Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

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

Rupert

Rupert is the German form of Robert, an English name derived from Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Rupert is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ruprecht (German) Ruperto (Spanish) Robert (English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian,… Continue reading Rupert

Animals, Deer/Roe, Elements, Fox, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

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… Continue reading Rey

Animals, Fish, Food, Japanese, Literature, Male, Plum, Proto-Indo-Iranian, R names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Rishi

Color, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Rusty

Arabic, Astronomy, German/Germanic, Male, Physical Attributes, R names, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Word names

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… Continue reading Rigel

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

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… Continue reading Rex

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

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

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  

Animals, English, Food, Male, Nature, Old English, Persian, Phoenician, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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,… Continue reading Rhodes

Animals, Earth, Elements, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

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… Continue reading Rolin

Hebrew, Male, R names, Virtues/Attributes

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)… Continue reading Raffaello

Animals, Color, Deer/Roe, Hindu mythology, Horses/Stallions, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Virtues/Attributes

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)  

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

Animals, Birds, Brown, Color, German/Germanic, Gray, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Tawny, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

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.… Continue reading Roan

Animals, Color, Deer/Roe, English, Male, Nature, Old English, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Reed

Reed comes from an English surname which comes from multiple sources: it comes from Old English rēad meaning "red" from Proto-Germanic *raudaz via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red); it was originally a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion; it's also from Old English ried meaning "clearing", likely a topographical surname for someone who lived in or near one; it comes… Continue reading Reed

Arabic, Birds, Color, Female, Japanese, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, R names, Unisex, 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