Animals, Fox, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Reynard

Reynard is the English form of Germanic Reginhard meaning “brave counsel” from ragin (advice, counsel) and hard (brave, hardy). Reynard features heavily in medieval English, French, Dutch, and German fables as an anthropomorphic red fox who is a trickster figure. Because of the popularity of Reynard the fox, renard became a word in French meaning “fox”. Reynard is also an English and French surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Rey

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Raynard (English)
  • Renard (French)
  • Raginhard (Ancient Germanic)
  • Rainard (Ancient Germanic)
  • Reinhard (German, Ancient Germanic)
  • Reindert (Frisian)

 

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