Names Starting with R

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ROCHUSmGerman (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of ROCCO, used in occasionally German and Dutch.
ROCÍOfSpanish
Means "dew" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Rocío meaning "Mary of the Dew".
ROCKYmEnglish
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.
RODmEnglish
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).
RODGEmEnglish
Short form of RODGER.
RODGERmEnglish
Variant of ROGER.
RODICAfRomanian
Derived from Slavic rod meaning "fertile".
RODINAfScottish
Scottish feminine form of RODERICK.
RODIONmRussian
Russian form of HERODION.
RODNEYmEnglish
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).
RODOLFITOmSpanish
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).
RODOLPHEmFrench
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.
RODRIGUEmFrench
French form of RODERICK.
RODYAmRussian
Diminutive of RODION.
ROELmDutch
Short form of ROELAND or ROELOF.
ROELANDmDutch
Dutch form of ROLAND.
ROELOFmDutch
Dutch form of RUDOLF.
ROFFEmSwedish
Swedish diminutive of ROLF.
ROGELIOmSpanish
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.
ROGÉRIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of ROGER.
ROGHAYEHfPersian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROGIERmDutch
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.
ROIBEÁRDmIrish
Irish form of ROBERT.
ROIMATAfMaori
Means "tear drop" in Maori.
RÓISfIrish
Irish cognate of ROSE.
RÓISÍNfIrish
Diminutive of RÓIS.
ROKmSlovene
Slovene form of ROCCO.
ROKOmCroatian
Croatian form of ROCCO.
ROKSANAfRussian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
ROKUROmJapanese
Variant transcription of ROKUROU.
ROKUROUmJapanese
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.
ROKUSmDutch
Dutch variant of ROCHUS.
ROLANmRussian
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.
ROLANDEfFrench
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROLANDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROLDÁNmSpanish
Spanish form of ROLAND.
ROLDÃOmPortuguese
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.
ROLLOmEnglish
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.
ROLYmEnglish
Diminutive of ROLAND.
ROMA (1)mRussian
Diminutive of ROMAN.
ROMA (2)fVarious
From the name of the Italian city, commonly called Rome in English.
ROMÀmCatalan
Catalan form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAEUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ROMEO.
ROMAINmFrench
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).
ROMANEfFrench
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANOmItalian
Italian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANUSmLate Roman
Latin form of ROMAN.
ROMÃOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEINmDutch (Rare)
Dutch form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEOmItalian
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".
ROMILIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name derived from the mythological name ROMULUS.
ROMINAfItalian
Possibly a variant of ROMANA.
ROMOLAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
ROMOLOmItalian
Italian form of ROMULUS.
RÓMULOmSpanish
Spanish form of ROMULUS.
RÔMULOmPortuguese
Portuguese 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).
RONALDAfScottish
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONALDOmPortuguese
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.
RÓNÁNmIrish
Means "little seal", derived from Irish rón "seal" combined with a diminutive suffix.
RONDAfEnglish
Variant of RHONDA.
RONENmHebrew
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).
RONJAfSwedish
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).
RONNEmFrisian
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.
RONNYmEnglish
Diminutive of RONALD.
ROOPEmFinnish
Finnish form of ROBERT.
ROOSfDutch
Dutch vernacular form of ROSA (1), meaning "rose" in Dutch.
ROOSEVELTmEnglish
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).
ROOSJEfDutch
Diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROPARZHmBreton
Breton form of ROBERT.
ROQUEmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ROCCO.
RÓRDÁNmIrish
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.
ROSfEnglish
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.
ROSAIREmFrench
Means "rosary" French.
ROSALBAfItalian
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).
ROSÁLIAfPortuguese
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.
ROSALINDfEnglish
Derived from the Germanic elements hros meaning "horse" and lind meaning "soft, tender, flexible". 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.
ROSALINEfEnglish
Medieval variant of ROSALIND. This is the name of characters in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1594) and 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
ROSALYNfEnglish
Variant of ROSALINE using the popular name suffix lyn.
