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From the Hebrew name רֵחַבְעָם (Rechav'am) meaning "he enlarges the people". In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Solomon. He succeeded his father as king of Israel, but his subjects eventually revolted because of high taxes. This resulted in the division of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, with Rehoboam ruling Judah.
Czech form of GREGORY.
From a surname, a Scots variant of REED.
From the Old Norse name Hreiðarr which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and arr "warrior".
Finnish form of GREGORY.
REILLYm & fEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname which was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
Finnish form of RAYMOND.
German form of RAYMOND.
REINmGerman, Frisian, Dutch
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
REINALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNOLD.
REINALDOmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of REYNOLD.
Dutch form of RAYNER.
Finnish form of REYNOLD.
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
Turkish form of RAIS.
Finnish form of GREGORY.
Limburgish form of RAYMOND. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Raymond.
From a Germanic name which was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and brand "sword". This name belonged to the 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.
Variant of RÉMY.
REMIELmJudeo-Christian Legend
Possibly means "God exalts" in Hebrew. The Book of Enoch names him as one of the seven archangels. He is also named Jeremiel.
REMIGIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
Latin form of RÉMY.
Polish form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
Italian form of REMUS.
REMUSmRoman Mythology, Romanian
Meaning unknown. In Roman legend Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome. Remus was later slain by Romulus.
French form of the Latin name Remigius, which was derived from Latin remigis "oarsman". Saint Rémy was a 5th-century bishop who converted and baptized Clovis, king of the Franks.
RENm & fJapanese
From Japanese (ren) meaning "lotus", (ren) meaning "love", or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
RENARDmFrench (Rare)
French form of REYNARD. Because of the medieval character Reynard the Fox, renard became a French word meaning "fox".
Russian form of RENATUS. In some cases Communist parents may have bestowed it as an acronym of революсия наука техника (revolyusiya nauka tekhnika) meaning "revolution, science, technics" or революсия наука труд (revolyusiya nauka trud) meaning "revolution, science, labour".
RENATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENATUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "born again".
French form of REYNOLD. This name was used in medieval French literature for the hero Renaud de Montauban, a young man who flees with his three brothers from the court of Charlemagne after killing the king's nephew. Charlemagne pardons the brothers on the condition that they enter the Crusades.
RENEm & fEnglish
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
RENÉmFrench, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
Limburgish form of RAYNER.
Short form of LAURENS or EMERENS.
Turkish form of RASHID.
RETOmGerman (Swiss)
Means "of Rhaetia". Rhaetia is a region in eastern Switzerland that got its name from the Rhaeti, a Celtic tribe who originally inhabited the area.
REUBENmBiblical, Hebrew, English
Means "behold, a son" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Reuben was cursed by his father because he slept with Jacob's concubine Bilhah. It has been used as a Christian name in Britain since the Protestant Reformation.
REUELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "friend of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is another name for Jethro. The fantasy author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a famous bearer.
Possibly of Persian origin meaning "wealthy, successful".
Variant of REVAZ.
From Latin rex "king". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
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.
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.
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).
Welsh form of RICHARD.
Derived from the Welsh elements rhod "wheel" and rhi "king". This name was borne by a 9th-century Welsh king.
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.
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.
Catalan form of RICHARD.
Lithuanian form of RICHARD.
RICARDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RICHARD.
Latvian form of RICHARD.
Italian form of RICHARD.
Short form of RICHARD.
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]
Diminutive of RICHARD.
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.
RIEN (1)mDutch
Dutch cognate of REIN.
RIEN (2)mDutch
Dutch short form of MARINUS.
Turkish form of RIFAT.
Means "high rank" in Arabic.
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.
Slovene form of RICHARD.
Latvian form of RICHARD.
Short form of HENDRIK, FREDERIK, and other names containing rik.
RIKARDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of RICHARD.
Finnish form of RICHARD.
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.
RINf & mJapanese
From Japanese (rin) meaning "dignified, severe, cold" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
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.
From Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix.
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.
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".
Turkish form of RIDHA.
Turkish form of RIDWAN.
RIZWANmUrdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWAN.
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.
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]
Lithuanian form of ROBERT.
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.
Dutch form of ROBERT.
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.
ROCHUSmGerman (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of ROCCO, used in occasionally German and Dutch.
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.
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.
Dutch form of ROGER.
ROHAN (1)mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada
Derived from Sanskrit रोहण (rohana) meaning "ascending".
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.
Slovene form of ROCCO.
Croatian form of ROCCO.
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 landa 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.
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.
Catalan form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAEUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ROMEO.
French 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".
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".
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.
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).
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.
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 (3)mFinnish
Finnish short form of HIERONYMUS.
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element hraban meaning "raven".
RONNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of RONALD or VERONICA.
Diminutive of RONALD.
Finnish form of ROBERT.
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).
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.
Means "rosary" French.
ROSARIOf & mSpanish, Italian
Means "rosary", and is taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora del Rosario meaning "Our Lady of the Rosary". This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Italian.
From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, which meant "doe wood" in Old Norse.
Spanish form of a Visigothic name composed of the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and sinths "path". This was the name of a 10th-century Galician saint, also known as Rudesind.
ROSHANm & fPersian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSSmScottish, English
From a Scottish and English surname which originally indicated a person from a place called Ross (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), derived from Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), an Antarctic explorer.
