Feminine Names

gender
usage
Rava f Esperanto
Means "lovely, delightful" in Esperanto.
Raven f & m English
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.
Ravenna f English (Rare)
Either an elaboration of Raven, or else from the name of the city of Ravenna in Italy.
Ravid m & f Hebrew
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
Ravinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of Ravindra used by Sikhs.
Ravza f Turkish
Turkish form of Rawda.
Rawda f Arabic
Means "meadow, garden" in Arabic.
Rawiya f Arabic
Means "storyteller", derived from Arabic روى (rawa) meaning "to relate".
Rawya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic راوية (see Rawiya).
Raya f Bulgarian, Russian
Diminutive of Rayna 1 or Raisa 1.
Rayan m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ريّان (see Rayyan).
Rayhana f Arabic
Means "basil" in Arabic. This was the name of a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.
Raylene f English (Rare)
Combination of Ray and the popular name suffix lene.
Raymonde f French
French feminine form of Raymond.
Rayna 1 f Bulgarian
Either a Bulgarian form of Regina or a feminine form of Rayno.
Rayna 2 f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish ריינאַ (see Reina 2).
Rayyan m & f Arabic
Means "watered, luxuriant" in Arabic. According to Islamic tradition this is the name of one of the gates of paradise.
Raz m & f Hebrew
Means "secret" in Hebrew.
Raziela f Hebrew (Rare)
Feminine form of Raziel.
Reagan f & m English (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).
Reba f English
Short form of Rebecca.
Rebeca f Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian form of Rebecca.
Rébecca f French
French form of Rebecca.
Rebecca f English, 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.
Rebecka f Swedish
Swedish variant of Rebecca.
Rebeka f Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Slovene, Czech and Slovak form of Rebecca.
Rebekah f Biblical, English
Form of Rebecca used in some versions of the Bible.
Rebekka f German, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Dutch (Rare)
Form of Rebecca used in various languages.
Reem f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ريم (see Rim).
Reena f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi रीना (see Rina 3).
Reenie f English (Rare)
Either a variant of Renée or a diminutive of names ending in reen.
Reese m & f Welsh, English
Anglicized form of Rhys, also used as a feminine form.
Reet f Estonian
Estonian short form of Margareeta, used independently.
Reeta f Finnish
Finnish short form of Margaret, used independently.
Reetta f Finnish
Finnish short form of Margaret, used independently.
Refilwe m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana, derived from filwe "given".
Regan f & m Literature, English
Meaning unknown. In the chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth it is the name of a treacherous daughter of King Leir. Shakespeare adapted the story for his tragedy King Lear (1606). 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.
Regana f English (Rare)
Elaboration of Regan, influenced by Regina.
Regena f English
Variant of Regina.
Regīna f Latvian
Latvian form of Regina.
Regina f English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, 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.
Régine f French
French form of Regina.
Regine f German, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of Regina.
Regula f German (Swiss), Late Roman
Means "rule" in Latin. This was the name of a 3rd-century Swiss martyr, the patron saint of Zurich.
Rehema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "mercy, compassion" in Swahili, from Arabic رحمة (rahmah).
Rei f Japanese
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.
Reidun f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðunn, which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and unnr "to wave, to billow".
Reign f & m English (Modern)
From the English word reign, derived from Latin regnum "royal power".
Reilly m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
Reina 1 f Spanish
Means "queen" in Spanish.
Reina 2 f Yiddish
Derived from Yiddish ריין (rein) meaning "clean, pure".
Reina 3 f Japanese
From Japanese (rei) meaning "wise" and (na), a phonetic character. This name can also be formed by other combinations of kanji.
Reine f French
Means "queen" in French.
Reinhild f German
From a Germanic name that was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hild "battle".
Réka f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Kreka.
Remedios f Spanish
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".
Remei f Catalan
Means "remedy" in Catalan, a Catalan equivalent of Remedios.
Remington m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from the name of the town of Rimington in Lancashire, itself meaning "settlement on the Riming stream". It may be given in honour of the American manufacturer Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861) or his sons, founders of the firearms company that bears their name.
Ren m & f Japanese
From Japanese (ren) meaning "lotus", (ren) meaning "love", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Rena f English
Latinate feminine form of René.
Renae f English
English variant of Renée.
Renáta f Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak feminine form of Renatus.
Renāte f Latvian
Latvian feminine form of Renatus.
Renate f German, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Renatus.
Rene m & f English
English form of René or Renée.
Renée f French, Dutch
French feminine form of René.
Renee f English
English form of Renée.
Renia f Polish
Polish diminutive of Renata.
Renie f English (Rare)
Possibly a diminutive of Renee.
Renita f English
Probably a feminine form of Renatus. It came into use during the 1950s.
Renske f Dutch
Feminine form of Rens.
