Masculine Names

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PUTRA m Indonesian
Means "son" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
PUTU m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
PWYLL m Welsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh mythology, Pwyll is a king of Dyfed who pursues and finally marries Rhiannon.
PYLYP m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of PHILIP.
PYONG-HO m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 병호 (see BYEONG-HO).
PYOTR m Russian
Russian form of PETER. A famous bearer was the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
PYRRHUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πύρρος (Pyrrhos) meaning "flame-coloured, red", related to πῦρ (pyr) meaning "fire". This was another name of Neoptolemus the son of Achilles. This was also the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Epirus who was famed for his victorious yet costly battles against Rome.
PYRY m Finnish
Means "snowstorm, blizzard" in Finnish.
PYTHAGORAS m Ancient Greek
Derived from PYTHIOS, a name of Apollo, combined with Greek ἀγορά (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician from Samos. He was the founder of a school of philosophy whose members believed that numbers described the universe.
PYTHIOS m Greek Mythology
From the Greek place name Πυθώ (Pytho), an older name of the city of Delphi, which was probably derived from Greek πύθω (pytho) meaning "to rot". This was an epithet of Apollo.
QADIR m Arabic
Means "capable, powerful" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition القادر (al-Qadir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
QAMAR m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
QASIM m Arabic, Urdu
Means "one who divides goods among his people", derived from Arabic قسم (qasama) meaning "to share" or "to divide". This was the name of a son of the Prophet Muhammad who died while young.
QAYS m Arabic
Means "measurement" in Arabic. This was the real name of Majnun, the lover of Layla, in Nizami Ganjavi's 12th-century poem Layla and Majnun.
QEMAL m Albanian
Albanian form of KAMAL (1).
QEMU'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of KEMUEL.
QIANG m Chinese
From Chinese (qiáng) meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QILLAQ m Native American, Greenlandic
Means "seal hide" in Greenlandic.
QING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QINGLONG m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green" and (lóng) meaning "dragon". This is the Chinese name of the Azure Dragon, associated with the east and the spring season.
QISMAT m Arabic
Means "fate" in Arabic.
QIU m & f Chinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
QUÂN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quân) meaning "army".
QUANAH m Native American, Comanche
Means "fragrant" in Comanche. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.
QUANG m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quang) meaning "bright, clear".
QUENTIN m French, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
QUETZALCOATL m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "feathered snake" in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli "feather" and coatl "snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.
QUIDEL m Native American, Mapuche
Means "burning torch" in Mapuche.
QUIM m Portuguese, Catalan
Short form of JOAQUIM.
QUINCTILIANUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of QUINTILIAN.
QUINCTILIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family derived from the given name QUINTUS (which was itself originally spelled Quinctus).
QUINCTIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name derived from the given name QUINTUS (which was itself originally spelled Quinctus). This was the name of a patrician family that was especially prominent during the early Republic.
QUINCTUS m Ancient Roman
Earlier form of QUINTUS.
QUINCY m English
From a surname that was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts. Both the town and the president were named after his maternal great-grandfather John Quincy (1689-1767).
QUINLAN m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Caoinlean meaning "descendant of Caoinlean". The name Caoinlean means "slender" in Gaelic.
QUINN m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of CONN".
QUINTEN m English, Dutch
Variant and Dutch form of QUENTIN.
QUINTILIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Quintilianus, earlier Quinctilianus, which was itself derived from the family name QUINCTILIUS. A notable bearer was the 1st-century rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, simply known as Quintilian in English.
QUINTILLUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
QUINTIN m English
Variant of QUENTIN.
QUINTINO m Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was originally derived from QUINTUS.
QUINTO m Italian
Italian form of QUINTUS.
QUINTON m English
Variant of QUENTIN, also coinciding with an English surname meaning "queen's town" in Old English.
QUINTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "fifth" in Latin. Originally, during the time of the early Roman Republic, it was spelled Quinctus. This name was traditionally given to the fifth child, or possibly a child born in the fifth month. It was a common praenomen, being more popular than the other numeric Roman names. A notable bearer was the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus).
QUIQUE m Spanish
Diminutive of ENRIQUE.
QUIRIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRIN m German
German form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINO m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINUS m Roman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god, sometimes identified with Romulus. He declined in importance after the early Republican era. The name was also borne by several early saints.
QULU m Azerbaijani
Means "servant" in Azerbaijani. It is sometimes used as the second part of compound names.
QUSAY m Arabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi) meaning "distant". This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
QUÝ f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
QUYỀN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quyền) meaning "power, right, authority".
QUỲNH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red". This is also the Vietnamese name for a variety of flowering plant (genus Epiphyllum).
RA m Egyptian Mythology
Means "sun" or "day" in Egyptian. Ra was an important Egyptian sun god originally worshipped in Heliopolis in Lower Egypt. He was usually depicted as a man with the head of a falcon crowned with a solar disc. In later times his attributes were often merged with those of other deities, such as Amon, Atum and Horus.
RAANAN m Hebrew
Means "fresh, invigorating" in Hebrew.
RAB m Scottish
Scottish short form of ROBERT.
RABAN m Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic byname derived from hraban meaning "raven".
RABBIE m Scottish
Scottish diminutive of ROBERT.
RABI (1) m Arabic
Means "springtime" in Arabic.
RABI (2) m Bengali
Bengali variant of RAVI.
RABINDRA m Bengali
Bengali form of RAVINDRA.
RACHID m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic رشيد or راشد (see RASHID) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
RACŁAW m Polish (Archaic)
Polish short form of RATISLAV or RADOSŁAW.
RA'D m Arabic
Means "thunder" in Arabic. This is the name of the 13th chapter of the Quran (surah ar-Rad).
RADBOUD m Dutch
Derived from the Germanic elements rad meaning "counsel" and bodo meaning "command, order".
RADCLIFF m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "red cliff" in Old English.
RADCLYFFE m English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of RADCLIFF.
RADE m Serbian, Croatian
Originally a diminutive of MILORAD and other Slavic names containing the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADEK m Czech, Polish
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADHA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RADIM m Czech
Short form of RADOMIR.
RADIMIR m Russian
Russian variant of RADOMIR.
RADKO m Bulgarian, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADMILO m Serbian
Serbian form of RADOMIL.
RADOBOD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RADBOUD.
RADOMIL m Czech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and milu "gracious, dear".
RADOMIŁ m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of RADOMIL.
RADOMÍR m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of RADOMIR.
RADOMIR m Serbian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
RADOŠ m Czech
Short form of RADOSLAV, RADOMIR, and other names beginning with the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADOSŁAW m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements rad "happy, willing" and slava "glory".
RADOVAN m Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element rad "happy, willing" combined with another element of unknown meaning.
RADU m Romanian
Old Romanian diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad "happy, willing". This was the name of a 13th-century ruler of Wallachia.
RADULF m Ancient Germanic
Germanic cognate of RÁÐÚLFR.
RADÚZ m Czech (Rare)
Derived from the Czech word rád "happy, glad". The Czech author Julius Zeyer probably created it for a character in his play Radúz and Mahulena (1898).
RAEBURN m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "stream where does drink" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was Scottish portrait painter Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).
RAF m Dutch
Short form of RAFAËL.
RAFA m Spanish
Spanish short form of RAFAEL.
RAFA'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of RAPHAEL. This name does not appear in any surviving Hebrew text of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
RAFAËL m Dutch
Dutch form of RAPHAEL.
RAFAEL m Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Slovene, Hebrew
Form of RAPHAEL in various languages.
RAFAIL m Greek, Russian
Greek and Russian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFAŁ m Polish
Polish form of RAPHAEL.
