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From Latin rex "king". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
REXANNEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of ROXANE influenced by REX.
REYESf & mSpanish
Means "kings" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de los Reyes, meaning "The Virgin of the Kings". According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to King Ferdinand III of Castile and told him his armies would defeat those of the Moors in Seville.
REYHANfTurkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of RAYHANA.
Uyghur elaboration of REYHAN using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".
REYNALDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REYNOLD.
REYNARDmEnglish (Rare)
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").
French variant form of REYNOLD.
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.
Persian form of RIDHA.
Diminutive of REVAZ.
RHEAfGreek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Latinized form of Greek ‘Ρεια (Rheia), meaning unknown, perhaps related to ‘ρεω (rheo) "to flow" or ερα (era) "ground". In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Also, in Roman mythology a woman named Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
RHEIAfGreek Mythology
Greek form of RHEA.
Welsh form of REYNOLD.
From a surname, an Anglicized form of the Dutch de Raedt, derived from raet "advice, counsel". Margaret Mitchell used this name for the character Rhett Butler in her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936).
RHETTAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of RHETT.
Derived from Welsh rhiain meaning "maiden".
RHIANNAfEnglish (Modern)
Probably a variant of RHIANNON.
RHIANNONfWelsh, English, Welsh Mythology
Probably derived from the old Celtic name Rigantona meaning "great queen". It is speculated that this was the name of an otherwise unattested Celtic goddess of fertility and the moon. The name Rhiannon appears later in Welsh legend in the Mabinogion, borne by the wife of Pwyll and the mother of Pryderi.... [more]
Variant of RHIAN.
Welsh form of RICHARD.
RHODAfBiblical, English
Derived from Greek ‘ροδον (rhodon) meaning "rose". In the New Testament this name was borne by a maid in the house of Mary the mother of John Mark. As an English given name, Rhoda came into use in the 17th century.
Derived from the Welsh elements rhod "wheel" and rhi "king". This name was borne by a 9th-century Welsh king.
Possibly derived from the name of the Hebridean island Rona, which means "rough island" in Gaelic.
Probably intended to mean "good spear" from Welsh rhon "spear" and da "good", but possibly influenced by the name of the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, which means "noisy". It has been in use only since the 20th century. Its use may have been partially inspired by Margaret Mackworth, Viscountess Rhondda (1883-1956), a British feminist.
Means either "fair spear" or "fair hair" in Welsh. The first element is either rhon "spear" or rhawn "(coarse) hair", and the second element is gwen "fair, white, blessed".
RHOSYNfWelsh (Rare)
Means "rose" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
Means "reddish brown" in Welsh. It is sometimes used as a Welsh form of RODERICK.
Means "enthusiasm" in Welsh. Several Welsh rulers have borne this name.
RIAfGerman, Dutch
Short form of MARIA.
Means "meadows, gardens", from the plural of Arabic روضة (rawdah).
Possibly derived from ríodhgach meaning "impulsive".
Irish name (see RYAN).
Variant of RYAN.
Variant transcription of RIAD.
RICAfEnglish (Rare)
Short form of FREDERICA and other names ending in rica.
Catalan form of RICHARD.
RICARDAfSpanish, German
Spanish and German feminine form of RICHARD.
Lithuanian form of RICHARD.
RICARDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RICHARD.
Latvian form of RICHARD.
Italian feminine form of RICHARD.
Italian form of RICHARD.
Short form of RICHARD.
RICHAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali
Means "praise, verse, sacred text" in Sanskrit.
Hungarian form of RICHARD.
RICHARDmEnglish, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave power", derived from the Germanic elements ric "power, rule" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it has been very common there since that time. It was borne by three kings of England including Richard I the Lionheart, one of the leaders of the Third Crusade in the 12th century.... [more]
Feminine form of RICHARD using the popular suffix elle, probably influenced by the sound of MICHELLE.
Diminutive of RICHARD.
RICHMALfEnglish (Rare)
Meaning uncertain, possibly a combination of RICHARD and MARY. This name has been used since at least the late 18th century, mainly confined to the town of Bury in Lancashire.
Short form of RICHARD or names ending in rick.
Diminutive of RICHARD.
RICKIm & fEnglish
Masculine and feminine diminutive of RICHARD.
Diminutive of RICHARD.
Diminutive of RICHARD.
RICO (1)mSpanish
Short form of RICARDO.
RICO (2)mItalian
Short form of ENRICO.
Variant transcription of RIDHA.
Means "satisfaction, contentment" in Arabic. This name was borne by Ali Musi al-Ridha, a 9th-century Shia imam.
RIDLEYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "reed clearing" or "cleared wood" in Old English.
Turkish form of RIDWAN.
Means "satisfaction" in Arabic.
Feminine form of RIZWAN.
RIEN (1)mDutch
Dutch cognate of REIN.
RIEN (2)mDutch
Dutch short form of MARINUS.
Turkish form of RIFAT.
Means "high rank" in Arabic.
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RIGANTONAfCeltic Mythology
Reconstructed old Celtic form of RHIANNON.
RIGBYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "ridge farm" in Old Norse.
Derived from Arabic الرجل (al-Rijl) meaning "foot". This is the name of the star that forms the left foot of the constellation Orion.
Variant transcription of RAYHANA.
Slovene form of RICHARD.
Latvian form of RICHARD.
Variant of RIIKKA.
Finnish short form of FREDRIKA, HENRIIKKA and other names ending in rika.
Finnish short form of PIRITTA.
Short form of HENDRIK, FREDERIK, and other names containing rik.
RIKAfSwedish, Dutch
Short form of FREDRIKA, HENRIKA, and other names ending in rika.
RIKARDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of RICHARD.
German short form of FRIEDERIKE, HENRIKE, and other names ending in rike.
Finnish form of RICHARD.
Danish short form of FREDERIKKE.
RIKKIfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of RICKY.
From Japanese (ri) meaning "white jasmine" or (ri) meaning "reason, logic" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
RIKU (1)mFinnish
Finnish short form of RICHARD.
RIKU (2)mJapanese
From Japanese (riku) meaning "land" or different kanji which are pronounced the same way.
From Japanese (riku) meaning "land" combined with (to), which refers to a Chinese constellation, or (to) meaning "person", as well as other combinations of kanji which have the same pronunciations.
RILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning "rye clearing" in Old English.
Meaning unknown, perhaps a short form of names ending in rilla.
Means "white antelope" in Arabic.
RINf & mJapanese
From Japanese (rin) meaning "dignified, severe, cold" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
RINA (1)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of CATERINA or CATHARINA as well as other names ending in rina.
RINA (2)fHebrew
Means "joy" in Hebrew.
RINA (3)fIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Possibly from Sanskrit रीण (rina) meaning "melted".
RINA (4)fJapanese
From Japanese (ri) meaning "white jasmine" or (ri) meaning "village" combined with (na), a phonetic character, or (na) meaning "vegetables, greens". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Italian form of REYNOLD. This is the Italian name of the hero Renaud, a character in several Renaissance epics.
RINAT (1)mTatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir form of RENAT.
RINIm & fDutch
Short form of names ending in rino.
Short form of MARINUS.
RINYm & fDutch
RIO (1)mVarious
Means "river" in Spanish or Portuguese. A city in Brazil bears this name. Its full name is Rio de Janeiro, which means "river of January", so named because the first explorers came to the harbour in January and mistakenly thought it was a river mouth.
RIO (2)fJapanese
From Japanese (ri) meaning "white jasmine" or (ri) meaning "village" combined with (o) meaning "center", (o) meaning "thread" or (o) meaning "cherry blossom". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
RÍOGHNACHfIrish Mythology
Derived from Irish ríoghan meaning "queen". In Irish legend this was a wife of the Irish king Niall.
From Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Either a variant of RÍOGHNACH or a short form of CATRIONA.
Anglicized form of RÓRDÁN.
RIPLEYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which originally came from a place name that meant "strip clearing" in Old English.
RISHImIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali
Means "sage, poet" in Sanskrit, perhaps ultimately deriving from a root meaning "to see".
Diminutive of RICHARD.
Diminutive of RICHARD.
Irish form of RICHARD.
RISTOmFinnish, Macedonian
Finnish and Macedonian short form of CHRISTOPHER.
RITAfItalian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of MARGHERITA and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
RITIKAfIndian, Hindi
Means either "movement, stream" or "brass" in Sanskrit.
RITUfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "season, period" in Sanskrit.
Means "birch branch" in Finnish.
Diminutive of RIVKA.
RIVERm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".
Hebrew form of REBECCA.
RIVQAHfBiblical Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew form of REBECCA.
RIYAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "singer" in Sanskrit.
Turkish form of RIDHA.
Turkish form of RIDWAN.
RIZWANmUrdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWAN.
RIZWANAfUrdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWANA.
Modern form of the Old Norse name Hróðvaldr or Hróaldr, composed of the elements hróðr "fame" and valdr "ruler". This name was borne by the children's author Roald Dahl (1916-1990).
Variant of RONNE.
