Rhydian

Rhydian is a Welsh male name of certain meaning though it’s been linked to Old Welsh  rudd meaning “red”, which would make it a cognate of Ruadhan (Rowan in English).

Origin: Welsh

Variants:

  • Rhidian

 

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Rufus

Rufus comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “red, ruddy, red-haired”, originally a nickname for someone who had red hair. It comes from Latin rufus derived from the Proto-Indo-European root word *h₁rewdʰ- (red). Rufus is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European.

Variants:

  • Rufinus (Ancient Roman)
  • Rufino (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Rufius (Ancient Roman)
  • Rufio (Ancient Roman)

 

Female forms:

  • Rufina (Ancient Roman, Spanish, Russian)
  • Rufia (English)

 

Ginger

Ginger is name of a flower and spice which comes from Old English gingifer (influenced by Old French gingembre) derived from Latin zingiberi from Ancient Greek zingíberis from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera derived from Sanskrit srngaveram meaning “horn body” from srngram (horn) and vera (body), though it may also be derived from an Old Tamil word inchi-ver meaning “ginger root”;

  • it may also be a nickname for Virginia, the feminine form of an Ancient Roman family name Verginius or Virginius, of unknown meaning though it has been associated with Latin virgo (maiden, virgin);
  • Ginger also refers to a reddish-brown color.

Origin: Sanskrit, Old Tamil

Variants:

  • Jinger

 

Rogan

Rogan comes from an Irish surname, Ó Ruadhagáin, meaning “descendant of Ruadhagan”, Ruadhagan being a diminutive of ruadh meaning “red, redheaded”, which comes from Proto-Celtic *roudos (red) via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

Gilroy

Gilroy comes from a surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Ruaidh meaning “son of the red-haired youth” or it could be derived from Mac Giolla Rí meaning “son of the king’s servant”.

Origin: Gaelic

 

 

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)

 

Akane

Akane (pr. ah-kah-nee) is a Japanese female name with different meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: “madder plant, deep red, brilliant red”, 明音 “clear, bright, tomorrow + sound”, 朱音 “red, scarlet, cinnabar, vermilion + sound”, and other meanings. Akane is also a surname meaning 赤根 “red + root, base, foundation” and 紅音 “crimson + sound”.

Origin: Japanese

Benika

Benika is a Japanese female name meaning “crimson flower” (紅花) or “crimson fragrance” (紅香), though other possible meanings include “crimson + beautiful, good, excellent” (紅佳), and “crimson summer” (紅夏). There could be other meanings as well. Beniko is another variant of the name with the -ko () ending meaning “child”, used only for females, while Beni could also be used on its own as a given name.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Beniko
  • Beni

 

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian form of Nino, a Georgian feminine name of Ninos/Ninus, of uncertain meaning but possibly related to the Sumerian goddess Nina.

Nina is also a shortened form of names such as Antonina (an Italian feminine form of Anthony of uncertain meaning) and Giannina (an Italian diminutive of Giovanna ultimately deriving from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”), as well as being a Spanish word meaning “girl” and a Quechua and Aymara word meaning “fire” (Quechua and Aymara is a language used in South America by the indigenous people).

I’ve also seen it as also deriving from Old Slavic word ninati meaning “dreamer” or “dream”.

Nina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. From the first element ni it could mean 仁 “benevolent, humane, noble”, “two” 二, “rainbow” 虹, “cinnabar” 丹, “to resemble, imitate, counterfeit” 似, “hope, request, beg” 希, “hue, color, variegated” 彩, “new” 新, “to laugh, smile” 笑; while the second element na has the possible meanings of 菜 “vegetables, greens”, 那 “what”, 名 “name”, 奈 “apple tree”, 和 “harmony”, 愛 “love, affection”. *I’m not a native Japanese speaker but I tried the best I could to be as accurate as possible to the best of my ability, though there may be some mistakes*

Origin: Sumerian, Hebrew, Old Slavic, Quechua, Aymara, Japanese

Variants:

  • Nena (English)
  • Nino (Georgian, Ancient Near Eastern)

 

 

Russ

Russ is a short form of Russell, an English male name which comes from a surname meaning “little red one” from Old French rousel. It was originally given as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a reddish complexion.

Russ is also an archaic word for Russian.

Origin: Old French

Variants:

  • Russell (English)
  • Russel (English)
  • Rusty (English)
  • Russett (English; unisex)