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RA m Egyptian Mythology
Possibly means "sun" 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.
RAABI'A f Arabic
Means "fourth" in Arabic. This name was borne by an 8th-century Sufi mystic from Basra in Iraq.
RAAKEL f Finnish
Finnish form of RACHEL.
RAANAN m Hebrew
Means "fresh, invigorating" in Hebrew.
RAB m Scottish
Scottish short form of ROBERT.
RABAB f Arabic
Variant of RUBAB.
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.
RABI'A f Arabic
Feminine form of RABI (1). This can also be another way of transcribing the name رابعة (see RAABI'A).
RABİA f Turkish
Turkish form of RAABI'A or RABI'A.
RABINDRA m Bengali
Bengali form of RAVINDRA.
RACHAEL f English
Variant of RACHEL, the spelling probably influenced by that of Michael.
RACHANA f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Nepali
Means "creation, preparation" in Sanskrit.
RACHEAL f English
Variant of RACHEL.
RACHEL f English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob. Jacob was tricked by her father Laban into marrying her older sister Leah first, though in exchange for seven years of work Laban allowed Jacob to marry Rachel too. Initially barren and facing her husband's anger, she offered her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob to bear him children. Eventually she was herself able to conceive, becoming the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.... [more]
RACHELE f Italian
Italian form of RACHEL.
RACHELLE f English
Variant of RACHEL influenced by the spelling of ROCHELLE.
RACHNA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi रचना (see RACHANA).
RACŁAW m Polish
Short form of RADOSŁAW.
RACQUEL f English
Variant of RAQUEL.
RA'D m Arabic
Means "thunder" in Arabic. This is the name of the 13th chapter of the Quran (surah ar-Rad).
RADA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADANA f Czech, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
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.
RADKA f Czech, Bulgarian
Feminine form of RADKO.
RADKO m Bulgarian, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad "happy, willing".
RADMILA f Serbian, Croatian, Czech
Serbian, Croatian and Czech feminine form of RADOMIL.
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.
RADOMIŁA f Polish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of RADOMIL.
RADOMILA f Czech
Feminine form of RADOMIL.
RADOMÍR m Czech
Czech 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".
RADOMÍRA f Czech
Czech feminine form of RADOMIR.
RADOMIRA f Serbian
Feminine form of RADOMIR.
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".
RADOSŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of RADOSŁAW.
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).
RAE f English
Short form of RACHEL. It can also be used as a feminine form of RAY.
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).
RAELENE f English (Rare)
Combination of RAE and the popular name suffix lene.
RAELYN f English (Modern)
Combination of RAE and the popular name suffix lyn.
RAELYNN f English (Modern)
Combination of RAE and the popular name suffix lynn.
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.
RAFAELA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of RAPHAEL.
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.
RAFFAELA f German
German feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELE m Italian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLA f Italian
Italian feminine 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.
RAFIQA f Arabic
Feminine form of RAFIQ.
RAGANHAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RAYNER.
RAGANHILDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REINHILD.
RAGEMPRAND m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of REMBRANDT.
RAGHNAID f Scottish
Scottish form of RAGNHILD.
RAGHNAILT f Irish
Irish form of RAGNHILD.
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.
RAGNA f Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian
Short form of Old Norse names beginning with the element regin "advice, counsel".
RAGNAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of RAYNER.
RAGNARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of RAGANHAR.
RAGNBJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and bjǫrg "help, save, rescue".
RAGNHEIÐR f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name meaning "bright advice", derived from the elements regin "advice, counsel" and heiðr "brightness".
RAGNHEIÐUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHEIÐR.
RAGNHILD f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ragnhildr, composed of the elements regin "advice, counsel" and hildr "battle".
RAGNHILDUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of RAGNHILD.
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).
RAGOUEL m Biblical Greek
Form of REUEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
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.
RAHAB f Biblical
Means "spacious" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a woman of Jericho who helped the Israelites capture the city.
RAHARJO m Indonesian, Javanese
Means "plentiful, abundant" in Javanese.
RAHAT m & f Arabic
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
RAHEEM m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رحيم (see RAHIM).
RÁHEL f Hungarian
Hungarian form of RACHEL.
RAHEL f Biblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of RACHEL.
RAHELA f Romanian, Croatian, Serbian
Romanian, Croatian and Serbian form of RACHEL.
RAHIM m Arabic
Means "kind, compassionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحيم (al-Rahim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMAN m Arabic, Persian, 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.
RÁICHÉAL f Irish
Irish form of RACHEL.
RAIDEN m Far Eastern Mythology
From Japanese (rai) meaning "thunder" and (den) meaning "lightning". This is a regional epithet of the Japanese god Raijin.
RAIJIN m Far Eastern 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.
RAIMONDA f Italian
Italian feminine form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDO m Italian
Italian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDS m Latvian
Latvian form of RAYMOND.
RAIMUNDE f German (Rare)
German feminine 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.
RAINA f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Райна (see RAYNA (1)).
