Meaning & History
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.
Other Languages & CulturesRaginald, Reinald, Reinhold(Ancient Germanic) Ragnvaldr(Ancient Scandinavian) Ragnvald(Danish) Reinoud, Reinout, Ronald(Dutch) Reino(Finnish) Renaud, Reynaud(French) Reinhold, Ronald(German) Raghnall(Irish) Rinaldo, Naldo(Italian) Ragnvald(Norwegian) Reinaldo, Reynaldo, Ronaldo(Portuguese) Raghnall, Ranald, Ronald(Scottish) Reinaldo, Reynaldo(Spanish) Ragnvald(Swedish) Rheinallt(Welsh)
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Entry updated February 28, 2019