RAFE m English
Variant of RALPH. This form became common during the 17th century, reflecting the usual pronunciation.
RAFFAEL m German
German variant of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELE m Italian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLO m Italian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFERTY m English
From an Irish surname that was an Anglicized form of Ó Rabhartaigh meaning "descendant of Rabhartach". The given name Rabhartach means "flood tide".
RAFINHA m Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of RAFAEL.
RAFIQ m Arabic, Urdu
Means either "friend" or "gentle" in Arabic.
RAGANHAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAYNER.
RAGEMPRAND m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REMBRANDT.
RAGHNALL m Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of RAGNVALD.
RAGHU m Hinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam
Means "swift" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a heroic king in Hindu epics, the great-grandfather of Rama. It is also mentioned as the name of a son of Buddha in Buddhist texts.
RAGINALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNOLD.
RAGINHARD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNARD.
RAGINMAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAMIRO.
RAGINMUND m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAYMOND.
RAGNAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of RAYNER.
RAGNARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of RAGANHAR.
RAGNVALD m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of RAGNVALDR.
RAGNVALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and valdr "power, ruler" (making it a cognate of REYNOLD).
RAGUEL m Biblical, Judeo-Christian Legend
From Latin Raguhel, a scriptural variant of REUEL. This appears in some versions of the Old Testament at Exodus 2:18 as another name of Jethro, while other translations use Reuel. This name is also borne by an archangel in the Book of Enoch.
RAGUHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of REUEL used in parts of the Latin Old Testament.
RAHARJO m Indonesian, Javanese
Means "plentiful, abundant" in Javanese.
RAHAT m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
RAHEEM m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رحيم (see RAHIM).
RAHIM m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto
Means "kind, compassionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحيم (al-Rahim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMAN m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Bengali
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمٰن (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMİ m Turkish
Means "merciful" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic.
RAHUL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Possibly means "able, efficient" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a son of Gautama Buddha.
RAIBEART m Scottish
Scottish form of ROBERT.
RAIDEN m Japanese Mythology
From Japanese (rai) meaning "thunder" and (den) meaning "lightning". This is a regional epithet of the Japanese god Raijin.
RAIJIN m Japanese Mythology
From Japanese (rai) meaning "thunder" and (jin) meaning "god, spirit". This is the name of the god (or gods) of thunder and storms in the mythology of Japan.
RAIMO m Finnish
Finnish form of RAYMOND.
RAIMON m Catalan
Catalan variant form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDO m Italian
Italian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDS m Latvian
Latvian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMUNDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RAYMOND.
RAIN (1) f & m English (Rare)
Simply from the English word rain, derived from Old English regn.
RAIN (2) m Estonian
Variant of REIN.
RAINE f & m English (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.
RAINERIO m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of RAYNER.
RAINIER m French (Rare)
French form of RAYNER.
RAIS m Arabic
Means "leader, chief" in Arabic.
RAJ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "empire, royalty", from Sanskrit राज्य (rajya).
RAJA (2) m Urdu, Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, Indonesian
Means "king, ruler", from Sanskrit राजन् (rajan).
RAJAB m Arabic
Means "respect" in Arabic. This is the name of the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.
RAJANI f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Means "the dark one" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Kali or Durga.
RAJEEV m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi/Nepali राजीव, Malayalam രാജീവ് or Tamil ராஜிவ் (see RAJIV).
RAJENDER m Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi राजेन्द्र (see RAJENDRA).
RAJENDRA m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Nepali
Means "lord of kings", derived from Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord". This was the name of two 11th-century rulers of the Chola Empire in southern India.
RAJESH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "ruler of kings" from Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler".
RAJIB m Bengali
Bengali form of RAJIV.
RAJINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of RAJENDRA used by Sikhs.
RAJIV m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Means "striped" in Sanskrit. This is used to refer to the blue lotus in Hindu texts.
RAJKO m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Derived from South Slavic raj meaning "paradise".
