerson ran a school for girls.
Ralph Macchio loves to dance
Macchio of “Karate Kid” (1984) competed in “Dancing With the Stars” in 2005.
An esteemed relative
Renowned composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was related to Charles Darwin, his great-uncle.
Why We Love national ralph day
It is a classic name
The name Ralph is one of the old classic names. It’s been around for a while but is still relevant today. This masculine name also means “God heals” in Hebrew.
It sounds suave
Ralph is the name of a gentleman. It sounds noble and aristocratic.
It is meaningful
The name also translates to “as wise as a wolf.” It was the name of one of the seven archangels who was a healer, according to Spanish tradition.
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