Animals, Female, Hebrew, Lamb/Sheep, R names

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… Continue reading Raquel

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Arabic, Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Ryana

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Roksana

Female, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Riko

Animals, Female, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

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,… Continue reading Randi

Ancient Greek, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Sorrow, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

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… Continue reading Rue

Elements, Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

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… Continue reading Rialta

Astronomy, Color, Female, Hindu mythology, Mythology, R names, Red/Crimson, Sanskrit, Stars/Constellation, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Rohini

Animals, Birds, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Raven

Elements, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Riva

Riva is a diminutive of Rivka, the Hebrew form of Rebecca which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty. Riva is also a surname (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan) derived from Latin riva meaning "bank, shore" from rīvus (brook, stream) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word;… Continue reading Riva

Arabic, Birds, Color, Female, Japanese, Physical Attributes, Place names, R names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means "rise, ascent" or "spell, charm, incantation". Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +… Continue reading Rukiya

Animals, Female, Fish, Japanese, Latin, Male, Nature, Nickname names, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Rino

Rino could be a short form of names ending with rino such as Severino, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Severinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "stern" in Latin. Rino is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "jasmine + from; possessive article; whereupon; accordingly" (莉乃); "carp + from; possessive article; whereupon; accordingly"… Continue reading Rino

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Kin/Family, Latin, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Place names, R names, Seasons, Slavic, Spanish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it's used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning "queen" or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning "happy, willing"; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been… Continue reading Raya

Celtic, Female, Irish, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Regan

Regan has two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Reagan, an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendant of Riagán", the latter a given name of uncertain meaning though it may mean "impulsive, furious" from Irish ríodhgach. It may also mean "little king" from Irish rí (king) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler), combined with… Continue reading Regan

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

René, Renée

René is the French form of Renatus, a Late Roman name meaning "born again" or "reborn" deriving from Latin nascor (born; begotten) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget, to give birth). René is the traditional masculine name used in French while Renée is the feminine form of the name, however in English-speaking countries René is used for both males and females. Rene… Continue reading René, Renée

Female, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology

Rhian

Rhian (pr. ree-an) is a Welsh female name meaning "maiden" from Welsh rhiain which derives from Proto-Celtic *rīganī- (queen). It could also be used as a short form of Rhiannon meaning "great queen" from Celtic Rigantona. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogion and has been associated with the Gaulish goddess of horses, Epona. Rhian is also a Welsh male name,… Continue reading Rhian

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Hindu mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, R names, Sanskrit, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Rama

Rama is an Indian male name, the name of a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. He features in an ancient Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, in which his wife Sita is abducted by the demon king Ravana though he rescues her. The name has two possible meanings: it means "dark, dark-colored, black" and it also means "pleasing, charming,… Continue reading Rama