Rita

Rita is a short form of Margarita, the Latinate form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. I’ve also seen it listed as also being an Indian female name, derived from Sanskrit rit meaning “true, enlightened, luminous, brave, honest” .

Rita is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 理多 “reason + abundance, many”, 莉多 “jasmine + abundance, many”, and other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Sanskrit, Japanese

Variants:

  • Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman)
  • Margherita (Italian)

 

Rachelle

Rachelle (pr. either as ray-chel or ra-shel) is a variant spelling of Rachel, a Hebrew female name meaning “ewe”. In the Old Testament, Rachel is the beautiful younger sister of Leah, both of them married to Jacob, and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Rachel (English, Hebrew, German, French, Dutch)
  • Rachael (English)
  • Racheal (English)
  • Rachyl (English)
  • Raschelle (English)
  • Rahel (Biblical Latin)
  • Rakel (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic)
  • Raakel (Finnish)
  • Ráhel (Finnish)
  • Ráichéal (Irish)
  • Rachele (Italian)
  • Raquel (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Rahela (Romanian, Serbian)
  • Ruchel (Yiddish)

 

Rosie

Rosie is usually treated as a nickname for Rose, the Norman form of Rohese meaning “famous type, famous kind” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and heid (kind, sort, type). Rose later became associated with Latin Rosa meaning “rose”, referring to the flower. Spelled Rosy, it refers to a pinkish-red color as well as used to refer to something that is cheerful, bright, and optimistic, or it can be used to refer to someone who has rosy cheeks i.e., having a healthy pink complexion.

Origin: Ancient Germanic, Latin

Variants:

  • Rosy (English)
  • Rose (English, French)

 

Roma

Roma is the Latin name for the city of Rome, a name of uncertain etymology though the name’s origins have often been linked to its founder, Romulus, meaning “of Rome”. However, it’s likely that Romulus may have derived his name from the city and other theories regarding Rome’s meaning are: it might be from Greek rhōmē meaning “strength” or “might”; rheo or Latin ruo meaning “flow”; or from Etruscan ruma from the root word for “teat”, either in reference to the wolf that took in and suckled the infants Romulus and Remus in Roman mythology, or so named for the shape of the Palatine and Aventine hills.

Roma is also the Russian diminutive of Roman which comes from Latin Romanus meaning “Roman”, referring to a citizen of Rome, as well as also used to refer to the Roman goddess or personification of the ancient city of Rome in Roman mythology.

Origin: Uncertain, possibly Greek or Etruscan

Variants:

  • Roman (Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, German)
  • Romanus (Latin)
  • Romanos (Latin, Greek)
  • Romain (French)
  • Romano (Italian)
  • Romeo (Italian)
  • Romolo (Italian form of Romulus)
  • Romaeus (Latin form of Romeo)
  • Romà (Catalan)
  • Román (Hungarian, Spanish)
  • Romão (Portuguese)

 

Female forms:

  • Romana (Italian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman)
  • Romola (Italian feminine form of Romulus)
  • Romaine (French, English)
  • Romane (French)
  • Romayne (English)
  • Romána (Hungarian)

 

Rozalia

Rozalia is the Polish and Romanian form of Rosalia, which comes from Late Latin rosa meaning “rose”.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Rozália (Hungarian)
  • Rosalia (Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Rosália (Portuguese)
  • Rosalía (Galician, Spanish)
  • Rozalija (Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Rosalie (French)
  • Rozaliya (Russian)

 

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”,  “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Luisa (the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis ultimately derived from a Germanic name meaning “famous war/battle”

Risa is also the Spanish word for “laughter, laugh” which comes from Latin risus/rideo. 

Origin: Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Germanic, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Marisa
  • Parisa

 

Raphael

Raphael comes from Hebrew Rafa’el meaning “God has healed”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Raph/Raf

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Rafael (Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Rafinha (Portuguese diminutive of Rafael)
  • Rafa (Spanish diminutive of Rafael)
  • Raffael (German)
  • Raphaël (French)
  • Rafa’el (Hebrew)
  • Rafaël (Dutch)
  • Raffaele (Italian)
  • Raffaello (Italian)
  • Rafał (Polish)

 

Female forms:

  • Raphaela (German, English)
  • Raffaela (German)
  • Rafaela (Spanish, Portuguese, Macedonian)
  • Raphaëlle (French)
  • Raffaella (Italian)
  • Raffaëla (Dutch)

 

Rebecca

Rebecca is a variant spelling of Rebekah which comes from Hebrew Rivka which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty.

Nicknames: Becky, Becca/Beka, Bex, Beck, Reba

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Rebekah (English)
  • Rebekka (German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek)
  • Rebeccah (English)
  • Rebeckah (English)
  • Rébecca (French)
  • Rebeka (Hungarian)
  • Rebeca (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Rebecka (Swedish)
  • Rivka (Hebrew)
  • Riva (Hebrew diminutive of Rivka)
  • Rivqah (Hebrew)

 

Ryu

Ryu (also spelled Ryū and Ryuu) is a Japanese male name meaning “dragon” with various kanji such as: 龍 “dragon” and 竜 “dragon”; other meanings are 隆 “noble, prosperous”, 立 “to stand up, to erect, to set up”, 笠 “bamboo hat, shade”, and likely other meanings. Ryu could also be used in combination with other names, such as Ryutaro or Ryuunosuke.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Ryū
  • Ryuu

 

Rei

Rei (pr. ray) is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more popular for women. Some meanings depending on the kanji are: 玲 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade”; 礼威 “reverence + dominate, intimidate, power”; 礼 (reverence, etiquette, bow); 霊 (soul, spirit, ghost); 玲生 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade + life, existence, being”; 礼唯 “reverence + only, sole, alone”; 零 (zero); 麗 (lovely, elegance, beauty); 例 (example, instance); 令 (order, command); 怜 (to know, wise); 鈴 (bell, chime); 嶺 (peak, summit); 黎 (black, dark, gloomy, many); 澪 (waterway, channel, wake “of a ship”); 励 (strive, encourage); and many more depending on the kanji used. Other variants of the name include Reiko, with the (ko) meaning “child”, only used for females; Reika, also used for females with the (ka) ending meaning 香 “fragrance” and 花 “flower”; and Reiki, a unisex name with the (ki) ending meaning 樹 “tree”; 輝 “radiance, brilliance, splendor”; and likely various other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Reiko (f)
  • Reika (f)
  • Reiki (u)