Submitted Surnames Starting with R
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Derived from German rabe
"raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
Metonymic occupational name for an adviser, counselor, or member of a town council, from raad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’.
Raag is an Estonian surname; a colloquial name meaning "twig" and "leafless branchlet".
Räägel is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "raag" meaning "leafless" and "bare".
Raagmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "twig/leafless land".
Rääk is an Estonian surname meaning "Corn crake (Crex crex)".
Raam is an Estonian surname meaning "frame" or "carriage".
Raaper is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "raapiik", meaning "yardarm" (the outer extremity of a ship's yard).
''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.
Raba is an Estonian surname meaning "bog" or "raised bog".
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
Polish Jewish name meaning son of rabbi from the root rabi
meaning "rabbi" combined with the Polish patronymic suffix -owicz
From the root rabi
"rabbi" combined with the Polish suffix -ski
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Rabsztyn.
Designates someone from Răciu, a commune in Mureş County, Romania.
Means "person from Rackham", Sussex ("homestead or enclosure with ricks"). This surname was borne by British watercolourist and book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
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.
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".
This indicates familial origin within the Bohemian town of the same name.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Radolin.
Altered spelling of Ravensburger
, 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.
Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca
"gully", "narrow pass" + dæl
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh
Rähn is an Estonian surname meaning "woodpecker".
Rahu is an Estonian surname meaning both "peace" and "reef".
Rahumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "peaceful" or "quiet" ("rahu") "land" ("maa")".
RAI Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From Sanskrit राज (rāja)
meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj
, or Rajan
Raid is an Estonian surname derived from "raidur"; meaning "hewer".
Raie is an Estonian surname meaning "cutting", "hewing" and "(tree) lumbering".
Raik is an Estonian surname derived from "raikaerik" meaning "oat grass"
Räim is an Estonian surname meaning "Baltic herring".
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
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
RAINEY Irish, Scottish
From an Irish or Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Raighne
, Ó Ráighne
meaning "descendent of Raonull", the given name Raonull
being derived from Old Norse Rögnvaldr
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’.
From an unexplained personal name (possibly of Russian Orthodox origin) + the common surname suffix -nen. It occurs chiefly in central and eastern Finland.
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]
Occupational name for a taxman or accountant, from an agent derivative of Middle High German reiten ‘to reckon’, ‘to calculate’.
RAJ Indian, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhalese
From Sanskrit राज (rāja)
meaning "king, chief, sovereign", ultimately from राजन् (rājan)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince, chief".
Raja is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary" or "border".
Rajala is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary area/field".
Rajalaane is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" ("boundary", "border") and "lääne" ("occidental", "western"): "western border/boundary".
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.
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
Rajasaar is an Estonian surname meaning "border island" or "storm island".
Rajaste is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" meaning "border".
Rajavee is an Estonian surname meaning "border water" or "storm water".
Habitational name for someone from Rajki in Białystok voivodeship or Rajkowy in Gdańsk voivodeship.
RAJPUT Urdu, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, Punjabi
Means "son of the king", derived from Sanskrit राजा (rājā)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince" combined with पुत्र (putrá)
meaning "son, child". This is also the name of a caste originating from the Indian subcontinent.
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]
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
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
RAMADAN Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān)
referring to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is marked by fasting in Muslim tradition.
RAMADHANI Swahili, Indonesian
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān)
, the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for Muslims.
RAMAGE French, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage
"wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
RAMAMURTHY Indian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma)
meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama
) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti)
meaning "idol, icon".
From the Old French male personal name Rainbert
). It was borne by Dame Marie Rambert (original name Cyvia Rabbam, later Miriam Rambach; 1888-1982), a Polish-born British ballet dancer and choreographer.
Rammo is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rammus", meaning "fat" and "fertile"; or from "ramm", meaning both "beetle" and "strength".
Rammus is an Estonian surname meaning "fat", "nourishing" and "fertile".
RAMP German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Rampf, from Middle High German ramft, ranft ‘edge’, ‘wall’, ‘crust (of bread)’; applied as a topographic name for someone who lived at the limit or outer edge of some feature, for example a field, or possibly, in the sense ‘crust’, a nickname for a poor person.
RAMSBOTTOM English (British)
A topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. It is also a habitational name from a market town with the same name, located in Greater Manchester, England.
From Sanskrit रण (raṇa)
meaning “delight, pleasure, joy” and सिंह (siṃhá)
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
Randmets is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/seashore forest".
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
Rändur is an Estonian surname meaning "itinerant" and "migrant".
RANGE German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range
‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
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]
Ränk is an Estonian surname meaning "heavy", "burdensome" and "wicked".
Rannaääre is an Estonian surname meaning "(sea)shore margin/periphery".
Rannamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "inshore hill/mountain".
Rannaste is an Estonian surname derived from "rand" and meaning "beach" or "shore".
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rannulf
, of continental Germanic origin.
Rannikmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/coastal hill/mountain".
Rant is an Estonian surname meaning "arris" and "flange".
A combination of Finnish ranta
"beach, shore" and the common surname suffix -nen
From the name of an ancient region which existed during the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.) in the state of Zhao
. As a stand-alone character, 饒 (ráo)
literally means "abundant, plentiful".
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements rad
"counsel", "advice" + bald
Possibly a habitational name from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
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]
Rask is an Estonian surname meaning "puttee (a cloth or leather legging)".
The surname of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It derives from the Russian word raskolnik, meaning "schismatic" or a member of the Old Believer sect.
Rästas is an Estonian surname meaning "ouzel (bird)" and "thrush (bird)".
RASTOGI Indian, Hindi
Possibly derived from Rohtas
, the name of a district in Bihar, India, itself from the name of a Hindu deity.
Rasva is an Estonian surname meaning "tallow", "fat" and "grease".
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".
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath
, meaning "short, and bon
RATHER German, Jewish
1. Occupational name for a counsellor or nickname for a wise person, from Middle High German rater ‘adviser’. ... [more]
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.
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (rátna)
meaning "jewel, gem, treasure" combined with नायक (nāyak)
meaning "leader, hero".
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch
"hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH
RÄUBER German, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære
‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub
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).
Raudsepp is an Estonian name meaning "blacksmith" (the combination of "raud", meaning "iron" and "sepp", meaning "smith").
Raun is an Estonian surname derived from "raunjalg" meaning "bird's nest fern" (Asplenium).
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
RAVENSCAR English (British)
From the name of a coastal village called Ravenscar, located in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England.
From Hebrew רָבִיב (raviv)
meaning "droplet, rain, drizzle".
From the Olde German and Anglo-Saxon personal name Rolf
. Originally derived from the Norse-Viking pre 7th Century 'Hrolfr' meaning "Fame-Wolf".