Given Name REYNARD

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: RAY-nahrd, REN-ərd  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Raginhard, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England in the form Reinard, though it never became very common there. In medieval fables the name was borne by the sly hero Reynard the Fox (with the result that renard has become a French word meaning "fox").
VARIANT: Raynard
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Raginhard, Rainard, Reinhard (Ancient Germanic), Renard (French), Reindert (Frisian), Reinhard (German)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014