Names Starting with R

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RISTEÁRD m Irish
Irish form of RICHARD.
RISTO m Finnish, Macedonian
Finnish and Macedonian short form of CHRISTOPHER.
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, 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).
RITCHIE m English
Variant of RICHIE.
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.
RIZA m Turkish
Turkish form of RIDHA.
RİZVAN m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of RIDWAN.
RIZVAN m Turkish
Turkish variant form of RIDWAN.
RIZWAN m Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of RIDWAN, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
RIZWANA f Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of RIDWANA, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
ROALD m Norwegian
Modern form of the Old Norse name Hróðvaldr or Hróaldr, composed of the elements hróðr "fame" and valdr "ruler". This name was borne by the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) and the British children's author Roald Dahl (1916-1990), who was born to Norwegian parents.
ROAN m Frisian
Variant of RONNE.
ROAR m Norwegian
Newer Scandinavian form of HRÓARR.
ROB m English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT.
ROBBE m Dutch
Diminutive of ROBRECHT.
ROBBIE m & f English
Diminutive of ROBERT or ROBERTA.
ROBBY m English
Diminutive of ROBERT.
ROBENA f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
RÓBERT m Hungarian, Slovak, Icelandic
Hungarian and Icelandic form of ROBERT.
ROBERT m English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Estonian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Romanian, Catalan, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been consistently among the most common English names from the 13th to 20th century. In the United States it was the most popular name for boys between 1924 and 1939 (and again in 1953).... [more]
ROBERTAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ROBERT.
ROBERTE f French
French feminine form of ROBERT.
ROBERTINA f Italian, Spanish
Feminine diminutive of ROBERTO.
ROBERTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ROBERT. Saint Roberto Bellarmine was a 16th-century cardinal who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was Roberto de Nobili, a Jesuit missionary to India in the 17th century.
ROBERTS m Latvian
Latvian form of ROBERT.
ROBI m Hungarian
Diminutive of RÓBERT.
ROBIN m & f English, French, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval 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.
ROBRECHT m Dutch
Dutch form of ROBERT.
ROBYN f English
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROBYNNE f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of ROBIN.
ROC m Catalan
Catalan form of ROCCO.
ROCCO m Italian, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element hrok meaning "rest". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint who nursed victims of the plague but eventually contracted the disease himself. He is the patron saint of the sick.
ROCH m French, Polish
French and Polish form of ROCCO.
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.
ROCHUS m German (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of ROCCO, used in occasionally German and Dutch.
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".
ROCKY m English
Diminutive of ROCCO and other names beginning with a similar sound, or else a nickname referring to a tough person. This is the name of a boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie Rocky (1976) and its five sequels.
ROD m English
Short form of RODERICK or RODNEY.
RODDY m English, Scottish
Diminutive of RODERICK or RODNEY.
RODERIC m Catalan (Rare)
Catalan form of RODERICK.
RODERICK m English, Scottish, Welsh
Means "famous ruler" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ric "ruler, mighty". This name was in use among the Visigoths; it was borne by their last king (also known as Rodrigo), who died fighting the Muslim invaders of Spain in the 8th century. It also had cognates in Old Norse and West Germanic, and Scandinavian settlers and Normans introduced it to England, though it died out after the Middle Ages. It was revived in the English-speaking world by Sir Walter Scott's 1811 poem The Vision of Don Roderick.
RODGE m English
Short form of RODGER.
RODGER m English
Variant of ROGER.
RODICA f Romanian
Derived from Slavic rod meaning "fertile".
RODINA f Scottish
Scottish feminine form of RODERICK.
RODION m Russian
Russian form of HERODION.
RODNEY m English
From a surname, originally derived from a place name, which meant "Hroda's island" in Old English (where Hroda is a Germanic given name meaning "fame"). It was first used as a given name in honour of the British admiral Lord Rodney (1719-1792).
RODOLFITO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of RODOLFO.
RODOLFO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUDOLF. This is the name of the hero in Puccini's opera La Bohème (1896).
RODOLPHE m French
French form of RUDOLF.
RODRIGO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of RODERICK. A notable bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid, an 11th-century Spanish military commander.
RODRIGUE m French
French form of RODERICK.
RODYA m Russian
Diminutive of RODION.
ROEL m Dutch
Short form of ROELAND or ROELOF.
ROELAND m Dutch
Dutch form of ROLAND.
ROELOF m Dutch
Dutch form of RUDOLF.
ROFFE m Swedish
Swedish diminutive of ROLF.
ROGELIO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Rogelius, which was possibly derived from the name Rogatus, which was itself derived from Latin rogatus "request".
ROGER m English, French, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch
Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.
ROGÉRIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROGER.
ROGHAYEH f Persian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROGIER m Dutch
Dutch form of ROGER.
ROHAN (1) m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada
Derived from Sanskrit रोहण (rohana) meaning "ascending".
