Rayne

Rayne seems to be a variant spelling of Rain on the surface which comes from Old English regn (rain) which might possibly come from Proto-Indo-European *hreg- meaning “moist, wet”. It could also be derived from Germanic element ragin meaning “counsel” and used as a short form of names beginning with the element such as Raymond or Rainer (meaning “advice army”). Rayne could also be a medieval female name derived from Old French reine meaning “queen” from Latin regina; it could also be derived from Old French raine meaning “frog”, derived from Latin rana, as well as also coming from a Scottish place name in Aberdeenshire meaning “strip of land”. Rayne is also a surname.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Germanic, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Raine (English, Germanic)
  • Rain (English)
  • Reine (French) f
  • Rayna
  • Reina

 

Avery

Avery comes from an English surname derived from two possible given names: either the Norman French form of Alberich meaning “elf power” or “elf ruler” from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power, ruler), or it could be a medieval variant of Alfred, an English name composed of Old English elements aelf (elf) and raed (counsel) meaning “elf counsel”.

Origin: German, Old English

Variants:

  • Averie (English)

 

Raymond

Raymond is the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector from ragin (advice, counsel) and mund (protector, protection). It’s also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Raymund (English)
  • Raymundo (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Raimundo (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Raimondo (Italian)
  • Ramón (Spanish)
  • Redmund (Irish)
  • Redmond (Irish)
  • Réamann (Irish)
  • Rajmund (Polish, Slovene)
  • Raimondas (Lithuanian)
  • Remao (Limburgish)
  • Raimonds (Latvian)
  • Reimund (German)
  • Raimund (German)
  • Reima (Finnish)
  • Raimo (Finnish)
  • Erramun (Basque)
  • Raimund (Ancient Germanic)
  • Raginmund (Ancient Germanic)
  • Reynard

 

Female forms:

  • Ramona (Spanish, Romanian, Italian, English)
  • Raymonde (French)
  • Raimunde (German)
  • Raimonda (Italian)

 

Ralph

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: a contracted form of Ráđúlfr, an Ancient Scandinavian name meaning “wolf counsel” or “counsel wolf” from Old Norse elements ráđ (counsel) and úlfr (wolf).

A masculine given name as well as surname, in British English it’s pronounced as Rayf while in American English it is Ralf.

Variants:

  • Ráđúlfr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Radulf (Germanic)
  • Ralf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Rafe (English)
  • Raef (English)
  • Raife (English)
  • Raif (English)
  • Raff (English)
  • Raoul (French, Italian)
  • Raul (Portuguese, Italian)
  • Raúl (Spanish)
  • Radolf (German, Dutch)
  • Raül (Catalan)
  • Rædwulf (Old English)
  • Rádhulbh (Irish)