Renza f Italian
Short form of Lorenza.
Reshmi f Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "silk", from Hindi रेशम (Resham) and Bengali রেশম (Resham), ultimately of Persian origin.
Reşide f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Rashid.
Reut f Hebrew
Means "friendship‏‏‏‏" in Hebrew, making it a variant of the Biblical name Ruth.
Reva f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "one that moves" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Rati.
Rexanne f English (Rare)
Variant of Roxane influenced by Rex.
Reyes f & m Spanish
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.
Reyhan f Turkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of Rayhana.
Reyhangül f Uyghur
Uyghur elaboration of Reyhan using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".
Reyna f Spanish
Variant of Reina 1.
Rhachel f Biblical Greek
Form of Rachel used in the Greek Old Testament.
Rhea f Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology
Meaning unknown, perhaps related to ῥέω (rheo) meaning "to flow" or ἔρα (era) meaning "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.
Rhebekka f Biblical Greek
Form of Rebecca used in the Greek Old Testament.
Rheie f Greek Mythology
Greek variant of Rhea.
Rhetta f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Rhett.
Rhian f Welsh
Derived from Welsh rhiain meaning "maiden".
Rhianna f English (Modern)
Probably a variant of Rhiannon.
Rhiannon f Welsh, 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]
Rhianon f Welsh
Variant of Rhiannon.
Rhianu f Welsh
Variant of Rhian.
Rhoda f Biblical, English
Derived from Greek ῥόδον (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.
Rhodopis f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ῥόδον (rhodon) meaning "rose" and ὄψ (ops) meaning "face, eye". According to Herodotus this was the name of a prostitute who was a slave with Aesop on Samos. The same figure appears in the 1st-century BC writings of Strabo, which recount the tale of a slave named Rhodopis who marries the Egyptian pharaoh after he finds her sandal and has his men locate the owner. Some sources spell her name as Rhodope.
Rhona f Scottish
Possibly derived from the name of the Hebridean island Rona, which means "rough island" in Gaelic.
Rhonda f English
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.
Rhonwen f Welsh
Welsh form of Rowena, appearing in medieval Welsh poems and stories. It also coincides with Welsh rhon "spear" and gwen "fair, white, blessed".
Rhosyn f Welsh (Rare)
Means "rose" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
Rhouth f Biblical Greek
Form of Ruth 1 used in the Greek Old Testament.
Rhoxane f Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Roxana.
Ria f German, Dutch
Short form of Maria.
Rianne f Dutch
Combination of Ria and Anne 1. It can also be a short form of names ending in rianne.
Riannon f Welsh
Variant of Rhiannon.
Rica f English (Rare)
Short form of Frederica and other names ending in rica.
Ricarda f Spanish, German
Spanish and German feminine form of Richard.
Riccarda f Italian
Italian feminine form of Richard.
Richa f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali
Means "praise, verse, sacred text" in Sanskrit.
Richardine f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Richard.
Richelle f English
Variant of Rachel or Rochelle, probably influenced by Michelle.
Richmal f English (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.
Ricki m & f English
Masculine and feminine diminutive of Richard.
Ricmod f & m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element ric "ruler, mighty" combined with muot "spirit, mind".
Ridley m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from various English place names meaning "reed clearing" or "channel clearing" in Old English.
Ridwana f Arabic
Feminine form of Rizwan.
Rifka f Yiddish
Yiddish variant of Rivka.
Rigantona f Celtic Mythology (Hypothetical)
Reconstructed old Celtic form of Rhiannon.
Rigmor f Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian form of Ricmod.
Rihanna f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رَيحانة (see Rayhana).
Riika f Finnish
Variant of Riikka.
Riikka f Finnish
Finnish short form of Fredrika, Henriikka and other names ending in rika.
Riin f Estonian
Short form of Katariina.
Riina f Finnish, Estonian
Short form of Katariina.
Riitta f Finnish
Finnish short form of Piritta.
Rika f Swedish, Dutch
Short form of Fredrika, Henrika and other names ending in rika.
Rike f German
German short form of Friederike, Henrike and other names ending in rike.
Rikke f Danish
Danish short form of Frederikke.
Rikki f English (Modern)
Feminine form of Ricky.
Riko f Japanese
From Japanese (ri) meaning "white jasmine" or (ri) meaning "reason, logic" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Riley m & f English
From a surname that 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.
Rilla f English
Meaning unknown, perhaps a short form of names ending in rilla.
Rim f Arabic
Means "white antelope" in Arabic.
Rin f & m Japanese
From Japanese (rin) meaning "dignified, severe, cold" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Rina 1 f Italian, Dutch
Short form of Caterina or Catharina as well as other names ending in rina.
Rina 2 f Hebrew
Means "joy, singing" in Hebrew.