RAINBOW f English (Rare)
From the English word for the arc of multicoloured light that can appear in a misty sky.
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
Spanish form of RAYNER.
RAINIER m French (Rare)
French form of RAYNER.
RAIS m Arabic
Means "leader, chief" in Arabic.
RAISA (1) f Russian
Possibly from the Greek name HERAIS. This was the name of a saint and martyr killed in Alexandria during the early 4th-century persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
RAISA (2) f Yiddish
From Yiddish רויז (roiz) meaning "rose".
RAISA (3) f Arabic
Feminine form of RAIS.
RAJ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "empire, royalty", from Sanskrit राज्य (rajya).
RAJA (1) f Arabic
Means "hope" in Arabic.
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.
RAJIYA f Arabic
Means "hopeful" in Arabic.
RAJKO m Croatian
Derived from Croatian raj meaning "paradise".
RAJKUMARI f Indian, Hindi
Means "princess" in Sanskrit.
RAJMUND m Polish, Hungarian, Slovene
Polish, Hungarian and Slovene form of RAYMOND.
RAJNEESH m Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi रजनीश (see RAJNISH).
RAJNI f Indian, Hindi
Means "queen" in Sanskrit.
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.
RAJYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رجية (see RAJIYA).
RAKEL f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic
Scandinavian form of RACHEL.
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".
RAKHI f Indian, Hindi
From a word for a type of ritual wristband, ultimately from Sanskrit रक्षा (raksha).
RALEIGH m English
From a surname that was from a place name meaning either "red clearing" or "roe deer clearing" in Old English.
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.
RALUCA f Romanian
Romanian diminutive of the Greek name Rallou, of uncertain meaning. It was popularized by the actress Rallou Karatza (1778-1870), a daughter of the prince of Wallachia Ioannis Karatzas, who was of Greek background.
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.
RAMA (2) f Hinduism
Means "wife" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the goddess Lakshmi.
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 (Hellenized)
From 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
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.
RAMLA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رملة (see RAMLAH).
RAMLAH f Arabic
Means "sand" in Arabic. This was the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.
RAMÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of RAYMOND.
RAMON m Catalan
Catalan form of RAYMOND.
RAMÓNA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of RAMONA.
RAMONA f Spanish, Romanian, English
Feminine form of RAMÓN. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by Helen Hunt Jackson's novel 'Ramona' (1884), as well as several subsequent movies based on the book.
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.
RAN f Japanese
From Japanese (ran) meaning "orchid" or other kanji pronounced in the same way.
RANA (1) f Arabic
Means "an eye-catching object" from Arabic رنا (rana) meaning "to gaze".
RANA (2) m Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
From the Sanskrit title राणा (rana) meaning "king".
RANALD m Scottish
Scottish form of REYNOLD.
RANDA f Arabic
Means "scented tree" in Arabic.
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.
RANDI (1) f English
Diminutive of MIRANDA.
RANDI (2) f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Modern form of the Old Norse name Ragnfríðr, which was derived from regin "advice, counsel" and fríðr "beautiful".
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 (1) f Indian, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi
Means "queen" in Sanskrit.
RANI (2) m Hebrew
From Hebrew רַן (ran) meaning "to sing".
RANIERO m Italian
Italian form of RAYNER.
RANIYA f Arabic
Means "looking at", derived from Arabic رنا (rana) meaning "to gaze".
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.
RANKA f Croatian
Feminine form of RANKO.
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.
RANYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رانية (see RANIYA).
RAOUL m French, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAPHAËL m French
French form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAEL m German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
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]
RAPHAELA f German
Feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAËLLE f French
French feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAQUEL f Spanish, Portuguese, English
Spanish and Portuguese form of RACHEL.
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.
RASA f Lithuanian, Latvian
Means "dew" in Lithuanian and Latvian.
RƏŞAD m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of RASHAD.
RASEL m Bengali
Bengali form of RASUL.
RASHA f Arabic
Means "young gazelle" in Arabic.
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.
RASHIDA f Arabic
Feminine 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.
RASIMA f Arabic
Feminine form of RASIM.
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.
RATHNAIT f Irish
Derived from Irish rath "grace, prosperity" combined with a diminutive suffix.
RÁÐÚLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Norse elements ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf".
RATI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "rest, pleasure" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the wife of the Hindu god of love Kama.
RATIMIR m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rati meaning "war, battle" and miru meaning "peace, world".
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.
RATREE f Thai
From the name of a variety of jasmine flower, the night jasmine, ultimately from a poetic word meaning "night".
RATU f Indonesian
Means "queen" in Indonesian and Javanese.
RAUF m Arabic
Means "compassionate" in Arabic.
RAUHA f Finnish
Means "peace" in Finnish.
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).
RAVA f Esperanto
Means "ravishing" 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.
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.
RAWIYA f Arabic
Means "storyteller", derived from Arabic روى (rawa) meaning "to relate".
RAWYA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic راوية (see RAWIYA).
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).
RAYHANA f Arabic
Means "basil" in Arabic. This was the name of a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.