Names Starting with R

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Rowan m & f Irish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruadhán. As an English name, it can also be derived from the surname Rowan, itself derived from the Irish given name. It could also be given in reference to the rowan tree, a word of Old Norse origin (coincidentally sharing the same Indo-European root meaning "red" with the Irish name).
Rowanne f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Rowan.
Rowena f English
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic name derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wunn "joy, bliss". According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a daughter of the Saxon chief Hengist. Alternatively, Geoffrey may have based it on a Welsh name. It was popularized by 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.
Royalty f English (Modern)
From the English word royalty, derived (via Old French) from Latin regalitas, a derivative of rex "king".
Royce m English
From an English 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.
Rúadán m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Ruadhán.
Ruadh m Medieval Irish, Medieval Scottish
Irish and 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
From Old Irish Rúadán, derived from rúad "red" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of the founder of the monastery of Lorrha in the 6th century.
Ruaidhrí m Irish
From Old Irish Ruaidrí meaning "red king", from rúad "red" combined with "king". This was the name of the last high king of Ireland, reigning in the 12th century.
Ruaidrí m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Ruaidhrí.
Ruairi m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Ruaidhrí.
Ruairí m Irish
Variant of Ruaidhrí.
Ruairidh m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Ruaidhrí.
Ruaraidh m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Ruaidhrí.
Ruarc m Irish
From Old Irish Ruarcc. It was possibly an early borrowing from the Old Norse name Hrœrekr. Alternatively it might be derived from Old Irish elements such as rúad "red" and arg "hero, champion". This was the name of a 9th-century king of Leinster.
Ruarcc m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Ruarc.
Ruaridh m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Ruaidhrí.
Ruba f Arabic
Means "hill" in Arabic.
Rubab f Arabic
From an Arabic word referring to a type of stringed musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Husayn.
Rube m English
Short form of Reuben.
Rubem m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Reuben.
Rúben m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Reuben.
Rubén m Spanish
Spanish form of Reuben.
Rubèn m Catalan
Catalan form of Reuben.
Ruben m Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Italian, Armenian, Biblical Latin
Dutch, Scandinavian, French and Armenian form of Reuben. This was the name of an 11th-century Armenian ruler of Cilicia.
Rubena f Esperanto
From Esperanto rubeno meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
Rubens m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese variant form of Reuben.
Rubina f Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Derived from Portuguese rubi or Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
Rubinho m Portuguese
Diminutive of Rúben, Rubem or Rubens.
Ruby f English
Simply from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber "red"), which is the traditional birthstone of July. It came into use as a given name in the 16th century.
Rubye f English
Variant of Ruby.
Rudesind m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Rosendo.
Rudi m German, Hungarian
Diminutive of Rudolf.
Rüdiger m German
German form of Roger.
Rudīte f Latvian
From Latvian ruds meaning "red, red-haired".
Rudo m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
Rudolf m German, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Dutch, Russian, Armenian
From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wulf "wolf". It was borne by three kings of Burgundy, as well as several Habsburg rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. Anthony Hope used this name for the hero in his popular novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894).
Rūdolfs m Latvian
Latvian form of Rudolf.
Rudolph m English
English form of Rudolf, imported from Germany in the 19th century. Robert L. May used it in 1939 for his Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Rudy m English
Diminutive of Rudolf.
Rudyard m English (Rare)
From a place name meaning "red yard" in Old English. This name was borne by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the author of The Jungle Book and other works, who was named after Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.
Rue f English
From the name of the bitter medicinal herb, ultimately deriving from Greek ῥυτή (rhyte). This is also sometimes used as a short form of Ruth 1.
Ruedi m German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive of Rudolf.
Ruf f Russian
Russian form of Ruth 1.
Rufaro f Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
Rufino m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Rufinus.
Rufinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from the cognomen Rufus. It was borne by several early saints.
Rufus m Ancient Roman, English, Biblical
Roman cognomen meaning "red-haired" in Latin. Several early saints had this name, including one mentioned in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament. As a nickname it was used by William II Rufus, a king of England, because of his red hair. It came into general use in the English-speaking world after the Protestant Reformation.
Ruggero m Italian
Italian form of Roger.
Ruggiero m Italian
Italian form of Roger. This is the name of a Saracen knight in the epic poems Orlando Innamorato (1483) by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando Furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto, as well as several operas based on the poems.
Rugilė f Lithuanian
From Lithuanian rugys meaning "rye".
Ruh m Arabic
Means "spirit" in Arabic.
Rui m Portuguese
Variant of Ruy.
Ruiha f Maori
Maori form of Louisa.
Rukiye f Turkish
Turkish form of Ruqayyah.
Rukmini f Hinduism, Mari, Indian, Kannada
Means "adorned with gold" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of a princess who became the wife of Krishna.