RAJMUND m Polish, Hungarian, Slovene
Polish, Hungarian and Slovene form of RAYMOND.
RAJNEESH m Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi रजनीश (see RAJNISH).
RAJNISH m Indian, Hindi
Means "lord of the night" from Sanskrit रजनि (rajani) meaning "night" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler". This is another name for the moon in Hindu texts.
RAKESH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu
Means "lord of the full moon" from Sanskrit राका (raka) meaning "full moon" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler".
RALEIGH m & f English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning either "red clearing" or "roe deer clearing" in Old English. A city in North Carolina bears this name, after the English courtier, poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618).
RALPH m English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Contracted form of the Old Norse name RÁÐÚLFR (or its Norman form Radulf). Scandinavian settlers introduced it to England before the Norman Conquest, though afterwards it was bolstered by Norman influence. In the Middle Ages it was usually spelled Ralf, but by the 17th century it was most commonly Rafe, reflecting the normal pronunciation. The Ralph spelling appeared in the 18th century. A famous bearer of the name was Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American poet and author who wrote on transcendentalism.
RALPHIE m English
Diminutive of RALPH.
RAM (1) m Biblical
Means "exalted" in Hebrew. This was a son of Hezron in the Old Testament.
RAMA (1) m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "pleasing, beautiful" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of an incarnation of the god Vishnu. He is the hero of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, which tells of the abduction of his wife Sita by the demon king Ravana, and his efforts to recapture her.
RAMACHANDRA m Hinduism, Indian, Kannada, Telugu
Derived from the name of the Hindu god RAMA (1) combined with Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra) meaning "moon". This is another name of Rama.
RAMADAN m Arabic
From the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is derived from Arabic رمض (ramad) meaning "parchedness, scorchedness". Muslims traditionally fast during this month.
RAMAKRISHNA m Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Combination of the names of the Hindu gods RAMA (1) and KRISHNA. This name was borne by the Hindu religious teacher Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886).
RAMAZ m Georgian
Possibly a Georgian form of RAMADAN.
RAMAZAN m Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh, Circassian
Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh and Circassian form of RAMADAN.
RAMAZI m Georgian
Variant of RAMAZ.
RAMBERT m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hramn "raven" and beraht "bright".
RAMESES m Ancient Egyptian (Anglicized)
From Ῥαμέσσης (Rhamesses), the Greek form of Egyptian Ra-msj-sw meaning "born of Ra", composed of the name of the supreme god RA combined with the Egyptian root mesu "be born". Rameses was the name of eleven Egyptian kings of the New Kingdom. The most important of these were Rameses II the Great who campaigned against the Hittites and also built several great monuments, and Rameses III who defended Egypt from the Libyans and Sea Peoples.
RAMESHA m Hinduism
Means "husband of Lakshmi", derived from RAMA (2), a name of Lakshmi, combined with ईश (isha) meaning "ruler, husband". This is one of the names of the Hindu god Vishnu.
RAMESHVARA m Hinduism
Means "lord of Rama", derived from the name of the Hindu god RAMA (1) combined with Sanskrit ईश्वर (ishvara) meaning "lord, god". This is another name for the Hindu god Shiva.
RAMESHWAR m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of RAMESHVARA.
RAMESSU m Ancient Egyptian (Hypothetical)
Reconstructed Egyptian form of RAMESES.
RAMIEL m Judeo-Christian Legend
Possibly from Hebrew רָעמִיאֵל (Rami'el) meaning "thunder of God". The Book of Enoch names him as an archangel. He is often identified with Jeremiel.
RAMIRO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Ramirus, a Latinized form of a Visigothic name derived from the Germanic elements ragin "advice" and mari "famous". Saint Ramirus was a 6th-century prior of the Saint Claudius Monastery in Leon. He and several others were executed by the Arian Visigoths, who opposed orthodox Christianity. This name was subsequently borne by kings of León, Asturias and Aragon.
RAMIRUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Raginmar (see RAMIRO).
RAMİZ m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of RAMIZ.
RAMIZ m Arabic, Albanian
Means "symbolize, sign" in Arabic.
RAMÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of RAYMOND.
RAMON m Catalan
Catalan form of RAYMOND.
RAMSAY m Scottish
Variant of RAMSEY.
RAMSEY m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "wild-garlic island" in Old English.
RAMŪNAS m Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian ramus meaning "calm" combined with the patronymic suffix ūnas.
RANA (2) m Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
From the Sanskrit title राणा (rana) meaning "king".
RANALD m Scottish
Scottish form of REYNOLD.
RANDAL m English
Variant of RANDALL.
RANDALL m English
From an English surname that was derived from the medieval given name RANDEL.
RANDEL m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of RANDOLF and other names beginning with the Germanic element rand meaning "rim (of a shield)".
RANDELL m English
Variant of RANDALL.
RANDOLF m English
From the Germanic elements rand meaning "rim (of a shield)" and wulf meaning "wolf". The Normans brought this name to England, where there existed already an Old Norse cognate Randúlfr, which had been introduced by Scandinavian settlers. Randolf became rare after the Middle Ages, though it was revived in the 18th century (usually in the spelling Randolph).
RANDOLPH m English
Variant of RANDOLF. This spelling was adopted in the 18th century.
RANDULF m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RANDOLF.
RANDY m & f English
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RANGI m Maori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "sky" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Rangi or Ranginui was a god of the sky, husband of the earth goddess Papa. They were locked in a crushing embrace but were eventually separated by their children, the other gods.
RANI (2) m Hebrew
From Hebrew רַן (ran) meaning "to sing".
RANIERO m Italian
Italian form of RAYNER.
RANJIT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali
Means "coloured, pleased, delighted" in Sanskrit. A famous bearer was Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the founder of a Sikh kingdom that covered most of the Punjab and Kashmir.
RANKO m Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic word ранъ (ranu) meaning "early".
RANSU m Finnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
RANULF m Scottish
Scottish form of the Old Norse name Randúlfr, a cognate of RANDOLF. Scandinavian settlers and invaders introduced this name to Scotland in the Middle Ages.
RANULPH m Scottish
Variant of RANULF.
RAOUL m French, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAPHAËL m French
French form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAEL m German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name רָפָאֵל (Rafa'el) meaning "God heals", from the roots רָפָא (rafa') meaning "to heal" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In Hebrew tradition Raphael is the name of an archangel. He appears in the Book of Tobit, in which he disguises himself as a man named Azarias and accompanies Tobias on his journey to Media, aiding him along the way. In the end he cures Tobias's father Tobit of his blindness. He is not mentioned in the New Testament, though tradition identifies him with the angel troubling the water in John 5:4.... [more]
RAREȘ m Romanian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Romanian rar meaning "sparse, rare". This name was borne by Petru Rareș, a 16th-century ruler of Moldavia, whose second name was adopted from a nickname of his mother's husband.
RƏŞAD m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of RASHAD.
RASEL m Bengali
Bengali form of RASUL.
RASHAD m Arabic, Azerbaijani
Means "good sense, good guidance" in Arabic, from the root رَشَدَ (rashada) meaning "to be on the right path".
RASHAUN m African American (Rare)
Combination of the prefix Ra with the name SHAUN.
RASHAWN m African American (Modern)
Combination of the prefix Ra with the name SHAWN.
RASHED m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رشيد or راشد (see RASHID).
RASHEED m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رشيد or راشد (see RASHID).
RASHID m Arabic
Means "rightly guided" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرشيد (al-Rashid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RÄSHIT m Tatar
Tatar form of RASHID.
RASHMI f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "ray of sunlight" or "rope" in Sanskrit.
RASHN m Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Rashnu meaning "justice". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata who judged the souls of the dead.