ROSAMONDfEnglish
Variant of ROSAMUND, in use since the Middle Ages.
ROSAMUNDfEnglish (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and mund "protection". The Normans introduced this name to England. It was subsequently influenced by the Latin phrase rosa munda "pure rose". This was the name of the mistress of Henry II, the king of England in the 12th century. She was possibly murdered by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
ROSANAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of ROXANA.
ROSANGELAfItalian
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANGELA.
ROSANNAfItalian, English
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANNA.
ROSANNEfEnglish, Dutch
Combination of ROSE and ANNE (1).
ROSARIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ROSARIO.
ROSÁRIOfPortuguese
Portuguese (feminine) form of ROSARIO.
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.
ROSCOEmEnglish
From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, itself derived from Old Norse "roebuck" and skógr "wood, forest".
ROSEfEnglish, French
Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.
ROSELLAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSELLEfFrench (Rare)
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSEMARYfEnglish
Combination of ROSE and MARY. This name can also be given in reference to the herb, which gets its name from Latin ros marinus meaning "dew of the sea". It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.
ROSEMONDEfFrench
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSENDAfSpanish
Feminine form of ROSENDO.
ROSENDOmSpanish
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.
ROSERfCatalan
Catalan (feminine) form of ROSARIO.
ROSETTAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSHANm & fPersian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSHANAKfPersian, Ancient Persian
Original Persian form of ROXANA.
ROSHANARAfPersian (Archaic)
Possibly means "light of the assembly" in Persian. This was the name of a daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
ROSHEENfIrish
Anglicized form of RÓISÍN.
ROSHNIfIndian, Marathi, Hindi
From Hindi and Marathi रौशनी (raushani) meaning "light, brightness", ultimately of Persian origin.
ROSICAfBulgarian
Variant transcription of ROSITSA.
ROSIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ROSE.
ROSINAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1). This is the name of a character in Rossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville' (1816).
ROSINEfFrench
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSINHAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSITAfSpanish
Spanish diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSITSAfBulgarian
Diminutive of ROSA (2).
ROSLINDISfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSALIND.
ROSMUNDAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSAMUND.
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.
ROSSAfItalian
Means "red" in Italian.
ROSSANAfItalian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSSELLAfItalian
Diminutive of ROSSA.
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".
ROSTOMmGeorgian
Georgian form of ROSTAM.
ROSWELLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "horse spring".
ROSWITHAfGerman
Derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and swinth "strength". This was the name of a 10th-century nun from Saxony who wrote several notable poems and dramas.
ROSYfEnglish
Diminutive of ROSE.
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.
ROWANNEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROWAN.
ROWENAfEnglish
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic name derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wunn "joy, bliss". According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a daughter of the Saxon chief Hengist. Alternatively, Geoffrey may have based it on a Welsh name. It was popularized by Sir Walter Scott, who used it for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819).
ROWLANDmEnglish
Medieval variant of ROLAND.
ROWLEYmEnglish
Variant of ROLY.
RÖWŞENmTurkmen
Turkmen form of ROSHAN.
ROXANAfEnglish, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).
ROXANEfFrench, English, Ancient Greek
French and English form of ROXANA. This is the name of Cyrano's love interest in the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1897).
ROXELANAfHistory
From a Turkish nickname meaning "Ruthenian". This referred to the region of Ruthenia, covering Belarus, Ukraine and western Russia. Roxelana (1502-1558), also known by the name Hürrem, was a slave and then concubine of Süleyman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. She eventually became his wife and produced his heir, Selim II.
ROXIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ROXANA.
ROXYfEnglish
Diminutive of ROXANA.
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".
ROYALmEnglish
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.
ROYCEmEnglish
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".
ROYSEfMedieval English
Medieval variant of ROSE.
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.
ROZfEnglish
Short form of ROSALIND, ROSAMUND, and other names beginning with the same sound.
