Raleigh

Raleigh comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Raleigh. It either means “red clearing” from Old English elements read (red) and leah (clearing, wood), or “roe deer clearing” from Old English ra (roe) and leah (clearing, wood). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Rawley (English) Rawleigh (English) Raley (English)  

Rotaru

Rotaru comes from a Romanian surname, an occupational name meaning “wheelwright” or “wheel maker”, referring to someone who built or repaired wooden wheels. It derives from the Romanian word roată meaning “wheel” via Latin rota (wheel) deriving from a PIE root word. As far as I can tell, Rotaru has never been used as a given name….

Reuven

Reuven is a Hebrew male name meaning “behold, a son” or “vision of a son”, the name of the eldest son of Jacob and Leah from the Old Testament. Nicknames: Reu, Rue Origin: Hebrew Variants: Reuben (Hebrew, English) Rouben (Armenian, Biblical Greek) Ruben (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Armenian) Rubèn (Catalan) Rúben (Portuguese) Rubem (Brazilian Portuguese) Rubens (Brazilian…

Remiel

Remiel is the name of an archangel in the Book of Enoch, who is responsible for divine visions as well as guiding the souls of the faithful to heaven. Remiel could be a variant spelling of Ramiel meaning “thunder of God”, made up from Hebrew ra’am (thunder) and el (god), though I’ve also seen Remiel listed as meaning “mercy…

Robert

Robert is an English male name, the anglicized form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright). Robert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Rob/Robb, Robbie/Robby, Bobby/Bobbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic) Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Roibeárd (Irish) Roopertti (Finnish) Roberts (Latvian) Robertas (Lithuanian) Raibeart (Scottish) Rupert (English,…

Ramira

Ramira is a Spanish female name, the feminine form of Ramiro, a Spanish and Portuguese form of Ramirus, the Latinized form of a Visigothic name which seems to be derived from Proto-Germanic elements *raginą (decision, advice, counsel) and *mērijaz (renowned, famous, great). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Ramiro (Spanish, Portuguese) Ramirus (Latinized Ancient Germanic) Raginmar (Ancient Germanic)  

Rashid

Rashid is an Arabic male name meaning “rightly guided; following the right course” which comes from Arabic root word r-š-d (to go the right way, to follow the right course); it derives from the same root word as Rashad. Rashid is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Rasheed (Arabic) Rashed (Arabic) Rachid…

Remora

Remora is the name of a fish in the family Echeneidae, also known as suckerfish, because they attach themselves to other fish (such as sharks and turtles) and boats. Remora comes from Latin meaning “delay, hindrance”, made up of prefix re- (back, backwards) and mora (delay). The remora actually got their name in the belief that their attaching themselves to…

Ryou

Ryou (also spelled Ryō) is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ryou 涼 “refreshing; nice, cool” (涼); ryou 遼 “distant; far” (遼); ryou 諒 “reality; fact” (諒); ryōu 凌 “endure; keep (rain) out + u 羽 “feather; plume; wing” (B); ryou 椋 “dragon; imperial”; ryou 椋 “type of a deciduous tree”, also known as a scabrous aphananthe or a muku tree, found in…