Rumbidzai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona rumbidza meaning "praise".
Rumen m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "ruddy, red-cheeked" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Rumena f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Rumen.
Rumhilt f Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of Romilda.
Rumiana f Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Румяна (see Rumyana).
Rumpelstiltskin m Literature
From German Rumpelstilzchen, possibly from German rumpeln meaning "make noise" and Stelze meaning "stilt", combined with the diminutive suffix -chen. It has been suggested that it was inspired by a children's game Rumpele stilt oder der Poppart mentioned in Johann Fischart's 1577 book Geschichtklitterung. This name was used by the Brothers Grimm in an 1812 fairy tale about a magical little man (Rumpelstiltskin) who saves a miller's daughter in exchange for her firstborn child. In order to undo the deal, she must guess the man's name. The Grimm's story was based upon earlier European folk tales (which have various names for the little man).
Rumpelstilzchen m Literature
Original German form of Rumpelstiltskin.
Rumyana f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Rumen.
Rúna f Old Norse, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse, Icelandic and Faroese feminine form of Rune.
Runa f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Feminine form of Rune.
Rúnar m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Runar.
Runar m Norwegian
Derived from the Old Norse elements rún "secret lore" and arr "warrior". This name did not exist in Old Norse, but was created in the modern era.
Rune m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse rún meaning "secret lore".
Rúni m Old Norse, Faroese
Old Norse and Faroese form of Rune.
Rupa f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali
Means "shape, form" in Sanskrit.
Rupert m German, English
German variant form of Robert. The military commander Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a nephew of Charles I, introduced this name to England in the 17th century.
Ruperta f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Rupert.
Ruperto m Spanish
Spanish form of Rupert.
Rupinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Means "greatest beauty" from Sanskrit रूप (rupa) meaning "beauty, form" combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra, used here to mean "greatest".
Ruqayya f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رقيّة (see Ruqayyah).
Ruqayyah f Arabic
Derived either from Arabic رقى (ruqia) meaning "rise, ascent" or from رقية (ruqyah) meaning "spell, charm, incantation". This was the name of one of the daughters of the Prophet Muhammad. She became a wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims.
Rurik m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of the Old Norse name Hrœrekr. This was the name of a 9th-century Varangian ruler of Novgorod.
Ruşen m & f Turkish
Turkish form of Roshan.
Rusiko f Georgian
Diminutive of Rusudan.
Ruska f Georgian
Diminutive of Rusudan.
Ruslan m Russian, Tatar, Bashkir, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Turkmen, Azerbaijani, Ossetian, Chechen, Ingush, Avar, Circassian, Indonesian, Malay
Form of Yeruslan used by Aleksandr Pushkin in his poem Ruslan and Ludmila (1820), which was loosely based on Russian and Tatar folktales of Yeruslan Lazarevich.
Ruslana f Ukrainian
Feminine form of Ruslan.
Russ m English
Short form of Russell.
Russel m English
Variant of Russell.
Russell m English
From an English surname, of Norman origin, meaning "little red one" (a diminutive of Old French rous "red"). A notable bearer of the surname was the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), who wrote on many subjects including logic, epistemology and mathematics. He was also a political activist for causes such as pacifism and women's rights.... [more]
Rüstəm m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Rostam.
Rustam m Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik, Indonesian
Form of Rostam in various languages.
Rüstem m Turkish
Turkish form of Rostam.
Rusticus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from Latin rusticus meaning "rural, rustic", a derivative of rus meaning "open land, countryside". This name was borne by several early saints.
Rustik m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Rusticus.
Rusty m English
From a nickname that was originally given to someone with a rusty, or reddish-brown, hair colour.
Rusudan f Georgian
Possibly derived from Persian روز (ruz) meaning "day". This name was borne by a 13th-century ruling queen of Georgia.
Rusudani f Georgian
Form of Rusudan with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
Rusul m Arabic
Means "prophets, messengers" in Arabic.
Rút f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Ruth 1.
Rut f Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Form of Ruth 1 in several languages.
Rūta f Lithuanian, Latvian
Means "rue" in Lithuanian, the rue plant being a bitter medicinal herb that is a national symbol of Lithuania. This is also the Lithuanian form of Ruth 1.
Ruta f Polish, Latvian
Polish and Latvian form of Ruth 1.
Rute f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Ruth 1.
Rutendo f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "thankfulness" in Shona.
Rutger m Dutch
Dutch form of Roger.
Ruth 1 f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Hebrew name that was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת (re'ut) meaning "friend". This is the name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. She was a Moabite woman who accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after Ruth's husband died. There she met and married Boaz. She was an ancestor of King David.... [more]
Ruth 2 m Limburgish
Limburgish short form of Rutger.
Ruthi f Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Ruth 1.
Ruthie f English
Diminutive of Ruth 1.
