Raphaela

Raphaela is a German female name, the feminine form of Raphael meaning “God has healed” from Hebrew Rafa’el. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Raphaela (German, English) Raffaela (German) Rafaela (Spanish, Portuguese, Macedonian) Raphaëlle (French) Raffaella (Italian) Raffaëla (Dutch)   Male forms: Raphael (German, English) Rafael (Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Slovene, Macedonian) Rafinha (Portuguese diminutive of Rafael) Rafa (Spanish diminutive of…

Robinia

Robinia is the name of a genus of flowers named after French royal botanist Jean Robin and his son Vespasian, who first introduced the plant in Europe in 1601. Robin is a French surname, a diminutive of Robert which is the English form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”. Nicknames: Robby/Robbie, Rob, Robin Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Robin (English) Robyn (English) Robynne (English) Robina (English) Robena…

Rhea

Rhea is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, the mother of Zeus and his siblings, and the wife of Cronus. When Cronus swallowed their children after birth for fear of a prophecy in which he would be overthrown by one of them, Rhea managed to save the youngest, Zeus, and had him smuggled away, and in which he…

Reijo

Reijo (pr. ray-yo; Forvo) is a Finnish male name, the Finnish form of Gregory, the English form of Latinized Greek form Gregorius deriving from Greek Gregorios meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert” from Greek gregoros ultimately derived from a PIE root word. Reijo (pr. ray-jo) is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used (the ones with stars…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Rhonda

Rhonda is a female given name of uncertain meaning. It could be made up from Welsh elements rhon (pike, lance) and da (good). It’s also possible that it may be derived from Rhondda, the name of a valley and former coal mine in Wales. The meaning behind it is also unknown, though it could mean “noisy”, related to…

Rémy

Rémy is the French form of Latin Remigius which comes from Latin remigis, the genitive singular form of remex meaning “oarsman, rower” via Latin remus (oar) derived from PIE root word *h₁reh₁- (to row). It’s also possible that it could be derived from another Latin name, Remedius, meaning “cure, remedy”. Although primarily used as a male name in France, it’s also had some use…

Rainey

Rainey comes from a Gaelic surname, an anglicized form of O’Raighne meaning “descendant of Raighne”, Raighne perhaps derived from Raonull or Ronald which derives from Old Norse Rognvaldr meaning “powerful advice” or “counsel ruler” from Old Norse elements regin (advice, counsel) and valdr (power, ruler, leader) and a cognate of Germanic name Reynold. Rainey could also be a variant spelling of rainy, an English word referring to weather that is…

Rowena

Rowena is an English female given name of uncertain meaning. It was the name of the daughter of the Saxon warrior (and later king) Hengist who was married to Vortigern, a British warlord also known by the title “King of the Britons”. However, the name appears to have first been used by Geoffrey of Monmouth, an English clergyman and chronicler…