Female, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex

Ross

Ross comes from a Scottish and English surname via a place name meaning "promontory, headland" from Scottish Gaelic ros which ultimately comes from a PIE root word. Although traditionally a male name, I can see Ross as being used as a unisex name, perhaps because of its similarity to Roz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ros (English, Irish,… Continue reading Ross

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Arabic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Joy, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Rani

Rani is a female given name, a Persian, Urdu, and Indian name meaning "queen" which comes from Sanskrit rā́jñī राज्ञी (queen, princess) via a Proto-Indo-Iranian source which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. I've also seen Rani listed as being a Hebrew unisex name, either originating as a nickname for Ran, a Hebrew male name meaning "to sing";… Continue reading Rani

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

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

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

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

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

Animals, Female, German/Germanic, Horses/Stallions, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Royce

Royce comes from an English surname which derives from a medieval female name Royse, a variant of Rose, the name of the flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning… Continue reading Royce

Elements, Female, Food, Japanese, Latin, Male, Nature, Pear, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning "river" derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It's also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near… Continue reading Rio

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

Robin

Robin is a unisex given name which comes from a medieval diminutive of Robert, the English form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright). It's also the name of a bird as well as a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Robyn (English) Robynne (English) f Robina (English) f Robena (English) f  

Elements, Female, Japanese, Male, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Rin

Rin is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "dignified; severe, cold" (凛); "ethics; morals" (倫); "look to; face; meet; confront; attend; call on" (臨); "jewel; tinkling of jewelry" (琳); "phosphorous" (燐); "design; figured cloth; twill" (綾); "small bell; buzzer" (鈴); "clear water" (潾); Origin: Japanese In hiragana… Continue reading Rin

Battle/War, Emotion/Feelings, Female, German/Germanic, Hebrew, Male, Nickname names, Old Norse, R names, Sorrow, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ruth

Ruth is a Hebrew female name of uncertain origin though the most popular theory is that it is linked to Hebrew re'ut meaning "companion" or "friend", though other possible theories include: "refreshment", "appearance, beauty", and "pasture". Ruth may also be related to Middle English word ruthe or reuth meaning "pity, compassion", "sorrow, grief" derived from Old Norse hryggð (sorrow, grief). Ruth is also a… Continue reading Ruth

Female, Latin, Male, Nature, R names, Unisex, Word names

Rosaire

Rosaire is a French male name meaning "rosary" as well as also the French word for rosary. It comes from Latin rosarium meaning "rose garden" from rosa (rose) and arium (place for). It seems to have been very rare as a given name, and in spite of being a French male name Rosaire also seems to have some use as a… Continue reading Rosaire