RÓŻAfPolish
Means "rose" in Polish. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZA (1)fRussian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "rose" in some Slavic languages. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZA (2)fAncient Germanic
Old Germanic short form of feminine names beginning with the element hrod meaning "fame".
ROZABELAfEsperanto
Means "rosy-beautiful" in Esperanto.
ROZÁLIAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIAfPolish, Romanian
Polish and Romanian form of ROSALIA.
ROZÁLIEfCzech
Czech form of ROSALIA.
ROZĀLIJAfLatvian
Latvian form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIYAfRussian
Russian form of ROSALIA.
ROŽĖfLithuanian
Means "rose" in Lithuanian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZENNfBreton
Means "rose" in Breton.
ROZIKAfCroatian
Croatian diminutive of ROZALIJA.
RÓZSAfHungarian
Means "rose" in Hungarian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RÓZSIfHungarian
Diminutive of RÓZSA.
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.
RUADHÁNmIrish
Diminutive of RUADH.
RUAIDHRÍmIrish
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.
RUAIRImScottish
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
RUAIRIDHmScottish
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
RUARAIDHmScottish
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
RUARCmIrish
Probably an Irish form of HRŒREKR, introduced by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. Alternatively it may be derived from Irish ruarc "squall, rainstorm".
RUARIDHmScottish
Scottish cognate of RUAIDHRÍ.
RUBAfArabic
Means "hill" in Arabic.
RUBABfArabic
From an Arabic word referring to a type of stringed musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of Muhammad's grandson Husayn.
RUBEmEnglish
Short form of REUBEN.
RUBEMmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of REUBEN.
RÚBENmPortuguese
Portuguese form of REUBEN.
RUBÉNmSpanish
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.
RUBENAfEsperanto
Means "like a ruby" in Esperanto.
RUBENSmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese variant form of REUBEN.
RUBINAfItalian
Derived from Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
RUBYfEnglish
Simply from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber "red"), which is the birthstone of July. It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.
RUBYEfEnglish
Variant of RUBY.
RUCHELfYiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
RUDESINDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSENDO.
RUDImGerman, Hungarian
Diminutive of RUDOLF.
RÜDIGERmGerman
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).
RUDOLPHmEnglish
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.
RUDYmEnglish
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.
RUEfEnglish
From the name of the bitter medicinal herb, ultimately deriving from Greek ‘ρυτη (rhyte). This is also sometimes used as a short form of RUTH (1).
RUEDImGerman (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive of RUDOLF.
RUFfRussian
Russian form of RUTH (1).
RUFAROfSouthern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
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.
RUGGEROmItalian
Italian form of ROGER.
RUGGIEROmItalian
Italian form of ROGER.
RUHmArabic
Means "spirit" in Arabic.
RUImPortuguese
Variant of RUY.
RUIHAfMaori
Maori form of LOUISA.
RUKİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of RUQAYYAH.
RUKMINIfHinduism
Means "adorned with gold" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of a princess who became the wife of Krishna.
RUMBIDZAIfSouthern African, Shona
Means "praise" in Shona.
RUMENmBulgarian, Macedonian
Means "ruddy, red-cheeked" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
RUMENAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of RUMEN.
RÚNAfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese form of RUNA.
RUNAfNorwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of RUNE.
RÚNARmIcelandic
Icelandic form of RUNAR.
RUNARmNorwegian
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.
RUPAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali
Means "shape, form" in Sanskrit.
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.
RUPERTAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of RUPERT.
RUPERTOmSpanish
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".
RUQAYYAfArabic
Variant transcription of RUQAYYAH.
RUQAYYAHfArabic
Derived either from Arabic رقى (ruqia) meaning "rise, ascent" or from رقية (ruqyah) meaning "spell, charm, incantation". This was the name of one of the daughters of the Prophet Muhammad. She became a wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims.
RURIKmRussian
Russian form of the Old Norse name HRŒREKR.
RÜŞENm & fTurkish
Turkish form of ROSHAN.
RUSIKOfGeorgian
Diminutive of RUSUDAN.