ROSTAMmPersian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha "to grow" and takhma "strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 11th-century Persian poet Firdausi recorded his tale in the 'Shahnameh'.
ROSTISLAVmRussian, Czech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rasti "growth" and slava "glory".
Georgian form of ROSTAM.
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "horse spring".
ROTEMm & fHebrew
From the name of a desert plant (species Retama raetam), possibly derived from Hebrew רְתֹם (retom) meaning "to bind".
ROUBENmBiblical Greek, Armenian
Biblical Greek form of REUBEN, as well as a variant transcription of Armenian RUBEN.
ROULmMedieval French, Medieval English
Norman French form of ROLF.
ROWANm & fIrish, English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning "descendant of RUADHÁN". This name can also be given in reference to the rowan tree.
Medieval variant of ROLAND.
Variant of ROLY.
Turkmen form of ROSHAN.
ROYmScottish, English, Dutch
Anglicized form of RUADH. A notable bearer was the Scottish outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy (1671-1734). It is often associated with French roi "king".
From the English word royal, derived (via Old French) from Latin regalis, a derivative of rex "king". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century.
From a surname which was derived from the medieval given name Royse, a variant of ROSE.
ROYDONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "rye hill", from Old English ryge "rye" and dun "hill".
ROYLEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "rye hill" from Old English ryge "rye" and hyll "hill".
ROYSTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "town of Royse". The given name Royse was a medieval variant of ROSE.
RUm & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "scholar", () meaning "like, as, if", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
RUADHmIrish, Scottish
Gaelic byname meaning "red", often a nickname for one with red hair. This was the nickname of the Scottish outlaw Raibeart Ruadh MacGregor (1671-1734), known as Rob Roy in English.
Diminutive of RUADH.
Means "red king" from Irish ruadh "red" combined with "king". This was the name of the last high king of Ireland, reigning in the 12th century.
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
Probably an Irish form of HRŒREKR, introduced by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. Alternatively it may be derived from Irish ruarc "squall, rainstorm".
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
Short form of REUBEN.
RUBEMmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of REUBEN.
Portuguese form of REUBEN.
Spanish form of REUBEN.
RUBENmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Armenian, Biblical Latin
Scandinavian, Dutch, French and Armenian form of REUBEN. This was the name of an 11th-century Armenian ruler of Cilicia.
RUBENSmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese variant form of REUBEN.
RUDESINDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSENDO.
RUDImGerman, Hungarian
Diminutive of RUDOLF.
German form of ROGER.
RUDOm & fSouthern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
RUDOLFmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Armenian
From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wulf "wolf". It was borne by three kings of Burgundy, as well as several Habsburg rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. Anthony Hope used this name for the hero in his popular novel 'The Prisoner of Zenda' (1894).
English form of RUDOLF, imported from Germany in the 19th century. Robert L. May used it in 1939 for his Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Diminutive of RUDOLF.
RUDYARDmEnglish (Rare)
From a place name meaning "red yard" in Old English. This name was borne by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the author of 'The Jungle Book' and other works, who was named after Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.
RUEDImGerman (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive of RUDOLF.
RUFINOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUFINUS.
RUFINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from the cognomen RUFUS. It was borne by several early saints.
RUFUSmAncient Roman, English, Biblical
Roman cognomen which meant "red-haired" in Latin. Several early saints had this name, including one mentioned in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament. As a nickname it was used by William II Rufus, a king of England, because of his red hair. It came into general use in the English-speaking world after the Protestant Reformation.
Italian form of ROGER.
Italian form of ROGER.
Means "spirit" in Arabic.
Variant of RUY.
RUMENmBulgarian, Macedonian
Means "ruddy, red-cheeked" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Icelandic form of RUNAR.
Derived from the Old Norse elements rún "secret lore" and arr "warrior". This name did not exist in Old Norse, but was created in the modern era.
RUNEmNorwegian, Danish, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse rún meaning "secret lore".
RÚNImAncient Scandinavian, Faroese
Old Norse and Faroese form of RUNE.
RUPERTmGerman, Dutch, English
German variant form of ROBERT. The military commander Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a nephew of Charles I, introduced this name to England in the 17th century.
Spanish form of RUPERT.
RUPINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
Means "greatest beauty" from Sanskrit रूप (rupa) meaning "beauty, form" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "greatest".
Russian form of the Old Norse name HRŒREKR.
RÜŞENm & fTurkish
Turkish form of ROSHAN.
RUSLANmRussian, Tatar, Bashkir, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Ossetian, Chechen, Ingush, Avar
Form of YERUSLAN used by Aleksandr Pushkin in his poem 'Ruslan and Ludmila' (1820), which was loosely based on Russian and Tatar folktales of Yeruslan Lazarevich.
Short form of RUSSELL.
From a surname which meant "little red one" in French. A notable bearer of the surname was the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), who wrote on many subjects including logic, epistemology and mathematics. He was also a political activist for causes such as pacifism and women's rights.
Azerbaijani form of ROSTAM.
RUSTAMmKazakh, Uzbek, Tajik, Azerbaijani
Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik and Azerbaijani form of ROSTAM.
Turkish form of ROSTAM.
From a nickname which was originally given to someone with a rusty, or reddish-brown, hair colour.
Means "prophets, messengers" in Arabic.
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