Rina 3 f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Possibly from Sanskrit रीण (rina) meaning "melted".
Rina 4 f Japanese
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.
Rinat 2 f Hebrew
Variant of Rina 2.
Rini m & f Dutch
Diminutive of Marinus, Marina or Catharina.
Riny m & f Dutch
Diminutive of Marinus, Marina or Catharina.
Rio 1 m & f Various
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 f Japanese
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.
Ríoghnach f Irish Mythology
Derived from Irish ríoghan meaning "queen". In Irish legend this was a wife of the Irish king Niall.
Ríona f Irish
Either a variant of Ríoghnach or a short form of Catriona.
Ripley f & m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from the name of various English towns, from Old English ripel "strip of land" and leah "clearing". A famous fictional bearer was the character Ellen Ripley (usually only called by her surname) from the Alien series of movies, beginning 1979.
Rīta f Latvian (Rare)
Possibly derived from Latvian rīts meaning "morning". Alternatively it could be a Latvian variant of Rita.
Rita f Italian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Lithuanian
Short form of Margherita and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
Ritika f Indian, Hindi
Means either "movement, stream" or "brass" in Sanskrit.
Ritu f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "season, period" in Sanskrit.
Ritva f Finnish
Means "birch branch" in Finnish.
Riva f Hebrew
Diminutive of Rivka.
River m & f English (Modern)
From the English word that denotes a flowing body of water. The word is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Latin ripa "riverbank".
Rivka f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of Rebecca.
Rivqah f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Rebecca.
Riya f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "singer" in Sanskrit.
Rizwana f Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of Ridwana, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
Robbie m & f English
Diminutive of Robert or Roberta.
Robena f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Robin.
Roberte f French
French feminine form of Robert.
Robertina f Spanish, Italian (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of Roberto.
Robin m & f English, French, Dutch, Swedish, Czech
Medieval English diminutive of Robert, now usually regarded as an independent name. 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.
Robina f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Robin. It originated in Scotland in the 17th century.
Robyn f English
Feminine variant of Robin.
Robynne f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Robin.
Rochel f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Rachel.
Rochelle f English
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.
Rocío f Spanish
Means "dew" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Rocío meaning "Mary of the Dew".
Rodica f Romanian
Derived from Slavic rod meaning "fertile".
Rodina f Scottish
Scottish feminine form of Roderick.
Roghayeh f Persian
Persian form of Ruqayyah.
Rohan 2 f Literature
From the novel The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, where it is a place name meaning "horse country" in the fictional language Sindarin.
Rohese f Medieval English
Norman French form of Hrodohaidis.
Rohesia f Medieval English (Latinized)
Latinized form of the medieval name Rohese (see Rose).
Roimata f Maori
Means "tear drop" in Maori.
Róis f Irish (Rare)
From the vocative case of Irish rós meaning "rose" (a cognate of Rose).
Róise f Irish
Variant of Róis.
Róisín f Irish
Diminutive of Irish rós meaning "rose" (a cognate of Rose).
Roksana f Russian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of Roxana.
Roksolana f Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian form of Roxelana.
Rolande f French
French feminine form of Roland.
Roma 2 f Various
From the name of the Italian city, commonly called Rome in English.
Romaine f French, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see Roman).
Romána f Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian feminine form of Romanus (see Roman).
Romana f Italian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see Roman).
Romane f French
French feminine form of Romanus (see Roman).
Romey f English (Rare)
Diminutive of Rosemary.
Romi f Hebrew
Means "my height, my exaltation" in Hebrew.
Romilda f & m Italian, Ancient Germanic
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".
Romilly m & f English (British, Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the name of various Norman towns, themselves from the given name Romilius.
Romina f Italian
Possibly a variant of Romana.
Romola f Italian (Rare)
Italian feminine form of Romulus.
Romy f German, Dutch, English
Diminutive of Rosemarie or Rosemary.
Rona 1 f English
Variant of Rhona.
Rona 2 f Hebrew
Feminine form of Ron 2.
Ronalda f Scottish
Feminine form of Ronald.
Ronda f English
Variant of Rhonda.
Rong f & m Chinese
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 f Hebrew
Means "my joy" or "my song" in Hebrew.
Roni 2 f English
Diminutive of Veronica.
Ronit 1 f Irish
Anglicized form of Rathnait.
Ronit 2 f Hebrew
Strictly feminine form of Ron 2.
Ronja f Swedish
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).
Ronnette f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Ronald.
Ronnie m & f English
Diminutive of Ronald or Veronica.
Roos f Dutch
Dutch vernacular form of Rosa 1, meaning "rose" in Dutch.
Roosje f Dutch
Diminutive of Rosa 1.
Rorie f & m English
Variant of Rory.
Rory m & f Irish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of Ruaidhrí.