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 Sindarin.
ROHESE f Medieval English
Norman French form of HRODOHAIDIS.
ROHESIA f Medieval English (Latinized)
Latinized form of the medieval name Rohese (see ROSE).
ROHIT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit रोहित (rohita) meaning "red".
ROI (1) m Galician
Galician short form of RODRIGO.
ROI (2) m Hebrew
Means "my shepherd" in Hebrew.
ROIBEÁRD m Irish
Irish form of ROBERT.
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).
ROK m Slovene
Slovene form of ROCCO.
ROKAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ROCCO.
ROKO m Croatian
Croatian form of ROCCO.
ROKSANA f Russian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
ROKURO m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 六郎 (see ROKURŌ).
ROKURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese (roku) meaning "six" and () meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the sixth son. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
ROKUROU m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 六郎 (see ROKURŌ).
ROKUS m Dutch
Dutch variant of ROCHUS.
ROLAN m Russian
Russian form of ROLAND.
ROLAND m English, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Medieval French
From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and landa meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic La Chanson de Roland, in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.
ROLANDE f French
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROLANDO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROLDÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of ROLAND.
ROLDÃO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROLF m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
From the Germanic name Hrolf (or its Old Norse cognate Hrólfr), a contracted form of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF). The Normans introduced this name to England but it soon became rare. In the modern era it has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world as a German import.
ROLLAND m English
Variant of ROLAND.
ROLLO m English
Latinized form of Roul, the Old French form of ROLF. Rollo (or Rolf) the Ganger was an exiled Viking who, in the 10th century, became the first Duke of Normandy. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.
ROLY m English
Diminutive of ROLAND.
ROMA (1) m Russian
Diminutive of ROMAN.
ROMA (2) f Various
From the name of the Italian city, commonly called Rome in English.
ROMÀ m Catalan
Catalan form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAEUS m Late Roman
Latin form of ROMEO.
ROMAIN m French
French form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAINE f French, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMÁN m Spanish, Hungarian (Rare)
Spanish and Hungarian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAN m Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, German, English
From the Late Latin name Romanus meaning "Roman". This name was borne by several early saints.
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).
ROMANO m Italian
Italian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANOS m Late Greek
Greek form of Romanus (see ROMAN). This was the name of four Byzantine emperors.
ROMĀNS m Latvian
Latvian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANUS m Late Roman
Latin form of ROMAN.
ROMÃO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEIN m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEO m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin Romaeus or Late Greek Ρωμαῖος (Romaios), which meant "from ROME" or "Roman". In medieval Italian this meant "a pilgrim to Rome". Romeo is best known as the lover of Juliet in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet (1596).
ROMEU m Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ROMEO.
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".
ROMILIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name derived from the mythological name ROMULUS.
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
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
ROMOLO m Italian
Italian form of ROMULUS.
ROMUALD m French, Polish, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements hrom meaning "fame" and wald meaning "rule". This was the name of an 11th-century Italian saint who founded the Camaldolese order.
ROMUALDAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ROMUALD.
ROMUALDO m Italian
Italian form of ROMUALD.
ROMUALDS m Latvian
Latvian form of ROMUALD.
RÓMULO m Spanish
Spanish form of ROMULUS.
RÔMULO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROMULUS.
ROMULUS m Roman Mythology
Means "of Rome" in Latin. In Roman legend Romulus and Remus were the founders of the city of Rome.
ROMY f German, Dutch, English
Diminutive of ROSEMARIE or ROSEMARY.
RON (1) m English
Short form of RONALD.
RON (2) m Hebrew
Means "song, joy" in Hebrew.
RONA (1) f English
Variant of RHONA.
RONA (2) f Hebrew
Feminine form of RON (2).
RONALD m Scottish, English, Dutch, German
Scottish form of RAGNVALDR, a name introduced to Scotland by Scandinavian settlers and invaders. It became popular outside Scotland during the 20th century. A famous bearer was American actor and president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
RONALDA f Scottish
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONALDO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of RONALD. A notable bearer is the retired Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (1976-), who is commonly known only by his first name.
RÓNÁN m Irish
Means "little seal", derived from Irish rón "seal" combined with a diminutive suffix.
RONAN m Breton, Irish, French, English (Modern)
Breton and Anglicized form of RÓNÁN.
RONDA f English
Variant of RHONDA.
RONEN m Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew רוֹן (ron) meaning "song, joy".
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.
RONI (3) m Finnish
Finnish short form of HIERONYMUS.
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).
RONNE m Frisian
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element hraban meaning "raven".
RONNETTE f English (Rare)
Feminine form of RONALD.
RONNIE m & f English
Diminutive of RONALD or VERONICA.
RONNY m English
Diminutive of RONALD.
ROOPE m Finnish
Finnish form of ROBERT.
ROOPERTTI m Finnish (Rare)
Older Finnish form of ROBERT.
