Masculine Names

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RADMILO m Serbian
Serbian form of RADOMIL.
RADMIR m Russian
Russian form of RADOMIR.
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, Romanian, 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 (Rare)
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, Icelandic, Estonian
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 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.
RAIMOND m Estonian
Estonian 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.
RAIVO m Estonian
Possibly a diminutive of RAIMOND. It could also be related to the Old Estonian word raivo meaning "fury, rage".
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. It appears in the 12th-century Georgian epic The Knight in the Panther's Skin.
RAMAZAN m Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh, Circassian
Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh and Circassian form of RAMADAN.
RAMAZI m Georgian
Form of RAMAZ with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
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 rꜥ-ms-sw meaning "born of Ra", composed of the name of the supreme god RA combined with the root msj "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.
REHMAN m Urdu
Urdu form of RAHMAN.
REHOBOAM m Biblical
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.
ŘEHOŘ m Czech (Rare)
Czech form of GREGORY.
REID m English
From a surname, a Scots variant of REED.
REIDAR m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Hreiðarr, which was derived from the elements hreiðr "nest, home" and arr "warrior".
REIGN f & m English (Modern)
From the English word reign, derived from Latin regnum "royal power".
REIJO m Finnish
Finnish form of GREGORY.
REILLY m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname that was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
REIMA m Finnish
Finnish form of RAYMOND.
REIMUND m German
German form of RAYMOND.
REIN m Frisian, Dutch, Estonian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
REINALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REYNOLD.
REINALDO m Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of REYNOLD.
REINDERT m Frisian
Frisian form of REINHARD.
REINHARDT m German
German variant form of REYNARD.
REINIER m Dutch
Dutch form of RAYNER.
REINO m Finnish
Finnish form of REYNOLD.
REINOUD m Dutch
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
REINOUT m Dutch
Dutch cognate of REYNOLD.
REİS m Turkish
Turkish form of RAIS.
REKO m Finnish
Finnish form of GREGORY.
REMAO m Limburgish
Limburgish form of RAYMOND. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Raymond.
REMBRANDT m Dutch
From a Germanic name that was composed of the elements ragin "advice" and brand "sword". This name belonged to the 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.
RÉMI m French
Variant of RÉMY.
REMIEL m Biblical
Variant of JEREMIEL appearing in some versions of the Old Testament.
REMIGIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
REMIGIUS m Late Roman
Latin form of RÉMY.
REMIGIUSZ m Polish
Polish form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
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.
REMO m Italian
Italian form of REMUS.
REMUS m Roman Mythology, Romanian
Meaning unknown. In Roman legend Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome. Remus was later slain by Romulus.
RÉMY m French
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.
REN m & f Japanese
From Japanese (ren) meaning "lotus", (ren) meaning "love", or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
RENARD m French (Rare)
French form of REYNARD. Because of the medieval character Reynard the Fox, renard became a French word meaning "fox".
RENĀRS m Latvian
Latvian form of REINHARD.
RENAT m Russian
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".
RENATO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENATUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "born again".
RENAUD m French
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.
RENE m & f English
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
RENÉ m French, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
RENEER m Limburgish
Limburgish form of RAYNER.
RENS m Dutch
Short form of LAURENS or EMERENS.
REŞAT m Turkish
Turkish form of RASHAD.
REŞİT m Turkish
Turkish form of RASHID.
RETO m German (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.
REUBEN m Biblical, 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.
REUEL m Biblical, 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.
REVAZ m Georgian
Possibly of Persian origin meaning "wealthy, successful".
REVAZI m Georgian
Form of REVAZ with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
REX m English
From Latin rex meaning "king". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
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.
REYNALDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REYNOLD.
REYNARD m English (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").
REYNAUD m French
French variant form of REYNOLD.
REYNOLD m English
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.
REZA m Persian
Persian form of RIDHA.
REZIKO m Georgian
Diminutive of REVAZ.
RHAGOUEL m Biblical Greek
Form of REUEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
RHAMESSES m Ancient Egyptian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of Egyptian rꜥ-ms-sw (see RAMESES).
RHAPHAEL m Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of RAPHAEL.
RHEINALLT m Welsh
Welsh form of REYNOLD.
RHETT m English
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).
RHISIART m Welsh
Welsh form of RICHARD.
RHODRI m Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements rhod "wheel" and rhi "king". This name was borne by a 9th-century Welsh king.
RHOUBEN m Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of REUBEN.
RHYDDERCH m Welsh
Means "reddish brown" in Welsh. It is sometimes used as a Welsh form of RODERICK.
RHYS m Welsh, English
Means "enthusiasm" in Welsh. Several Welsh rulers have borne this name, including the 12th-century Rhys ap Gruffydd who fought against the invading Normans.
RIAD m Arabic
Means "meadows, gardens", from the plural of Arabic روضة (rawdah).
RIAGÁN m Irish
Possibly derived from ríodhgach meaning "impulsive".
RÍAN m Irish
Irish name meaning "little king" (see RYAN).
RIAN m English
Variant of RYAN.
RIAZ m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رياض (see RIAD).
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