Ros f English
Short form of Rosalind, Rosamund and other names beginning with Ros.
Rosa 1 f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of Rose, though originally it may have come from the unrelated 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 f Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Means "dew" in the South Slavic languages.
Rosabel f English (Rare)
Combination of Rosa 1 and the popular name suffix bel. It was created in the 18th century.
Rosalba f Italian
Italian name meaning "white rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and alba "white". A famous bearer was the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).
Rosaleen f English (Rare)
Variant of Rosaline. James Clarence Mangan used it as a translation for Róisín in his poem Dark Rosaleen (1846).
Rosália f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Rosalia.
Rosalía f Spanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of Rosalia.
Rosalia f Italian, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
Rosalie f French, 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.
Rosalin f English (Rare)
Medieval variant of Rosalind.
Rosalina f Portuguese, Spanish
Latinate form of Rosaline.
Rosalind f English
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).
Rosalinda f Spanish, Italian
Latinate form of Rosalind.
Rosaline f English
Medieval variant of Rosalind. This is the name of characters in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (1594) and Romeo and Juliet (1596).
Rosalva f Spanish
Variant of Rosalba.
Rosalyn f English
Variant of Rosaline using the popular name suffix lyn.
Rosa María f Spanish
Combination of Rosa 1 and María.
Rosamond f English
Variant of Rosamund, in use since the Middle Ages.
Rosamund f English (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.
Rosana f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Roxana.
Rosângela f Portuguese
Combination of Rosa 1 and Ângela.
Rosangela f Italian
Combination of Rosa 1 and Angela.
Rosanna f Italian, English
Combination of Rosa 1 and Anna.
Rosanne f English, Dutch
Combination of Rose and Anne 1.
Rosaria f Italian
Italian feminine form of Rosario.
Rosário f Portuguese
Portuguese (feminine) form of Rosario.
Rosario f & m Spanish, 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.
Rosaura f Spanish
Means "golden rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and aurea "golden". This name was (first?) used by Pedro Calderón de la Barca for a character in his play Life Is a Dream (1635).
Rose f English, French
Originally a Norman form of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis meaning "famous type", 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.
Roseann f English
Variant of Rosanne.
Roseanne f English
Variant of Rosanne.
Roseline f French
French form of Rosalind. Saint Roseline of Villeneuve was a 14th-century nun from Provence.
Rosella f Italian
Italian diminutive of Rosa 1.
Roselle f French (Rare)
French diminutive of Rose.
Roselyn f English
Variant of Rosalyn.
Rosemary f English
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.
Rosemonde f French
French form of Rosamund.
Rosenda f Spanish
Feminine form of Rosendo.
Roser f Catalan
Catalan (feminine) form of Rosario.
Rosetta f Italian
Italian diminutive of Rosa 1.
Rosette f French
French diminutive of Rose.
Roshan m & f Persian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
Roshanak f Persian, Ancient Persian
Original Persian form of Roxana.
Roshanara f Persian (Archaic)
From Persian روشن (roshan) meaning "light" and آرا (ara) meaning "decorate, adorn". This was the name of the second daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Rosheen f Irish
Anglicized form of Róisín.
Roshni f Indian, Marathi, Hindi
From Hindi and Marathi रौशनी (raushani) meaning "light, brightness", ultimately of Persian origin.
Rosica f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Росица (see Rositsa).
Rosie f English
Diminutive of Rose.
Rosina f Italian
Italian diminutive of Rosa 1. This is the name of a character in Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville (1816).
Rosine f French
French diminutive of Rose.
Rosinha f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of Rosa 1.
Rosita f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Rosa 1.
Rositsa f Bulgarian
Diminutive of Rosa 2.
Roslindis f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Rosalind.
Roslyn f English
Variant of Rosalyn.
Rosmarie f German
Upper German and Swiss variant of Rosemarie.
Rosmunda f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Rosamund.
Rossa f Italian (Rare)
Means "red" in Italian.
Rossana f Italian
Italian form of Roxana.
Rossella f Italian
Diminutive of Rossa.
Roswitha f German
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.
Rosy f English
Diminutive of Rose.
Rotem m & f Hebrew
From the name of a desert plant (species Retama raetam), possibly derived from Hebrew רְתֹם (retom) meaning "to bind".
Rowan m & f Irish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruadhán. As an English name, it can also be derived from the surname Rowan, itself derived from the Irish given name. It could also be given in reference to the rowan tree, a word of Old Norse origin (coincidentally sharing the same Indo-European root meaning "red" with the Irish name).
Rowanne f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Rowan.
Rowena f English
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).
Roxana f English, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ῥωξάνη (Rhoxane), 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).
Roxane f French, English
French and English form of Roxana. This is the name of Cyrano's love interest in the play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897).
Roxanna f English
Variant of Roxana.