Remora

Remora is the name of a fish in the family Echeneidae, also known as suckerfish, because they attach themselves to other fish (such as sharks and turtles) and boats. Remora comes from Latin meaning “delay, hindrance”, made up of prefix re- (back, backwards) and mora (delay). The remora actually got their name in the belief that their attaching themselves to…

Ryou

Ryou (also spelled Ryō) is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ryou 涼 “refreshing; nice, cool” (涼); ryou 遼 “distant; far” (遼); ryou 諒 “reality; fact” (諒); ryōu 凌 “endure; keep (rain) out + u 羽 “feather; plume; wing” (B); ryou 椋 “dragon; imperial”; ryou 椋 “type of a deciduous tree”, also known as a scabrous aphananthe or a muku tree, found in…

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)…

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…

River

River is an English unisex name coming from the word used to refer to a natural stream of water that usually flows down to an ocean, sea, or lake. The name comes from Anglo-Norman rivere via Old French riviere (river) that comes from Latin riparius (of a river bank) via ripa (bank (of the river); shore (of the sea))…

Rory

Rory is the anglicized form of Irish Ruaidhrí meaning “red king”, made up from Old Irish rúad (red) and rí (king). Although traditionally and commonly a male name, it’s gotten some use in the U.S. as a female name as well, and has also been used as nickname for Aurora or Lorelei, the name of a siren in Germanic folklore. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Ryan

Ryan comes from an Irish surname, a shortened form of O’Ryan which itself is the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (or Ó Riain) meaning “descendant of Rian”, a name of uncertain etymology though the most popular suggestion is that it is made up of Irish rí meaning “king” combined with a diminutive suffix, so the name essentially means…