Newer Scandinavian form of HRÓARR.
ROBmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT.
Diminutive of ROBRECHT.
ROBBIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ROBERT or ROBERTA.
Diminutive of ROBERT.
ROBENAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
RÓBERTmHungarian, Slovak, Icelandic
Hungarian and Icelandic form of ROBERT.
ROBERTmEnglish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Romanian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been a very common English name since that time.... [more]
ROBERTAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ROBERT.
Lithuanian form of ROBERT.
French feminine form of ROBERT.
ROBERTINAfItalian, Spanish
Feminine diminutive of ROBERTO.
ROBERTOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ROBERT. Saint Roberto Bellarmine was a 16th-century cardinal who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was Roberto de Nobili, a Jesuit missionary to India in the 17th century.
Latvian form of ROBERT.
Diminutive of RÓBERT.
ROBINm & fEnglish, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.
ROBINAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of ROBIN. It originated in Scotland in the 17th century.
Dutch form of ROBERT.
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROBYNNEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
Catalan form of ROCCO.
ROCCOmItalian, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element hrok meaning "rest". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint who nursed victims of the plague but eventually contracted the disease himself. He is the patron saint of the sick.
ROCHmFrench, Polish
French and Polish form of ROCCO.
From the name of the French city La Rochelle, meaning "little rock". It first became commonly used as a given name in America in the 1930s, probably due to the fame of actress Rochelle Hudson (1914-1972) and because of the similarity to the name Rachel.
ROCHUSmGerman (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of ROCCO, used in occasionally German and Dutch.
Means "dew" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Rocío meaning "Mary of the Dew".
Diminutive of ROCCO or other names beginning with a similar sound, or else a nickname referring to a tough person. This is the name of a boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie 'Rocky' (1976) and its five sequels.
Short form of RODERICK or RODNEY.
RODERICKmEnglish, Scottish, Welsh
Means "famous power" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ric "power". This name was in use among the Visigoths; it was borne by their last king (also known as Rodrigo), who died fighting the Muslim invaders of Spain in the 8th century. It also had cognates in Old Norse and West Germanic, and Scandinavian settlers and Normans introduced it to England, though it died out after the Middle Ages. It was revived in the English-speaking world by Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Vision of Don Roderick' (1811).
Short form of RODGER.
Variant of ROGER.
Derived from Slavic rod meaning "fertile".
Scottish feminine form of RODERICK.
Russian form of HERODION.
From a surname, originally derived from a place name, which meant "Hroda's island" in Old English (where Hroda is a Germanic given name meaning "fame"). It was first used as a given name in honour of the British admiral Lord Rodney (1719-1792).
Spanish diminutive of RODOLFO.
RODOLFOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUDOLF. This is the name of the hero in Puccini's opera 'La Bohème' (1896).
French form of RUDOLF.
RODRIGOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of RODERICK. A notable bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid, an 11th-century Spanish military commander.
French form of RODERICK.
Diminutive of RODION.
Short form of ROELAND or ROELOF.
Dutch form of ROLAND.
Dutch form of RUDOLF.
Swedish diminutive of ROLF.
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Rogelius, which was possibly derived from the name Rogatus, which was itself derived from Latin rogatus "request".
ROGERmEnglish, French, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch
Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic 'Beowulf'). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.
Portuguese form of ROGER.
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
Dutch form of ROGER.
ROHAN (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada
Derived from Sanskrit रोहण (rohana) meaning "ascending".
ROHAN (2)fLiterature
From the novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, where it is a place name meaning "horse country" in Sindarin.
ROHESEfMedieval English
Norman French form of HRODOHAIDIS.
ROHESIAfMedieval English (Latinized)
Latinized form of the medieval name Rohese (see ROSE).
ROHITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit रोहित (rohita) meaning "red".
ROI (1)mGalician
Galician short form of RODRIGO.
ROI (2)mHebrew
Means "my shepherd" in Hebrew.
Irish form of ROBERT.
Means "tear drop" in Maori.
Irish cognate of ROSE.
Diminutive of RÓIS.
Slovene form of ROCCO.
Croatian form of ROCCO.
ROKSANAfRussian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
Variant transcription of ROKUROU.
From Japanese (roku) meaning "six" and (rou) meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the sixth son. Other combinations of kanji characters can be possible.
Dutch variant of ROCHUS.
Russian form of ROLAND.
ROLANDmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, Medieval French
From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and land meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROLANDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
Spanish form of ROLAND.
Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROLFmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
From the Germanic name Hrolf (or its Old Norse cognate Hrólfr), a contracted form of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF). The Normans introduced this name to England but it soon became rare. In the modern era it has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world as a German import.
