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Ralph (Charles William Gordon) 1860–1937, Canadian novelist and clergyman.

masc. proper name, little used in U.S. before 1980; in the top 100 names given to boys from 1992; apparently an alteration and appropriation of the surname Conner (13c.), representing Old English cunnere “examiner, inspector” (e.g. ale-conner (see con (n.2)).


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