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PRUDENCIOmSpanish
Spanish form of PRUDENTIUS.
PRUDENTIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name derived from prudens "prudence, good judgement". This was the name of a 9th-century bishop of Troyes. He is considered a local saint there.
PRUDENZIOmItalian
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
PRYCEmWelsh
Variant of PRICE.
PRYDERImWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "care" in Welsh. According to Welsh legend this was the name of the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon. A central character in the Mabinogion, he succeeds his father as king of Dyfed, but is ultimately killed in single combat with Gwydion.
PRZEMEKmPolish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMKOmPolish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMOmPolish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMYSŁmPolish (Rare)
Polish form of PŘEMYSL. This was the name of a 13th-century king of Poland.
PRZEMYSŁAWmPolish
Medieval variant of PRZEMYSŁ, with the addition of the Slavic element slava.
PTAHmEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "opener" in Egyptian. Ptah was an Egyptian god associated with creation and the arts.
PTOLEMYmHistory
From the Greek name Πτολεμαιος (Ptolemaios), derived from Greek πολεμηιος (polemeios) meaning "aggressive, warlike". Ptolemy was the name of several Greco-Egyptian rulers of Egypt, all descendants of Ptolemy I, one of the generals of Alexander the Great. This was also the name of a Greek astronomer.
PUBLIUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "public" in Latin. This was among the more common of the Roman praenomina, being borne by (among others) the emperor Hadrian and the poet Virgil.
PUCKm & fAnglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch
Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1600).
PUNEETmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of PUNIT.
PUNITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "cleaned, purified" in Sanskrit.
PURDIEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the Norman French expression pur die "by God". It was perhaps originally a nickname for a person who used the oath frequently.
PURNAMAf & mIndonesian
Means "full moon" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्णिमा (purnima).
PURUSHOTTAMAmHinduism
Means "the best man" from Sanskrit पुरुष (purusha) meaning "man" and उत्तम (uttama) meaning "highest". This is another name of either of the Hindu gods Vishnu or Krishna.
PUTERAmMalay
Means "son, prince" in Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
PUTRAmIndonesian
Means "son" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
PUTUm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
PWYLLmWelsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh mythology, Pwyll is a king of Dyfed who pursues and finally marries Rhiannon.
PYLYPmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of PHILIP.
PYONG-HOmKorean
Variant transcription of BYEONG-HO.
PYOTRmRussian
Russian form of PETER. A famous bearer was the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
PYRRHUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πυρρος (Pyrros) which meant "flame-coloured, red", related to πυρ (pyr) "fire". This was another name of Neoptolemus the son of Achilles. This was also the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Epirus.
PYRYmFinnish
Means "snowstorm, blizzard" in Finnish.
PYTHAGORASmAncient Greek
Derived from PYTHIOS, a name of Apollo, combined with Greek αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician from Samos. He was the founder of a school of philosophy whose members believed that numbers described the universe.
PYTHIOSmGreek Mythology
From the Greek place name Πυθω (Pytho), an older name of the city of Delphi, which was probably derived from Greek πυθω (pytho) meaning "to rot". This was an epithet of Apollo.
QADIRmArabic
Means "capable, powerful" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition القادر (al-Qadir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
QAMARm & fArabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
QASIMmArabic, Urdu
Means "one who divides goods among his people", derived from Arabic قسم (qasama) "to share" or "to divide". This was the name of a son of Muhammad who died while young.
QIANGmChinese
From Chinese (qiáng) meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QILLAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "seal hide" in Greenlandic.
QINGf & mChinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QISMATmArabic
Means "fate" in Arabic.
QIUm & fChinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
QUÂNmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quân) meaning "army".
QUANAHmNative American, Comanche
Means "fragrant" in Comanche. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.
QUANGmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quang) meaning "bright, clear".
QUENTINmFrench, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
QUETZALCOATLmAztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "feathered snake" in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli "feather" and coatl "snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.
QUIDELmNative American, Mapuche
Means "burning torch" in Mapuche.
QUINCYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTIUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts.
QUINLANmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Caoinlean meaning "descendant of Caoinlean". The name Caoinlean means "slender" in Gaelic.
QUINNm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of CONN".
QUINTENmEnglish, Dutch
Variant and Dutch form of QUENTIN.
QUINTILIANmHistory
From the Roman cognomen Quintilianus, which was itself derived from the Roman name QUINTILLUS. A notable bearer was the 1st-century rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, simply known as Quintilian in English.
QUINTILIANUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of QUINTILIAN.
QUINTILLUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
QUINTINOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was originally derived from QUINTUS.
QUINTIUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
QUINTOmItalian
Italian form of QUINTUS.
QUINTONmEnglish
Variant of QUENTIN, also coinciding with an English surname meaning "queen's town" in Old English.
QUINTUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "fifth" in Latin. It was traditionally given to the fifth child, or possibly a child born in the fifth month. This was a common praenomen, being more popular than the other numeric Roman names. A notable bearer was the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus).
QUIQUEmSpanish
Diminutive of ENRIQUE.
QUIRIJNmDutch
Dutch form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINmGerman
German form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINOmItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINUSmRoman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god who was later identified with Mars. The name was also borne by several early saints.
QUSAYmArabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi) meaning "distant". This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
QUÝf & mVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
QUYỀNmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quyền) meaning "power, right, authority".
QUỲNHf & mVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red".
RAmEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "sun" in Egyptian. Ra was an important Egyptian sun god originally worshipped in Heliopolis in Lower Egypt. He was usually depicted as a man with the head of a falcon crowned with a solar disc. In later times his attributes were often merged with those of other deities, such as Amon, Atum and Horus.
RAANANmHebrew
Means "fresh, invigorating" in Hebrew.
RABmScottish
Scottish short form of ROBERT.
RABANmAncient Germanic
From a Germanic byname derived from hraban meaning "raven".
RABBIEmScottish
Scottish diminutive of ROBERT.
RABI (1)mArabic
Means "springtime" in Arabic.
RABI (2)mBengali
Bengali variant of RAVI.
RABINDRAmBengali
Bengali form of RAVINDRA.
RACŁAWmPolish
Short form of RADOSŁAW.
RA'DmArabic
Means "thunder" in Arabic. This is the name of the 13th chapter of the Qur'an (surah ar-Rad).
RADBOUDmDutch
Derived from the Germanic elements rad meaning "counsel" and bodo meaning "command, order".
RADCLIFFmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "red cliff" in Old English.
RADCLYFFEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of RADCLIFF.
RADEmSerbian, Croatian
Originally a diminutive of MILORAD and other Slavic names containing the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADEKmCzech, Polish
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADHAf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RADIMmCzech
Short form of RADOMIR.
RADIMIRmRussian
Russian variant of RADOMIR.
RADKOmBulgarian, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad "happy, willing".
RADMILOmSerbian
Serbian form of RADOMIL.
RADOBODmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RADBOUD.
RADOMILmCzech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and milu "gracious, dear".
RADOMÍRmCzech
Czech form of RADOMIR.
RADOMIRmSerbian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
RADOŠmCzech
Short form of RADOSLAV, RADOMIR, and other names beginning with the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADOSŁAWmPolish
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and slava "glory".
RADOVANmSlovak, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with another element of unknown meaning.
RADUmRomanian
Old Romanian diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad "happy, willing". This was the name of a 13th-century ruler of Wallachia.
RADULFmAncient Germanic
Germanic cognate of RÁÐÚLFR.
RADÚZmCzech (Rare)
Derived from the Czech word rád "happy, glad". The Czech author Julius Zeyer probably created it for a character in his play 'Radúz and Mahulena' (1898).
RAEBURNmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "stream where does drink" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was Scottish portrait painter Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).
RAFmDutch
Short form of RAFAËL.
RAFAmSpanish
Spanish short form of RAFAEL.
RAFA'ELmBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of RAPHAEL. This name does not appear in any surviving Hebrew text of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
RAFAËLmDutch
Dutch form of RAPHAEL.
RAFAILmGreek, Russian
Greek and Russian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFAŁmPolish
Polish form of RAPHAEL.
RAFEmEnglish
Variant of RALPH. This form became common during the 17th century, reflecting the usual pronunciation.
RAFFAELmGerman
German variant of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELEmItalian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLOmItalian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFERTYmEnglish
From an Irish surname which was an Anglicized form of Ó Rabhartaigh meaning "descendant of Rabhartach". The given name Rabhartach means "flood tide".
RAFINHAmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of RAFAEL.
RAFIQmArabic, Urdu
Means either "friend" or "gentle" in Arabic.
RAGANHARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAYNER.
RAGHUmHinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam
Means "swift" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a heroic king in Hindu epics, the great-grandfather of Rama. It is also mentioned as the name of a son of Buddha in Buddhist texts.
RAGINALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNOLD.
RAGINHARDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNARD.
RAGINMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAMIRO.
RAGINMUNDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAYMOND.
RAGNARmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of RAYNER.
RAGNVALDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of RAGNVALDR.
RAGNVALDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse name composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and valdr "power, ruler" (making it a cognate of REYNOLD).
RAGUELmJudeo-Christian Legend
Means "friend of God" in Hebrew. The Book of Enoch names him as one of the seven archangels.
RAHARJOmIndonesian, Javanese
Means "plentiful, abundant" in Javanese.
RAHATm & fArabic
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
RAHEEMmArabic
Variant transcription of RAHIM.
RAHIMmArabic
Means "kind, compassionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحيم (al-Rahim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMANmArabic, Persian, Indonesian, Malay
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمان (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMİmTurkish
Means "merciful" in Turkish, ultimatey from Arabic.
RAHULmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Possibly means "able, efficient" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a son of Gautama Buddha.
RAIBEARTmScottish
Scottish form of ROBERT.
RAIDENmFar Eastern Mythology
Variant transcription of RAIJIN. This is the usual spelling of the god's name in English.
RAIJINmFar Eastern Mythology
From Japanese (rai) meaning "thunder" and (jin) meaning "god, spirit". This is the name of the god of thunder and storms in the mythology of Japan.
RAIMOmFinnish
Finnish form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONmCatalan
Catalan variant form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDOmItalian
Italian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDSmLatvian
Latvian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMUNDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RAYMOND.
RAIN (1)f & mEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word rain, derived from Old English regn.
RAIN (2)mEstonian
Estonian short form of RAYNER and other Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
RAINEf & mEnglish (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.
RAINERIOmSpanish
Spanish form of RAYNER.
RAISmArabic
Means "leader, chief" in Arabic.
RAJmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "empire, royalty", from Sanskrit राज्य (rajya).
RAJA (2)mUrdu, Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, Indonesian
Means "king, ruler", from Sanskrit राजन् (rajan).
RAJABmArabic
Means "respect" in Arabic. This is the name of the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.
RAJANIf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
RAJEEVmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Variant transcription og of RAJIV.
RAJENDERmIndian, Hindi
Variant transcription of RAJENDRA.
RAJENDRAmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Nepali
Means "lord of kings", derived from Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord". This was the name of two 11th-century rulers of the Chola empire in southern India.
RAJESHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "ruler of kings" from Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler".
RAJIBmBengali
Bengali form of RAJIV.
RAJINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant of RAJENDRA used by Sikhs.
RAJIVmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Means "striped" in Sanskrit. This is used to refer to the blue lotus in Hindu texts.
RAJKOmCroatian
Derived from Croatian raj meaning "paradise".
RAJMUNDmPolish, Hungarian, Slovene
Polish, Hungarian and Slovene form of RAYMOND.
RAJNEESHmIndian, Hindi
Variant transcription of RAJNISH.
RAJNISHmIndian, Hindi
Means "lord of the night" from Sanskrit रजनि (rajani) meaning "night" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler". This is another name for the moon in Hindu texts.
RAKESHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu
Means "lord of the full moon" from Sanskrit राका (raka) meaning "full moon" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler".
RALEIGHmEnglish
From a surname which was from a place name meaning either "red clearing" or "roe deer clearing" in Old English.
RALPHmEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Contracted form of the Old Norse name RÁÐÚLFR (or its Norman form Radulf). Scandinavian settlers introduced it to England before the Norman conquest, though afterwards it was bolstered by Norman influence. In the Middle Ages it was usually spelled Ralf, but by the 17th century it was most commonly Rafe, reflecting the normal pronunciation. The Ralph spelling appeared in the 18th century. A famous bearer of the name was Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American poet and author who wrote on transcendentalism.
RALPHIEmEnglish
Diminutive of RALPH.
RAM (1)mBiblical
Means "exalted" in Hebrew. This was a son of Hezron in the Old Testament.
RAMA (1)mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "pleasing, beautiful" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of an incarnation of the god Vishnu. He is the hero of the 'Ramayana', a Hindu epic, which tells of the abduction of his wife Sita by the demon king Ravana, and his efforts to recapture her.
RAMACHANDRAmHinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu
Derived from the name of the Hindu god RAMA (1) combined with Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra) meaning "moon". This is another name of Rama.
RAMADANmArabic
From the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is derived from Arabic رمض (ramad) meaning "parchedness, scorchedness". Muslims traditionally fast during this month.
RAMAKRISHNAmIndian, Telugu, Kannada
Combination of the names of the Hindu gods RAMA (1) and KRISHNA. This name was borne by the Hindu religious teacher Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886).
RAMAZmGeorgian
Possibly a Georgian form of RAMADAN.
RAMAZANmTurkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh
Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar and Kazakh form of RAMADAN.
RAMAZImGeorgian
Variant of RAMAZ.
RAMBERTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hramn "raven" and beraht "bright".
RAMESESmAncient Egyptian (Hellenized)
From Egyptian Ra-msj-sw meaning "born of Ra", composed of the name of the supreme god RA combined with the Egyptian root mesu "be born". Rameses was the name of eleven Egyptian kings of the New Kingdom. The most important of these were Rameses II the Great who campaigned against the Hittites and also built several great monuments, and Rameses III who defended Egypt from the Libyans and Sea Peoples.
RAMESHAmHinduism
Means "husband of Lakshmi", derived from RAMA (2), a name of Lakshmi, combined with ईश (isha) meaning "ruler, husband". This is one of the names of the Hindu god Vishnu.
RAMESHVARAmHinduism
Means "lord of Rama", derived from the name of the Hindu god RAMA (1) combined with Sanskrit ईश्वर (ishvara) meaning "lord, god". This is another name for the Hindu god Shiva.
RAMESSUmAncient Egyptian
Reconstructed Egyptian form of RAMESES.
RAMIROmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Ramirus, a Latinized form of a Visigothic name derived from the Germanic elements ragin "advice" and mari "famous". Saint Ramirus was a 6th-century prior of the Saint Claudius Monastery in Leon. He and several others were executed by the Arian Visigoths, who opposed orthodox Christianity. This name was subsequently borne by kings of León, Asturias and Aragon.
RAMIRUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Raginmar (see RAMIRO).
RAMÓNmSpanish
Spanish form of RAYMOND.
RAMONmCatalan
Catalan form of RAYMOND.
RAMSEYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "wild-garlic island" in Old English.
RAMŪNASmLithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian ramus meaning "calm" combined with the patronymic suffix ūnas.
RANA (2)mPunjabi, Urdu, Bengali
From the Sanskrit title राणा (rana) meaning "king".
RANALDmScottish
Scottish form of REYNOLD.
RANDALLmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name RANDEL.
RANDELmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of RANDOLF and other names beginning with the Germanic element rand meaning "rim (of a shield)".
RANDOLFmEnglish
From the Germanic elements rand meaning "rim (of a shield)" and wulf meaning "wolf". The Normans brought this name to England, where there existed already an Old Norse cognate Randúlfr, which had been introduced by Scandinavian settlers. Randolf became rare after the Middle Ages, though it was revived in the 18th century (usually in the spelling Randolph).
RANDOLPHmEnglish
Variant of RANDOLF. This spelling was adopted in the 18th century.
RANDULFmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RANDOLF.
RANDYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RANGImMaori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "sky" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Rangi or Ranginui was a god of the sky, husband of the earth goddess Papa. They were locked in a crushing embrace but were eventually separated by their children, the other gods.
RANIEROmItalian
Italian form of RAYNER.
RANJEETmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Variant transcription of RANJIT.
RANJITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "coloured, pleased, delighted" in Sanskrit. A famous bearer was Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the founder of a Sikh kingdom that covered most of the Punjab and Kashmir.
RANKOmSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic word ранъ (ranu) meaning "early".
RANSUmFinnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
RANULFmScottish
Scottish form of the Old Norse name Randúlfr, a cognate of RANDOLF. Scandinavian settlers and invaders introduced this name to Scotland in the Middle Ages.
RAOULmFrench, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAPHAËLmFrench
French form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAELmGerman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name רָפָאֵל (Rafa'el) which meant "God heals", from the roots רָפָא (rafa') meaning "to heal" and אֵל (el) meaning "God". In Hebrew tradition Raphael is the name of an archangel. He appears in the Book of Tobit, in which he disguises himself as a man named Azarias and accompanies Tobias on his journey to Media, aiding him along the way. In the end he cures Tobias's father Tobit of his blindness. He is not mentioned in the New Testament, though tradition identifies him with the angel troubling the water in John 5:4.... [more]
RƏŞADmAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of RASHAD.
RASELmBengali
Bengali form of RASUL.
RASHADmArabic, Azerbaijani
Means "good sense, good guidance" in Arabic.
RASHAUNmAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the prefix Ra with the name SHAUN.
RASHAWNmAfrican American (Modern)
Combination of the prefix Ra with the name SHAWN.
RASHEDmArabic
Variant transcription of راشد (RASHID).
RASHEEDmArabic
Variant transcription of رشيد (RASHID).
RASHIDmArabic
Means "rightly guided" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرشيد (al-Rashid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RASHMIf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "ray of sunlight" or "rope" in Sanskrit.
