Rey

Rey is a Spanish male name (and word) meaning “king” derived from Latin rex (king, ruler) via a PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). It could also be a short form of Reymundo, a variant spelling of Raymundo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond, the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector…

Rishi

Rishi is an Indian male name meaning “sage, poet” whoch was originally used for a poet who was inspired by Vedic hymns, as well as the name and term of several characters in Hinduism. The origin of the name derives from Sanskrit via Proto-Indo-Iranian *r̥šíš (seer). Rishi is also a Japanese male name with several different meanings…

Raquel

Raquel is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Rachel, a Hebrew female name meaning “ewe”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Rachel (English, Hebrew, German, French, Dutch) Rachelle (English) Rachael (English) Racheal (English) Rachyl (English) Raschelle (English) Rahel (Biblical Latin) Rakel (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic) Raakel (Finnish) Ráhel (Hungarian) Ráichéal (Irish) Rachele (Italian) Rahela (Romanian, Serbian) Ruchel (Yiddish) Rahela…

Rusty

Rusty is an English male given name originally derived from a nickname for someone who had reddish-brown hair or a rust-toned complexion. It may have derived from Russell which comes from Old French rousel meaning “little red one” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “red”. Rusty is also an English word, an adjective which refers to…

Rigel

Rigel is the name of a blue supergiant star in the Orion constellaton. The name comes from Arabic rijl meaning “foot, leg” from Rijl Jauzah al Yusra “the left leg of Jauzah”, (Jauzah being the Arabic name of Orion from Greek mythology) though it’s also been called rijl al-gabbar (leg of the great one) also spelled Algebar and Elgebar in English. Rigel is also a surname though…

Ryana

Ryana is the feminine form of Ryan, an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Riain meaning “descendant of Rían”, Rían meaning “little king” from Irish rí (king) with the diminutive suffix -an. It could also be a variant spelling of Rhianna, either a variant of Rhiannon meaning “great queen” or it could be a variant spelling of Rihanna which derives from…

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means “bright, light, shining” either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne…

Rex

Rex comes from Latin rex meaning “king” derived from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). Rex is also an English surname, either derived from the given name or as a variant spelling of Ricks, a topographic name for someone who lived near where rushes or reeds grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Rexa (English) Regina…

Riko

Riko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ri 莉 “jasmine” + ko 子 “child” (莉子); ri 理 “reason, logic” + ko 子 “child” (理子); ri 璃 “glassy; lapiz lazuli” + ko 子 “child” (璃子); ri 里 “village” + ko 子 “child”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana りこ. Riko could also be a…

Randi

Randi is primarily a feminine spelling of Randy though it’s been used for men as well. Randy is a short form of Randall which derives from Germanic name Randolf meaning “shield of a wolf” or “wolf’s shield” from Germanic elements rand (rim ‘of a shield’) and wulf (wolf). I’ve also seen it listed as a nickname for Miranda, a female name derived from Latin mirandus meaning “admirable, wonderful” from Latin mīrus (wonderful, marvelous,…

Rue

Rue is the name of a species of plants that were used as medicinal herbs and in cooking. The name comes from Latin rūta derived from Ancient Greek rhutḗ, derived from an uncertain etymology though it may be derived from a Peloponnesian word. Rue is also an English word meaning “to regret, feel remorse or sorrow for”. It…

Renfred

Renfred is an Old English male name meaning “counsel of peace” or “peaceful counsel” derived from Old English elements regin-, ragin- (advice, counsel) and friþ (peace; refuge, sanctuary). Renfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Raganfrid (Old German) Renfry (Old English) Renfree (Old English) Reynfrey  

Rialta

Rialta is a female name as well as an Irish word, the anglicized form of ríagalta meaning “regular, habitual; bound by rule”. It’s also a feminine form of Rialto, the name of a city in Venice. It comes from Rivoaltus meaning “high bank” or “deep river” made up from rivo, the Italian word for “stream, bank, shore, brook” from Latin rīvus derived…

Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning “rose” which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning “pomegranate”. Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,…

Rolin

Rolin comes from a French surname of uncertain origin. It could be a variant form of Roland, a male name meaning “famous land” made up from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), both deriving from a PIE source, though it’s possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning “brave, daring”. Rolin could also be a variant spelling…

Raffaello

Raffaello is the Italian form of Raphael, which comes from Hebrew Rafa’el meaning “God has healed”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Raffaele (Italian) Raffaellino (Italian) Raphael (English, German) Raffael (German) Rafael (Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Slovene) Rafaël (Dutch) Raphaël (French) Rafał (Polish) Rafail (Greek, Russian) Rafa’el (Biblical Hebrew)   Female forms: Raffaella (Italian) Raphaela (German, English) Raffaela (German) Rafaela (Spanish, Portuguese)…

Rohini

Rohini is an Indian female name and another name for Aldebaran, the name of the brightest star in the Taurus constellation. Rohini means “the red one” and is the name of the principal wife of Krishna in Hindu mythology, who was the avatar of the god Vishnu, as well as the name of a consort of the moond god Chandra. I’ve…

Rohit

Rohit is an Indian male name meaning “red” which comes from Sanskrit rohita रोहित, used to refer to a red horse or a red deer. It derives from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red). Rohit also features in Hindu myth as the form of a red deer taken by the god Brahma Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Rohita (Indian) male Rohith (Indian)  

Raven

Raven is the name of several bird species belonging to the genus Corvus notable for their black plumage and loud, croaking calls. The raven has a long history of symbolism in various cultures and mythologies such as being the symbol of the Greek god Apollo and the Norse god Odin who is always depicted with two ravens- Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) who fly all…

Roan

Roan is a Frisian male name, a form of Ronne which is the Frisian form of Germanic hraben meaning “raven”. It could also be a variant spelling of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion….