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RAAB     German
Derived from German Rabe "raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
RAAD     Dutch
Metonymic occupational name for an adviser, counselor, or member of a town council, from raad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’.
RAASCH     German
Variant of Rasch.
RAAT     Dutch
''Somebody who gives good advice'', ''counsel'' Raad = advice.... [more]
A family name first registered in the form Radikain in the 16th or 17th century. Derives from the German man's name Konrad which in Finland was shortened to Radi.
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
Russian variant of RABINOWICZ
Polish Jewish name meaning son of rabbi from the root rabi meaning "rabbi" combined with the Polish patronymic suffix -owicz "son of"
RABINSKI     Polish
Variant of Rybinski.
RABINSKY     Jewish
From the root rabi "rabbi" combined with the Polish suffix -ski
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Rabsztyn.
RĂCEANU     Romanian
Designates someone from Răciu, a commune in Mureş County, Romania.
RACHEL     English, German
From the English female given name RACHEL or derived from German rau "rough".
RACHLYN     Jewish (Rare), Polish (Rare), Brazilian (Rare)
Rachlyn is a Jewish surname derived directly from polish "Rachman". This surname is very rare and apparently only few members in Brazil, descendants of Polish survivors of Holocaust.... [more]
RACHMAN     Ukrainian, Jewish
Rachman is an old Jewish name which means "Merciful" in Hebrew.... [more]
RACKHAM     English
Means "person from Rackham", Sussex ("homestead or enclosure with ricks"). This surname was borne by British watercolourist and book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
RACKLIFFE     English
Variant of Ratcliff.
RAD     Ancient Persian
Meanings: "Honest", "Bounteous"
RADE     Arabic
RADÉHÌVS’KIJ     Ukrainian
This indicates familial origin within the Red Ruthenian city of Radéhìv.
RADER     German
Variation of Rademacher, meaning "maker of wheels" in German ("rat" meaning wheel), later shortened to Rader and other variations such as Redder, Raeder, Redler, etc.
RADFORD     English
Habitational name from any of the various places so named, for example in Devon, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Hereford and Worcester. Most are named from Old English read "red" + ford "ford", but it is possible that in some cases the first element may be a derivative of Old English ridan "to ride", with the meaning "ford that can be crossed on horseback".
RADINOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Radin".
RADLOFF     Low German
North German: From the Old Norse Radulf.... [more]
RADMILOVIĆ     Serbian
Derived from the given name Radmilo.
RADNICE     Czech
This indicates familial origin within the Bohemian town of the same name.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Radolin.
RADU     Romanian
From the given name RADU.
RĂDUCAN     Romanian
Means "son of Radu".
RAE     Scottish
reduced form of McRae
Altered spelling of Ravensburger or Ravensberger, a habitational name for someone from Ravensburg in Württemberg, but there are a number of similar surnames, for example Raffenberg, a farm name near Hamm, and Raffsberger.
RAGATZ     German (Swiss)
Habitational name from Ragaz in Grison canton.
RAGONESI     Italian
Meaning: People Of Aragon
RAGSDALE     English
Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca "gully", "narrow pass" + dæl "valley", "dale".
RAGUSA     Italian
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
RAHE     German
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh.
RAHIM     Arabic
From the personal name based on Arabic Rahim.
RAHMAN     Bengali
Came from the given name Rahman.
RAIFE     ?
RAINBIRD     English
From the Old French male personal name Rainbert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "counsel-bright" (cf. Raginbert). The modern form of the name has been influenced by English rainbird "plover".
RAINBOLT     German (Anglicized)
Anglicanization of Reinbold.
RAINBOW     English
From the Old French male personal name Rainbaut, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "counsel-brave" (cf. Raginbald). The modern form of the name has been influenced by English rainbow.
RAINWATER     English (American)
Americanized form of the German family name Reinwasser, possibly a topographic name for someone who lived by a source of fresh water, from Middle High German reine ‘pure’ + wazzer ‘water’.
RÄISÄNEN     Finnish
From an unexplained personal name (possibly of Russian Orthodox origin) + the common surname suffix -nen. It occurs chiefly in central and eastern Finland.
RAISBECK     English
Raisbeck is a hamlet in the civil parish of Orton, in the Eden district, in the county of Cumbria, England. The surname Raisbeck originates from the hamlet. The name of the hamlet derives from Hrridarr, a personal name and beck, a stream or river.
RAISCH     German, German (Swiss)
From Middle High German rīsch, rūsch ‘reed’, ‘rush’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a reed bed, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for someone who used or harvested reeds... [more]
RAISH     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Raisch.
RAISON     English, Scottish, French
From a medieval nickname for an intelligent person (from Old French raison "reason, intelligence").
RAITER     German
Occupational name for a taxman or accountant, from an agent derivative of Middle High German reiten ‘to reckon’, ‘to calculate’.
RAJANIEMI     Finnish
Rajaniemi: The last name of a group of people who live in Finland. Some live in the United States when their ancestors immigrated to the US in the early 1900's.
RAJAPAKSE     Sinhalese
The origin of “rajapakse” is from Sri Lanka. Some people used to write as “Rajapaksha or Rajapakshe” but all meaning same. Raja mean King/governer in Sinhala as well as Hindi. Paksha mean Obey
RAJKOOMAR     Indian (Rare)
Used as a tribal name
RAJKOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Rajko".
RAJKOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Rajki in Białystok voivodeship or Rajkowy in Gdańsk voivodeship.
RAK     Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Hungarian, Jewish
Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Hungarian (Rák), and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic rak ‘crab’, ‘lobster’, or ‘crayfish’. This was applied as an occupational name for someone who caught and sold crayfish, crabs, or lobsters, or as a nickname to someone thought to resemble such a creature... [more]
RAKHIMOV     Bashkir, Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of Rakhim".
RAKITIĆ     Croatian (Rare), Serbian (Rare)
Famous bearer of this surname is Croatian footballer Ivan Rakitić.
RALLS     English (Anglicized, Rare)
From old English or Saxon. Originally Rallf ( Raulf) which meant Wolf Council
RALPH     English
From a Middle English personal name composed of Germanic rad "counsel, advice" and wolf "wolf". This was first introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the Old Norse form Ráðulfr, and was reinforced after the Conquest by the Norman form Ra(d)ulf... [more]
RAMADANOV     Russian, Kazakh
Means "son of Ramadan".
RAMAGE     Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage "wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
Means "son of Ramazan" in Turkish.
RAMAZ̦ANOV     Bashkir
Bashkir variant of Ramazanov.
Means "son of Ramaz".
RAMBEAU     French (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Frankish)
Altered spelling of the southern French family name Rambaut, from an Old French personal name, Rainbaut, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave", or alternatively from the Germanic personal name Hrambehrt or Hrambald, composed of the elements hramn "crow" & berht "bright" or bald "bold", "brave".
RAMBERT     English
From the Old French male personal name Rainbert (see Rainbird). It was borne by Dame Marie Rambert (original name Cyvia Rabbam, later Miriam Rambach; 1888-1982), a Polish-born British ballet dancer and choreographer.
RAMDANI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from Ramadan, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
RAMNARINE     Trinidadian Creole, Indian
From a Trinidadian and Guyanese different form of the Indian personal name Ramnarayan, from Sanskrit rāma "pleasing" and nārāyaṅa, an epithet of the god Vishnu.
RANA     Indian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
RANDAZZO     Italian
Habitational name from a place in Catania called Randazzo. Possibly from a derivative of the personal name Rando.
RANDEL     French, German
French: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Rando, a short form of various compound names formed with rand ‘(shield) rim’ as the first element. Compare Randall.... [more]
RANDLE     English
English: variant spelling of Randall or Americanized spelling of Randel.
RANDOLPH     English, German
Classicized spelling of Randolf, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rand "rim (of a shield), shield" and wolf "wolf". This was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the Old Norse form Rannúlfr, and was reinforced after the Norman Conquest by the Norman form Randolf.
RANG     German
Variant of Range.... [more]
RANGE     German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
RANGEL     German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of Rengel. This name is also found in Portugal.
RANGER     English, German, French
English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) ‘to arrange or dispose’.... [more]
RANKIN     Scottish, Irish
Composed of the medieval given name Rankin, a diminutive of either Ronald or Rand and the name suffix kin.
RANNELLS     English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rannulf, Ranel, of continental Germanic origin.
RANTANEN     Finnish
A combination of Finnish ranta "beach, shore" and the common surname suffix -nen.
RAO     Chinese
From the name of an area called Rao, which existed in the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc).
RAPAPORT     Hungarian
RAPE     English (American, Rare)
A corruption of Rolfe.
RAPHAN     German
RAPPOLD     German
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements rad "counsel", "advice" + bald "bold", "brave".
RASBERRY     English
Possibly a habitational name from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
RASCH     German, Jewish
Nickname for a quick or rash person from Middle High German, German rasch ‘quick’, ‘hot-headed’, ‘hasty’.
RASHID     Arabic
Derived from the given name Rashid.
RASILA     Finnish
A variant of the finnish word (rasi) for a forest that has been cleared for slash and burn but has not yet been burnt for agricultural means. The suffix "-la" is usually added to the stem of the word to indicate a location... [more]
RASPBERRY     English
Variant spelling of Rasberry.
RASTOGI     Indian, Hinduism
They are called as Rohatgi, Rastogi and Rustagi in present time. Rohitashwa was the son of Harishchandra, the god of gods. He founded the town of Rohtas Garh in Rohtas district, Bihar, as well as Rohtak, originally Rohitakul, meaning from the Kul (family) of Rohit... [more]
RÄSÜLEV     Bashkir
Means "son of Räsül.
RASVAK     Latvian
A officer in the Latvian Waffen SS
RATCLIFF     English
Habitational name from any of the places, in various parts of England, called Ratcliff(e), Radcliffe, Redcliff, or Radclive, all of which derive their names from Old English rēad meaning "red" + clif meaning "cliff", "slope", "riverbank".
RATHBONE     English (Archaic), Medieval English (Rare)
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath, meaning "short, and bon, "legs".
RATHGEBER     German
From Middle High German ratgebe or Middle Low German ratgever "giver of advice, counselor", an occupational name for an adviser or wise man.
RATIGAN     Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Anglicized form of Ó Reachtagán, meaning "descendant of Reachtagán", a personal name from a diminutive of "reachtaire" ("steward", "administrator") or "reacht" ("law"). Was used in the Disney film Basil The Great Mouse Detective as the name of the villain, Professor Ratigan.
RATKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of Ratko".
RÄTSEP     Estonian
Occupational name for a tailor.
RAU     German
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch, ruhe, rouch "hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
RAU     English
From a medieval personal name, a variant of RALPH.
RAU     Italian
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH.
RAU     Indian
Variant of RAO.
RÄUBER     German, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære ‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub, roup ‘booty’, ‘spoils’).
RAUCH     German
Perhaps an occupational nickname for a blacksmith or charcoal burner, from Middle High German rouch, German Rauch ‘smoke’, or, in the case of the German name, a status name or nickname relating to a hearth tax (i.e. a tax that was calculated according to the number of fireplaces in each individual home).
RAUHANEN     Finnish
Finnish rauha "peace" combined with the common surname suffix -nen. ... [more]
RAUTIAINEN     Finnish
Derived from Finnish rautio "smith".
RAVELINO     Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It means manufacturing of fine and expensive fabrics. Also means the tailor or weaver. It comes from Asti and Piedmont (noth of Italy).
RAVELLINO     Celtic
It means weaver or taylor. In the Gaelic languaje is wehydd or gwehydd.
RAVENEL     English, French
Habitational name from Ravenel in Oise or a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of horseradish, from a diminutive of Old French ravene ‘horseradish’ (Latin raphanus)... [more]
RAVENHILL     English
From Rauenilde or Ravenild, medieval English forms of the Old Norse given name Hrafnhildr.
RAVENSWOOD     English (American)
Ravenswood is a gothic surname.
RAVSHANOV     Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of Ravshan".
RAWLS     English
From the Olde German and Anglo-Saxon personal name Rolf. Originally derived from the Norse-Viking pre 7th Century 'Hrolfr' meaning "Fame-Wolf".
RAY     Bengali
From the word raja, meaning "king". The Sanskrit root is a cognate of Latin rex, meaning the surname is ultimately related to English RAY and French ROY
RAYA     Galician, Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Raya in Galicia or in Albacete and Murcia provinces. Possibly a topographic name from Spanish raya meaning "line", denoting the boundary between two countries or provinces.
RAYMOND     English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "advice, counsel" and mund "protection".
RAZIF     Malaysian
From the given name Razif.
READE     English
English variant spelling of Read.
READING     English
Habitational name from the county seat of Berkshire, which gets its name from Old English Readingas ‘people of Read(a)’, a byname meaning ‘red’. Topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, an unattested Old English ryding.
REALE     Italian
From reale "royal", either an occupational name for someone in the service of a king or a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner.
REASON     English
A different form of Raison.
REBANE     Estonian
From the word rebane meaning "fox", it was originally given to someone perceived to possess fox-like characteristics.
RECCHIA     Italian
Nickname from a reduced form of orecchia "ear".
RECCHIO     Italian
Probably a shortened form of orecchio "ear".
RECHT     German
Probably a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhineland.
RECHT     German, Jewish
Nickname for an upright person, from Middle High German reht, German recht "straight". As a Jewish name it is mainly of ornamental origin.
RECK     German
Nickname from Middle High German recke ‘outlaw’ or ‘fighter’. North German and Westphalian: from Middle Low German recke ‘marsh’, ‘waterlogged ground’, hence a topographic name, or a habitational name from a place named with this term.
RED     English
Variant of Read (1).
REDDICK     Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wic "outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr "red".
REDDICK     English
Habitational name from Redwick in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with hreod "reeds" and wic "outlying settlement".
REDDING     English, German, Dutch
English variant spelling of Reading. In 1841 Redding was the most commonly used surname in all of Buckinghamshire. A famous bearer is Otis Redding.... [more]
REDDISH     English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Reddish,' a village near Stockport, Cheshire.
REDDY     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting agriculturists.
REDFIELD     Scottish
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd, meaning "reedy ford".
REDHAGE     English
This surname originated in Germany
REDIG     Dutch, Upper German
Dutch and North German variant of Redding.
REDMOND     Irish
From the given name Redmond.
REDPATH     Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, probably so called from Old English read ‘red’ + pæð ‘path’. This name is also common in northeastern England.
REDWOOD     English
Name possibly derived from the colour of the bark of trees or the name of the town Reedworth between Durham and Devon
REDŽEPOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of Redžep".
REE     Korean
REEKIE     Scottish
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie, literally "little Richard".
REESE     Low German, Dutch, German
Nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’.... [more]
REEVER     German
Possibly an altered form of German Riefer, a patronymic from the personal name Rüef, a reduced form of Rudolf.
REEVES     English
Patronymic form of Reeve. It is also a topographic surname for someone who lived on the margin of a wood, derived from Middle English atter eves meaning "at the edge" (from Old English æt þære efese).
REGINATTO     Italian
nato means "born" in italian... [more]
REGO     Portuguese
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
Habitational name from places named Reichstein (in Saxony) or Reichenstein (in Rhineland, Schleswig-Holstein, and Württemberg).
REIMER     German
From a Germanic personal name, a reduced form of Reinmar, composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + mari, meri "fame".
REIMERS     German
North German variant of REIMER.
REINBOLD     German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave."
REINKING     German
Reinking is a German-derived surname meaning "one who is neat and tidy"
REIS     Portuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
REISE     German, Jewish
German (Westphalia) topographic name, from Middle Low German ris, res ‘swamp’. ... [more]
REISER     German, Upper German
Habitational name for someone from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria (see Reis). An occupational name from Middle High German reisære ‘warrior’, ‘traveler’. ... [more]
REISNER     Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname for a traveler, from an agent derivative of German reisen ‘to travel’ (see Reise). Also a variant of Reis.
REISNER     German
A habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river. A variant of Reiser Also from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German rise ‘veil’; perhaps an occupational name for someone who made veils.
REISS     German, Jewish, French (Huguenot)
German: variant of Reis or from any of several Germanic personal names composed with ric ‘power(ful)’. Also from the French Huguenot forename Ris, rendered as Reis and Reiss.... [more]
REISSER     Upper German
An occupational name for a woodcutter, Middle High German risser.
REISZ     Dutch
Patronymic from a pet form of one of the Germanic compound names formed with ragin "counsel" as the first element.
REITH     Scottish (Anglicized), Irish
A Scottish surname of uncertain origin.... [more]
REKDAL     Norwegian
The name of people from the small town Rekdal in West-Norway. Former footballer Kjetil Rekdal (1968- ) is the most known person from there.
RELPH     English
From the Old French male personal name Riulf, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "power-wolf" (cf. Riculf).
REMIS     Greek, Dutch, German, Asturian
Greek from a medieval Greek personal name, Remis, a vernacular form of the personal name Remigius (see French Remy). ... [more]
REN     Chinese
From Chinese 任 (ren) meaning "trust, to rely on, appoint", "to bear, duty, office", or "allow".
RENAUDIN     French
Derived from the French given name Renaud.
RENDA     Italian
Possibly a derivative of LORENZO.
RENDALL     Scottish, English
Variant of Randall. Habitational name from Rendall in Orkney. Possibly also an Americanization of Swedish Rendahl.
RENEHAN     Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic, meaning "sharp- or star-pointed."
RENFREW     Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Rinn Friù, meaning "cradle of the Royal Stewards." It is derived from either the historical county of Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland, or the town of Renfrew within both the historical and present-day boundaries of the county.
RENFRO     English, Scottish
Variant of RENFREW
RENGEL     German (Swiss)
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name formed with rang "curved", "bending"; "slender".
RENGEL     Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Rengel in Málaga province.
RENNA     Italian
Variant of RENDA.
RENS     Dutch
From a reduced form of the personal name Laurens.
RENSHAW     English, Scottish
A habitational surname from any of the so-called or like-sounding places in the United Kingdom. These include Renishaw in Derbyshire, Ramshaw in Durham, Renshaw (no longer exists) in Cheshire and Radshaw in Yorkshire.