RASHNmPersian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Rashnu meaning "justice". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata who judged the souls of the dead.
RASHNUmPersian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of RASHN.
RASİMmTurkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of RASIM.
RASIMmArabic
Means "planner, architect" in Arabic.
RASMUSmDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian
Scandinavian, Finnish and Estonian form of ERASMUS.
RASULmArabic, Avar
Means "prophet, messenger" in Arabic.
RATHNAf & mTamil
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RÁÐÚLFRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
RATIMIRmCroatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rati meaning "war, battle" and miru meaning "peace, world".
RATKOmCroatian, Serbian
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element rati meaning "war, battle".
RATNAf & mIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Nepali, Indonesian
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (ratna) meaning "jewel, treasure". This is a transcription of both the feminine form रत्ना and the masculine form रत्न.
RATNAMm & fIndian, Telugu
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RATOMIRmSerbian
Serbian form of RATIMIR.
RAUFmArabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
RAÚLmSpanish
Spanish form of RADULF.
RAULmPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAVENf & mEnglish
From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English hræfn. The raven is revered by several Native American groups of the west coast. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin.
RAVImHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "sun" in Sanskrit. Ravi is a Hindu god of the sun, sometimes equated with Surya. A famous bearer was the musician Ravi Shankar (1920-2012).
RAVIDm & fHebrew
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
RAVILmTatar
Meaning unknown, possibly of Arabic origin.
RAVINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant of RAVINDRA used by Sikhs.
RAVINDRAmHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada
Means "lord of the sun" from Sanskrit रवि (ravi) meaning "sun" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord". This is another name for the Hindu god Surya.
RAYmEnglish
Short form of RAYMOND, often used as an independent name. It coincides with an English word meaning "beam of light". Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) and musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) are two notable bearers of the name.
RAYANm & fArabic
Variant transcription of RAYYAN.
RAYKOmBulgarian
Bulgarian variant of RADKO.
RAYMONDmEnglish, French
From the Germanic name Raginmund, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and mund "protector". The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Reimund. It was borne by several medieval (mostly Spanish) saints, including Saint Raymond Nonnatus, the patron of midwives and expectant mothers, and Saint Raymond of Peñafort, the patron of canonists.
RAYMUNDOmSpanish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish and Portuguese form of RAYMOND.
RAYNERmEnglish (Archaic)
From the Germanic name Raganhar, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hari "army". The Normans brought this name to England where it came into general use, though it was rare by the end of the Middle Ages.
RAYNOmBulgarian
Bulgarian variant of RADKO.
RAYYANm & fArabic
Means "watered, luxuriant" in Arabic. According to Islamic tradition this is the name of one of the gates of paradise.
RAZm & fHebrew
Means "secret" in Hebrew.
RAZAmArabic
Variant transcription of RIDHA.
RĂZVANmRomanian
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the name RADOVAN. Alternatively it may have been brought to Romania from India by Gypsies, and may mean something like "bringer of good news".
REmEgyptian Mythology
Variant spelling of RA.
READmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of REED.
REAGANf & mEnglish (Modern), Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendant of RIAGÁN". This surname was borne by American president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
RÉAMANNmIrish
Irish form of RAYMOND.
REARDENmIrish
Anglicized form of RÓRDÁN.
RECEPmTurkish
Turkish form of RAJAB.
REDmEnglish
From the English word, ultimately derived from Old English read. It was originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
REDMONDmIrish
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
REDMUNDmIrish
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
REECEmWelsh
Anglicized form of RHYS.
REEDmEnglish
From an English surname which comes from multiple sources, including Old English read meaning "red" (originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion) and Old English ried meaning "clearing" (given to a person who lived in a clearing in the woods).
REESmWelsh
Anglicized form of RHYS.
REESEmWelsh
Anglicized form of RHYS.
REFİKmTurkish
Turkish form of RAFIQ.
REFILWEm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
REGmEnglish
Short form of REGINALD.
REGGIEmEnglish
Diminutive of REGINALD.
REGINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REIN.
REGINALDmEnglish
From Reginaldus, a Latinized form of REYNOLD.
RÉGISmFrench
From a surname meaning "ruler" in Occitan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Jean-François Régis, a 17th-century French Jesuit priest.
RÉGULOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REGULUS.
REGULUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "prince, little king", a diminutive of Latin rex "king". This was the cognomen of several 3rd-century BC consuls from the gens Atilia. It was also the name of several early saints. A star in the constellation Leo bears this name as well.
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