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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.REN-əld
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Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Raginald, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and wald "rule". The Normans (who used forms like Reinald or Reinold) brought the name to Britain, where it reinforced rare Old English and Norse cognates already in existence. It was common during the Middle Ages, but became more rare after the 15th century.
VariantReginald
Other Languages & CulturesRaginald, Reinald, Reinhold Ancient Germanic Ragnvaldr Ancient Scandinavian Ragnvald Danish Reinoud, Reinout Dutch Reino Finnish Renaud, Reynaud French Reinhold German Raghnall Irish Rinaldo Italian Ragnvald Norwegian Reinaldo, Reynaldo, Ronaldo Portuguese Raghnall, Ranald, Ronald Scottish Reinaldo, Reynaldo Spanish Ragnvald Swedish Rheinallt Welsh

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Discworld characters, leadership, medieval, power, wisdom
Entry updated January 10, 2017   Contribute