RASHNU m Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of RASHN.
RASİM m Turkish, Azerbaijani
Turkish and Azerbaijani form of RASIM.
RASIM m Arabic
Means "planner, architect" in Arabic.
RASMUS m Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian
Scandinavian, Finnish and Estonian form of ERASMUS.
RASTUS m English (Rare)
Short form of ERASTUS.
RASUL m Arabic, Avar
Means "prophet, messenger" in Arabic.
RATHNA f & m Tamil
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RÁÐÚLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
RATIMIR m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rati meaning "war, battle" and miru meaning "peace, world".
RATISLAV m Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rati meaning "war, battle" and slava meaning "glory".
RATKO m Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element rati meaning "war, battle".
RATNA f & m Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Nepali, Indonesian
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (ratna) meaning "jewel, treasure". This is a transcription of both the feminine form रत्ना and the masculine form रत्न.
RATNAM m & f Indian, Telugu
Southern Indian variant of RATNA.
RATOMIR m Serbian
Serbian form of RATIMIR.
RAUF m Arabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
RAUHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of REUEL used in parts of the Latin Old Testament.
RAÚL m Spanish
Spanish form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAÜL m Catalan
Catalan form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAUL m Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of Radulf (see RALPH).
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.
RAVI m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "sun" in Sanskrit. Ravi is a Hindu god of the sun, sometimes equated with Surya. A famous bearer was the musician Ravi Shankar (1920-2012).
RAVID m & f Hebrew
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
RAVIL m Tatar
Meaning unknown, possibly of Arabic origin.
RAVINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of RAVINDRA used by Sikhs.
RAVINDRA m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada
Means "lord of the sun" from Sanskrit रवि (ravi) meaning "sun" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA, used here to mean "lord". This is another name for the Hindu god Surya.
RAY m English
Short form of RAYMOND, often used as an independent name. It coincides with an English word meaning "beam of light". Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) and musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) are two notable bearers of the name.
RAYAN m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ريّان (see RAYYAN).
RAYKO m Bulgarian
Bulgarian variant of RADKO.
RAYMOND m English, French
From the Germanic name Raginmund, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and mund "protector". The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Reimund. It was borne by several medieval (mostly Spanish) saints, including Saint Raymond Nonnatus, the patron of midwives and expectant mothers, and Saint Raymond of Peñafort, the patron of canonists.
RAYMUNDO m Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish and Portuguese variant form of RAYMOND.
RAYNARD m English
Variant of REYNARD.
RAYNER m English (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.
RAYNO m Bulgarian
Bulgarian variant of RADKO.
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.
RAZA m Urdu
Urdu form of RIDHA.
RAZIEL m Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "my secret is God" in Hebrew. This is the name of an archangel in Jewish tradition.
RĂZVAN m Romanian
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".
RE m Egyptian Mythology
Variant spelling of RA.
READ m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of REED.
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).
RÉAMANN m Irish
Irish form of RAYMOND.
REARDEN m Irish
Anglicized form of RÓRDÁN.
RECEP m Turkish
Turkish form of RAJAB.
RED m English
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.
REDD m English (Rare)
Variant of RED.
REDMOND m Irish
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
REDMUND m Irish
Anglicized form of RÉAMANN.
REECE m Welsh
Anglicized form of RHYS.
REED m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old English read meaning "red", originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
REES m Welsh
Anglicized form of RHYS.
REESE m & f Welsh, English
Anglicized form of RHYS, also used as a feminine form.
REFİK m Turkish
Turkish form of RAFIQ.
REFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
REG m English
Short form of REGINALD.
REGAN f & m English
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.
REGGIE m English
Diminutive of REGINALD.
REGIN m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REIN.
REGINALD m English
From Reginaldus, a Latinized form of REYNOLD.
RÉGIS m French
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.
RÉGULO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REGULUS.
REGULUS m Ancient 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.
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