Rutt f Estonian
Estonian form of Ruth 1.
Ruuben m Finnish (Rare), Estonian (Rare)
Finnish and Estonian form of Reuben.
Ruud m Dutch
Dutch short form of Rudolf.
Ruut f Finnish
Finnish form of Ruth 1.
Ruvim m Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of Reuben.
Ruvimu m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Reuben.
Ruwa f Arabic
Means "beauty" in Arabic.
Ruwan m Sinhalese
From Sinhala රුවන (ruvana) meaning "gem".
Ruxandra f Romanian
Romanian form of Roxana.
Ruy m Portuguese, Spanish
Medieval Portuguese and Spanish short form of Rodrigo. It is another name of the 11th-century Spanish military commander Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid.
Ruya f Arabic
Means "vision, sight" in Arabic.
Ruža f Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Means "rose" in Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian, a cognate of Rosa 1. In Macedonian, ружа is an alternate form of the word роза (roza).
Ruzan f Armenian
Meaning unknown. It was used by the Armenian author Muratsan for the main character in his historical play Ruzan (1882).
Ruzanna f Armenian
Elaboration of Ruzan, perhaps influenced by Rosanna.
Růžena f Czech
Derived from Czech růže meaning "rose".
Ružena f Slovak
Derived from Slovak ruže meaning "rose".
Rüzgar m Turkish
Means "wind" in Turkish.
Ruzha f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "hollyhock" in Bulgarian (referring to flowering plants from the genera Alcea and Althaea). This is also an alternate transcription of Macedonian Ружа (see Ruža).
Ružica f Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of Ruža.
Ry m English
Short form of Ryan and other names beginning with Ry.
Ryan m English
From a common Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Riain. This patronymic derives from the given name Rian, which is of uncertain meaning. It is traditionally said to mean "little king", from Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix.... [more]
Ryana f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Ryann f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Ryanne f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of Ryan.
Ryder m English (Modern)
From an English occupational surname derived from Old English ridere meaning "mounted warrior" or "messenger". It has grown in popularity in the 2000s because it starts with the same sound found in other popular names like Ryan and Riley.
Ryhor m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Gregory.
Ryker m English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of the German surname Riker, a derivative of Low German rike "rich". As a modern English name, it has become popular because it shares the same trendy sounds found in other names such as Ryan and Ryder.
Rylan m English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of Ryland, though it could also be an invented name inspired by other names like Ryan and Riley.
Ryland m English (Modern)
From an English surname, which was originally derived from a place name meaning "rye land" in Old English.
Rylee f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Riley.
Ryleigh f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of Riley.
Ryley m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Riley.
Rylie f & m English (Modern)
Variant of Riley.
Ryo m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or or (see Ryō).
Ryō m Japanese
From Japanese (ryō) meaning "cool, refreshing", (ryō) meaning "distant" or (ryō) meaning "reality", as well as other kanji that have the same pronunciation.
Ryōichi m Japanese
From Japanese (ryō) meaning "good" or (ryō) meaning "clear" combined with (ichi) meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Ryoichi m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 良一 or 亮一 (see Ryōichi).
Ryōsuke m Japanese
From Japanese (ryō) meaning "clear" combined with (suke) meaning "help, assist". Other combinations of kanji having the same reading can also form this name.
Ryōta m Japanese
From Japanese (ryō) meaning "cool, refreshing", (ryō) meaning "clear" or (ryō) meaning "good" combined with (ta) meaning "thick, big, great". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.
Ryota m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 涼太 or 亮太 or 良太 (see Ryōta).
Ryou m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or or (see Ryō).
Ryouichi m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 良一 or 亮一 (see Ryōichi).
Ryousuke m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 亮介 or 亮輔 or 涼介 or 良介 (see Ryōsuke).
Ryouta m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 涼太 or 亮太 or 良太 (see Ryōta).
Ryszard m Polish
Polish form of Richard.
Ryū m Japanese
From Japanese 竜 or 龍 (ryū) meaning "dragon", as well as other kanji with the same pronunciation.
Ryūji m Japanese
From Japanese 竜 or 龍 (ryū) meaning "dragon" or (ryū) meaning "noble, prosperous" combined with (ji) meaning "two" or (ji) meaning "officer, boss". This name can also be formed using other kanji combinations.
Ryūnosuke m Japanese
From Japanese 竜 or 龍 (ryū) meaning "dragon" or (ryū) meaning "noble, prosperous" combined with (no), a possessive marker, and (suke) meaning "help, assist". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Ryuu m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji or (see Ryū).
Ryuuji m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 竜二 or 龍二 or 隆二 or 竜司 or 龍司 or 隆司 or 竜次 or 龍次 or 竜児 or 龍児 (see Ryūji).
Ryuunosuke m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 竜之介 or 龍之介 or 隆之介 (see Ryūnosuke).