RENTERÍA     Spanish
Spanish Castilianized variant of Basque Errenteria, habitational name from either of the two Basque towns called Errenteria in Gipuzkoa and Biscay provinces, Basque Country.
REPAC     Serbian, Croatian
means little tail
REPASS     German (Swiss)
An Americanization of the Swiss Rippas. The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
REQUA     German
Variant of Ricward, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + ward ‘guardian’.
RESEN     German
Unknown source.
RESTIVO     Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from the dialectal word restivu meaning "uncommunicative, reserved".
RESTORICK     Cornish
Means "person from Restowrack", farm in Cornwall ("watery hill-spur").
RETA     Spanish
Castilianized variant of Basque Erreta, a habitational name from a town called Erreta in Navarre, Basque Country
REUSSER     Swiss, German, Upper German
In Switzerland, an occupational name for a fisherman or maker of fish traps, from an agent derivative of Middle High German riuse ‘fish trap’, ‘weir basket’. A nickname from an agent noun based on Middle High German riusen ‘to moan or complain’... [more]
REVELL     English
From a medieval nickname for someone who is full of noisy enthusiasm and energy (from Middle English revel "festivity, tumult").
REVELS     American
from the surname Revel, a variant of Revell, a Middle English and Old French name referring to festivity
REVERE     English, French, Judeo-Italian
French: variant of Rivière, Rivoire, or Rivier, topographic name for someone living on the banks of a river, French rivier ‘bank’, or habitational name from any of the many places in France named with this word.... [more]
REYTBLAT     Russian
It's a Jewish last name, used by Jews in Russia and Ukraine mostly. Its not very popular, but its not a one-of-a-kind... [more]
REZNIKOV     Russian, Jewish
Derived from the Czech word "řezník" meaning "butcher". Used in both Russia and Israel.
REZNOR     German
May be a variant of the German surname Reisner, a habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river.
RHEIN     German
From the German name for the River Rhine, denoting somebody whom lived within close proximity to the river. The river name itself comes from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'run, flow').
RHINE     German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see Rhein). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RHODE     American
Comes from the state 'Rhode Island' in America
RI     Chinese
means 'the sun'
RIAL     English
Variant of Royle.
RIAL     English
Variant of Ryle.
RIAN     Irish (Anglicized, Rare, ?)
An alternate spelling and pronunciation of Ó Riain, due to French influences after the progenitors of the family moved to France from Ireland.
RIBBECK     German (East Prussian)
Possibly translates roughly to fish in some dialects.
RIBCHESTER     English
This name originates from the small village in Lancashire that shares the same name. Interestingly, most people with the name 'Ribchester' are in Lancashire, but a lot are also found in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
RICCIARDI     Italian
Patronymic from Ricciardo, a variant of the personal name Riccardo.
Means "son of Rikard".
RICHARDT     German
Variant of Richard.
RICHERS     English, German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Richier, but was largely absorbed by the much more common Richard... [more]
RICKELS     German
Patronymic form of Rickel or possibly Richel. May have been derived from any of a number of Old German personal names including Richild (or the feminine form Richeldis) or Richold.
RICKEN     German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names composed with rīc "power(ful)".
RIDDELL     Scottish, English
From a Norman personal name, Ridel. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel ‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride ‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rīd ‘ride’.
RIDDICK     Scottish
A different form of Reddick ("person from Rerwick or Rerrick", Dumfries and Galloway (perhaps "robbers' outlying settlement")). A fictional bearer of the surname is Richard B. Riddick, (anti)hero of the 'Chronicles of Riddick' movies.
RIDEOUT     English
Means "outrider (a municipal or monastic official in the Middle Ages whose job was to ride around the country collecting dues and supervising manors)".
RIDGE     English
Topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Middle English rigge, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, as for example Ridge in Hertfordshire. The surname is also fairly common in Ireland, in County Galway, having been taken to Connacht in the early 17th century... [more]
RIDGEWAY     English
Comes from Middle English 'riggewey', hence a topographic name for someone who lived by such a route or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, and Staffordshire.
RIDGWAY     English
Variant spelling of Ridgeway.
RIECHERS     German
German patronymic from Richard.
RIECK     German
South German: from a pet form of the personal name Ru(o)diger, a compound of Old High German hrod ‘renown’ + ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ (see Roger). ... [more]
RIEGEL     German
From Middle High German rigel "bar, crossbeam, mountain incline", hence a topographic name or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word in Baden, Brandenburg, and Silesia; in some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbars, locks, etc.
RIEK     German
German: variant spelling of RIECK.
RIES     Welsh
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