The Ralphabet

While watching The Thorn Birds last night, I realized that you don't meet a lot of Ralphs these days. I don't know if I've ever known a Ralph. I think that this may be because while there are lots of kids out there these days named Fox and Dana and Chandler and Monica, there aren't many Ralphs in fiction to inspire parents¹. I will now make a list of all of the fictional Ralphs I can think of:

  • Fr. Ralph de Bricassart
  • Ralph Wiggum
  • Ralph from Lord of the Flies
  • Ralphie from A Christmas Story
  • Ralph Malph

And this is where the reader interaction comes in, my dears! Please, add your own Ralphs in the comments! We'll make this the biggest darn list of fictional Ralphs on all the Intarnets! This is what the Internet was made for, folks!

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¹ It may have something to do with the fact that it's slang for "to vomit", but we'll ignore that.

srah - Monday, 9 January 2006 - 12:34 PM
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Comments (10)

gravatar Denzylle - January 9, 2006 - 2:20 PM -

Fiennes - pronounced Rafe.

gravatar srah - January 9, 2006 - 2:45 PM -

Not fictional! (That I know of... :) )

gravatar Tony - January 9, 2006 - 8:18 PM -

FYI Ralph Malph (aka Donnie Most) went to Lehigh U in the mid-70's and dropped out before completing his degree. If he'd have finished, perhaps there would have been a tribute to him on campus - then again maybe he would have never been in Happy Days either.

gravatar katie - January 10, 2006 - 11:28 AM -

Ralph Wiggum's the only one I knew of from your list. :(

How about Ralph Kramden?

gravatar Cheryl - January 10, 2006 - 3:58 PM -

Runaway Ralph!

*I* know a Ralph in real life. So there.

gravatar katie - January 10, 2006 - 6:31 PM -

I knew a real-life Ralph, but he died. :(

gravatar Allison - January 11, 2006 - 12:16 PM -

Oh, man! You should spend time in classrooms these days. My little brothers classroom pals have names like:
Caleb (Kay-leb);
Jamari (Ja-mari);
Gaius (Guy-us);
Kayshon (I don't even know if I spelled that right); &
Theo (Short for Theodore).

If there is some a 7yo named Theodore, there still have to be Ralphs!

gravatar srah - January 11, 2006 - 12:47 PM -

And ShiTerriona!

gravatar ecook - January 11, 2006 - 2:27 PM -

My Dad's name is Ralph.. and looking back through my family history, we're full to gills in Ralphs and Georges. To the best of my knowledge, they were far from fictional.

But yes, it appears that Ralph saw its peak a while ago.. http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ says that it's the 714th most popular boy's name in 2004. (Allison, Jamari is number 425!)
The baby name wizard concurs, showing the sad decline of Ralph from the glory days of the 1910's and 20s: http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

gravatar Matt S. - January 11, 2006 - 8:25 PM -

Ralph S. Mouse!

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