ROOS f Dutch
Dutch vernacular form of ROSA (1), meaning "rose" in Dutch.
ROOSEVELT m English
From a Dutch surname meaning "rose field". This name is often given in honour of American presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
ROOSJE f Dutch
Diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROPARZH m Breton
Breton form of ROBERT.
ROQUE m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ROCCO.
RÓRDÁN m Irish
From the older Irish name Ríoghbhardán, which meant "little poet king" from Irish Gaelic ríogh "king" combined with bard "poet" and a diminutive suffix.
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, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the 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.
ROSAIRE m French
Means "rosary" French.
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.
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).
ROSCOE m English
From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, itself derived from Old Norse "roebuck" and skógr "wood, forest".
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.
ROSENDO m Spanish
Spanish form of a Visigothic name composed of the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and sinths "path". This was the name of a 10th-century Galician saint, also known as Rudesind.
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.
ROSS m Scottish, English
From a Scottish and English surname that originally indicated a person from a place called Ross (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), derived from Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), an Antarctic explorer.
ROSSA f Italian
Means "red" in Italian.
ROSSANA f Italian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSSELLA f Italian
Diminutive of ROSSA.
RÖSTÄM m Tatar
Tatar form of ROSTAM.
ROSTAM m Persian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha "to grow" and takhma "strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi recorded his tale in the Shahnameh.
ROSTISLAV m Russian, Czech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements rasti "growth" and slava "glory".
ROSTOM m Georgian
Georgian form of ROSTAM.
ROSWELL m English
From a surname that was derived from an Old English place name meaning "horse spring".
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".
ROUBEN m Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Ռուբեն (see RUBEN).
ROUL m Medieval French, Medieval English
Norman French form of ROLF.
ROWAN m & f Irish, English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning "descendant of RUADHÁN". This name can also be given in reference to the rowan tree.
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).
ROWLAND m English
Medieval variant of ROLAND.
ROWLEY m English
Variant of ROLY.
RÖWŞEN m Turkmen
Turkmen form of ROSHAN.
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.
ROXELANA f History
From a Turkish nickname meaning "Ruthenian". This referred to the region of Ruthenia, covering Belarus, Ukraine and western Russia. Roxelana (1502-1558), also known by the name Hürrem, was a slave and then concubine of Süleyman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. She eventually became his wife and produced his heir, Selim II.
ROXIE f English
Diminutive of ROXANA.
ROXY f English
Diminutive of ROXANA.
ROY m Scottish, English, Dutch
Anglicized form of RUADH. A notable bearer was the Scottish outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy (1671-1734). It is often associated with French roi "king".
ROYAL m & f English
From the English word royal, derived (via Old French) from Latin regalis, a derivative of rex "king". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century.
ROYALE f & m English (Rare)
Variant of ROYAL.
ROYCE m English
From a surname that was derived from the medieval given name Royse, a variant of ROSE.
ROYDON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "rye hill", from Old English ryge "rye" and dun "hill".
ROYLE m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "rye hill" from Old English ryge "rye" and hyll "hill".
ROYSE f Medieval English
Medieval variant of ROSE.
ROYSTON m English (British)
From a surname that was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "town of Royse". The given name Royse was a medieval variant of ROSE.
ROZ f English
Short form of ROSALIND, ROSAMUND, and other names beginning with the same sound.
RÓŻA f Polish
Means "rose" in Polish. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RÓZA f Hungarian
Variant of RÓZSA.
ROZA (1) f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "rose" in some Slavic languages. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZA (2) f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic short form of feminine names beginning with the element hrod meaning "fame".
ROZABELA f Esperanto
Means "rosy-beautiful" in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin rosa "rose" and bella "beautiful".
ROZÁLIA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIA f Polish, Romanian
Polish and Romanian form of ROSALIA.
ROZÁLIE f Czech
Czech form of ROSALIA.
ROZĀLIJA f Latvian
Latvian form of ROSALIA.
ROZALIJA f Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of ROSALIA in several languages.
ROZALIYA f Russian
Russian form of ROSALIA.
ROZANNE f English
Variant of ROSANNE.
ROZÁRIE f Czech (Rare)
Czech form of ROSARIA.
ROŽĖ f Lithuanian
Means "rose" in Lithuanian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZENN f Breton
Means "rose" in Breton.
ROZIKA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of ROZALIJA.
ROZINA f Hungarian (Modern)
Hungarian form of ROSINA.
RÓZSA f Hungarian
Means "rose" in Hungarian. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
RÓZSI f Hungarian
Diminutive of RÓZSA.
RU m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "scholar", () meaning "like, as, if", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
RUADH m Irish, Scottish
Gaelic byname meaning "red", often a nickname for one with red hair. This was the nickname of the Scottish outlaw Raibeart Ruadh MacGregor (1671-1734), known as Rob Roy in English.
RUADHÁN m Irish
Diminutive of RUADH.
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