Names Starting with R

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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.
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.
Variant transcription of RIDHA.
Means "my secret is God" in Hebrew.
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).
Irish form of RAYMOND.
Anglicized form of RÓRDÁN.
Short form of REBECCA.
REBECAfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REBECCA.
French form of REBECCA.
REBECCAfEnglish, Italian, Swedish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah) from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare". This is the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.
Swedish variant of REBECCA.
Hungarian form of REBECCA.
REBEKAHfBiblical, English
Form of REBECCA used in some versions of the Bible.
REBEKKAfGerman, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek
Cognate of REBECCA. It is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
Turkish form of RAJAB.
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.
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
Anglicized form of RHYS.
From an English surname which is derived from Old English read meaning "red", originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
Variant transcription of RIM.
REENAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of RINA (3).
REENIEfEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of RENÉE or a diminutive of names ending in reen.
Anglicized form of RHYS.
Anglicized form of RHYS.
Finnish short form of MARGARET.
Finnish short form of MARGARET.
Turkish form of RAFIQ.
REFILWEm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
Short form of REGINALD.
Meaning unknown, probably of Celtic origin. Shakespeare took the name from earlier British legends and used it in his tragedy 'King Lear' (1606) for a treacherous daughter of the king. In the modern era it has appeared in the horror movie 'The Exorcist' (1973) belonging to a girl possessed by the devil. This name can also be used as a variant of REAGAN.
REGANAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of REGAN, influenced by REGINA.
Variant of REGINA.
Diminutive of REGINALD.
REGINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REIN (1).
REGINAfEnglish, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Means "queen" in Latin (or Italian). It was in use as a Christian name from early times, and was borne by a 2nd-century saint. In England it was used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Virgin Mary, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A city in Canada bears this name, in honour of Queen Victoria.
From Reginaldus, a Latinized form of REYNOLD.
French form of REGINA.
REGINEfGerman, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of REGINA.
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.
REGULAfGerman (Swiss), Late Roman
Means "rule" in Latin. This was the name of a 3rd-century Swiss martyr, the patron saint of Zurich.
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.
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 Japanese (rei) meaning "bell", (rei) meaning "beautiful, lovely" or (rei) meaning "the tinkling of jade". This name can also be formed by other kanji with the same pronunciation.
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".
From the Old Norse name Hreiðunn which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and unnr "to wave, to billow".
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.
REIN (1)mGerman, Frisian, Dutch
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
REIN (2)mEstonian
Estonian short form of RAYNER and other Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
REINA (1)fSpanish
Means "queen" in Spanish.
REINA (2)fYiddish
Derived from Yiddish רֵײן (rein) meaning "clean, pure". It is sometimes used as a Yiddish form of KATHERINE.
REINA (3)fJapanese
From Japanese (rei) meaning "wise" and (na), a phonetic character. This name can also be formed by other combinations of kanji.
REINALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNOLD.
REINALDOmPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of REYNOLD.
Frisian form of REINHARD.
Means "queen" in French.
From a Germanic name which was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hild "battle".
Dutch form of RAYNER.
Finnish form of REYNOLD.
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
Turkish form of RAIS.
Hungarian form of KREKA.
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.
Means "remedies" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, meaning "Our Lady of the Remedies".
Means "remedy" in Catalan, a Catalan equivalent of REMEDIOS.
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, rower". 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.
Latinate feminine form of RENÉ.
English variant of RENÉE.
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".
RENÁTAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak feminine form of RENATUS.
RENATEfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of RENATUS.
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).
RENÉEfFrench, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
English form of RENÉE.
Limburgish form of RAYNER.
Polish diminutive of RENATA.
RENIEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a diminutive of RENEE.
Probably a feminine form of RENATUS. It came into use during the 1950s.
Short form of LAURENS or EMERENS.
Short form of LORENZA.
RESHMIfIndian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "silk", from Hindi रेशम (Resham) and Bengali রেশম (Resham), ultimately of Persian origin.
Turkish feminine form of RASHID.
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.
Means "friend" in Hebrew, making it a variant of the Biblical name Ruth.
REVAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "one that moves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Rati.
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.
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 various English place names meaning "reed clearing" or "channel clearing" in Old English.
Turkish form of RIDWAN.
Means "satisfaction" in Arabic.
Feminine form of RIZWAN.
RIEN (1)mDutch
Dutch cognate of REIN (1).
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, Kazakh
Tatar, Bashkir and Kazakh 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.