Latinized form of Roul, the Old French form of ROLF. Rollo (or Rolf) the Ganger was an exiled Viking who, in the 10th century, became the first Duke of Normandy. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.
Diminutive of ROLAND.
ROMA (1)mRussian
Diminutive of ROMAN.
ROMA (2)fVarious
From the name of the Italian city, commonly called Rome in English.
Catalan form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAEUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ROMEO.
French form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAINEfFrench, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMÁNmSpanish, Hungarian (Rare)
Spanish and Hungarian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANmRussian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, German
From the Late Latin name Romanus which meant "Roman".
ROMÁNAfHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANAfItalian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
Italian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ROMAN.
Portuguese form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
Italian form of the Late Latin name Romaeus meaning "a pilgrim to Rome". Romeo is best known as the lover of Juliet in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
ROMILDAf & mItalian, Ancient Germanic
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".
Possibly a variant of ROMANA.
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
Italian form of ROMULUS.
ROMULUSmRoman Mythology
Means "of Rome" in Latin. In Roman legend Romulus and Remus were the founders of the city of Rome.
RON (1)mEnglish
Short form of RONALD.
RON (2)m & fHebrew
Means "song, joy" in Hebrew.
RONA (2)fHebrew
Feminine variant of RON (2).
RONALDmScottish, English
Scottish form of RAGNVALDR, a name introduced to Scotland by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. It became popular outside Scotland during the 20th century. A famous bearer was American actor and president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
Feminine form of RONALD.
Portuguese form of RONALD. A notable bearer is the retired Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (1976-), who is commonly known only by his first name.
Means "little seal", derived from Irish rón "seal" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Variant of RHONDA.
Derived from Hebrew רוֹן (ron) meaning "song, joy".
RONGf & mChinese
From Chinese (róng) meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper", (róng) meaning "fuse, harmonize" or (róng) meaning "appearance, form" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
RONI (1)fHebrew
Means "my joy" or "my song" in Hebrew.
RONI (2)fEnglish
Diminutive of VERONICA.
RONI (3)mFinnish
Finnish short form of HIERONYMUS.
RONIT (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of RATHNAIT.
RONIT (2)fHebrew
Strictly feminine form of RON (2).
Invented by Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren, who based it on the middle portion of Juronjaure, the name of a lake in Sweden. Lindgren used it in her book 'Ronia the Robber's Daughter' (Ronia is the English translation).
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element hraban meaning "raven".
RONNETTEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of RONALD or VERONICA.
Diminutive of RONALD.
Finnish form of ROBERT.
Dutch vernacular form of ROSA (1), meaning "rose" in Dutch.
From a Dutch surname meaning "rose field". This name is often given in honour of American presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
Diminutive of ROSA (1).
Breton form of ROBERT.
ROQUEmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ROCCO.
From the older Irish name Ríoghbhardán, which meant "little poet king" from Irish Gaelic ríogh "king" combined with bard "poet" and a diminutive suffix.
RORIEmIrish, Scottish
Variant of RORY.
RORYmIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of RUAIDHRÍ.
Short form of ROSALIND, ROSAMUND, and other names beginning with Ros.
ROSA (1)fSpanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).
ROSA (2)fBulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Means "dew" in the South Slavic languages.
ROSABELfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of ROSA (1) and the popular name suffix bel. It was created in the 18th century.
Means "rosary" French.
Italian name meaning "white rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and alba "white". A famous bearer was the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).
ROSALEENfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of ROSALINE. James Clarence Mangan used it as a translation for RÓISÍN in his poem 'Dark Rosaleen' (1846).
Portuguese form of ROSALIA.
ROSALÍAfSpanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of ROSALIA.
ROSALIAfItalian, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
ROSALIEfFrench, German, Dutch, English
French, German and Dutch form of ROSALIA. In the English-speaking this name received a boost after the release of the movie 'Rosalie' (1938), which was based on an earlier musical.
ROSALINfEnglish (Rare)
Medieval variant of ROSALIND.
Derived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and linde "soft, tender". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it was not common. During the Middle Ages its spelling was influenced by the Latin phrase rosa linda "beautiful rose". The name was popularized by Edmund Spencer, who used it in his poetry, and by William Shakespeare, who used it for the heroine in his comedy 'As You Like It' (1599).
ROSALINDAfSpanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
Medieval variant of ROSALIND. This is the name of characters in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1594) and 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
Variant of ROSALINE using the popular name suffix lyn.
Variant of ROSAMUND, in use since the Middle Ages.
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