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REX     English, German (Latinized)
English: variant of Ricks. ... [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]
REZAEI     Persian
Derived from the given name Reza.
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.
RIBA DE NEIRA     Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Baralla, Comarca of Os Ancares.
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.
RICARDEZ     Spanish
Means "Son of Ricardo". Spanish form of Richardson.
RICCIARDI     Italian
Patronymic from Ricciardo, a variant of the personal name Riccardo.
RICHARDSSON     Swedish
Means "son of Rikard".
RICHARDT     German
Variant of Richard.
RICHE     English, French
English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
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
RIESER     Swiss, German
Alemannic form of Reiser. A habitational name for someone from Ries near Passau. Alemannic variant of Rüsser and Rüser, a variant of Reusser. Altered spelling of Riesser, a habitational name for someone from Ries(s), a region of Bavaria.
RIETH     German
"reed" -- a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground.
RIETSCHEL     German
Variant of Ritschel.
RIETUMS     Latvian
Derived from the word rietumi meaning "west".
RIFAI     Arabic
Elevation of all, honor and Glory... [more]
RIFKIN     Jewish
Metronymic from the Yiddish female given name Rifke from the Hebrew given name Rivka (see Rebecca), with the addition of the Slavic suffix -in.
RIFKIND     Jewish
Variant of RIFKIN. The final element was changed due to the influence of the Yiddish noun kind "child" (German: "Kinder").
RIGY     ?
RIIS     Scandinavian
Nickname from ris 'twigs', 'scrub', or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark. Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís 'brushwood'.
RIKIMARU     Japanese
This surname is used as 力丸 with 力 (rii, riki, ryoku, chikara) meaning "bear up, exert, power, strain, strength, strong" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
RIM     English
RINATO     Italian
means "reborn" in italian
RINBAYASHI     Japanese (Rare)
This name is made up of 2 characters: literally "Hayashi Hayashi",and Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is pronounced "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
RIND     German
Probably a metonymic occupational name for a cattle dealer or butcher, from Middle High German rint meaning "cow".
RINDT     German
Variant of Rind.
RINGELBERG     German
From the mountain on which sat Castle Ringel.
RINGER     English
Derived from the occupation of "ringer" as in a bell ringer or a person who makes rings.
RINGGOLD     German
Comes from Germanic ring "ring" or "assembly" and wald "rule"
RIORDAN     Irish
meaning, "royal bard"
RIPPAS     German (Swiss)
The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
RIPPER     English
Means "maker, seller or carrier of baskets" (from a derivative of Middle English rip "basket").
RISTESKI     Macedonian
Son of Riste
RISTEVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of Risto".
RITA     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name Rita, a reduced form of MargharitaMargaret’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
RITCH     English, German, German (Swiss)
1. English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RITCHINGS     French, German, English
This surname has at least three distinct separate origins. ... [more]
RITSCHEL     German, History
Derived from Old High German hruod "fame". This was the maiden name of Magda Goebbels who was the wife of Paul Joseph Goebbels. Her husband was Nazi Germany's propaganda minister between the years 1933 and 1945... [more]
RITTENHOUSE     German
Means "Knight House."
RIVAL     ?
RIVAS     Spanish
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places named Rivas or Ribas.
RIVERA     Spanish, Italian, Catalan
1.Spanish: habitational name from any of the places named Rivera, a variant of Ribera.... [more]
RIVERS     English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Rivières, from the plural form of Old French rivière ‘river’ (originally meaning ‘riverbank’, from Latin riparia)... [more]
RIVES     French, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Rive a back-formation from Rivke (see Rifkin).... [more]
RIVET     French, English
French: from a diminutive of Old French rive ‘(river) bank’, ‘shore’ (see Rives).... [more]
RIVETT     English, French
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a metalworker, from Middle English, Old French rivet ‘small nail or bolt’ (from Old French river ‘to fix or secure’, of unknown origin).... [more]
RIX     German
given to a person who resided near a hill, stream, church, or tree
RIZAL     Malay, Filipino
In the case of Filipino usage, the surname is claimed to be derived from Spanish ricial meaning "the green of young growth" or "green fields". A notable bearer is José Rizal (1861-1896), a Filipino nationalist and national hero.
RIZVANOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Rizvan".
RIZZA     Italian
Variant of Rizzo.
RIZZOTTI     Italian
Variant of 'Rizzo', which means 'curly haired'
RO     English
Possibly a variant of Rowe.
ROANE     Irish
Variant spelling of Rowan or possibly a variant of Ruane.
ROASCIO     Italian (Rare)
Derived from Roascio, the name of a municipality in the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roass in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
ROASIO     Italian
This surname originates from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is most likely derived from Roasio, which is the name of a municipality in that same region. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roaso in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
ROBER     German
Variant of Röber (see Roeber).
ROBERS     English
Variant of Roberts.
ROBERSON     English
Variant of Robinson.
ROBERTIN     French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robertin, which was a diminutive of the given name Robert.
ROBERTSSEN     English
English variant of Robertsson.
ROBEY     English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert.
ROBICHAUX     French
An altered spelling of Robichon or Roubichou, pet forms of Robert.
ROBIN     Scottish, English, French, German
From the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob and the hypocoristic suffix -in.
ROBINET     French
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Robin.... [more]
ROBINS     English
Southern English patronymic from the personal name Robin.
ROBINSSON     Swedish
Means "son of Robin".
ROBY     English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert.
ROCA     Catalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named, from Catalan roca "rock". This name is also Occitan.
ROCHALLYI     Hungarian
Probably from Italian Roccalli
ROCHESTER     English
Means "person from Rochester", Kent (probably "Roman town or fort called Rovi"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mr Rochester, the Byronic hero of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
ROCHMAN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
ROCHMAN     Jewish
Metronymic from the Yiddish given name RUCHEL + suffix man "man".
ROCHMANN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
ROCK     English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a notable crag or outcrop, from Middle English rokke "rock" (see Roach), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Rock in Northumberland.
ROCKEFELLER     German
Means "from Rockenfeld." Some famous bearers include founder of the Standard Oil Company and philanthropist John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), and 41st Vice President of the U.S.A. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979).
ROCKETT     French
From the French "la roche," or "of the rock." Some family histories trace this back to French Hugenots (sp) who immigrated to England in the 1500's from the Normandy region of France.
ROCKMAN     German
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Rockau in Thuringia.
ROCKMAN     German, Jewish
Possibly an altered spelling of ROCHMAN.
ROCKWELL     English
Means "person from Rockwell", Buckinghamshire and Somerset (respectively "wood frequented by rooks" and "well frequented by rooks"). Famous bearers include American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) and Utah pioneer Porter Rockwell (1813-1878).
ROĐAK     Croatian
Derived from rođak, meaning "family relative".
RODÉ     Ancient Greek
A man said it was a location.
RODELA     Galician
Possibly habitational name from a place called Rodel (in A Coruña province, Galicia), derived from a diminutive of roda "wheel".
RODHAM     English
From Roddam in Northumberland. The name is thought to have derived from Germanic *rodum, meaning 'forest clearing'.
RODIA     Italian
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
RODMAN     English
It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rodman is "renowned man". The most famous bearer of the surname is the basketball player Dennis Rodman
RODMAN     English
The surname Rodman is an ancient English surname, derived from a trade name, "men who were by the tenure or customs of their lands to ride with or for the lord of the manor about his business". The most famous bearer of this name is the basketball player Dennis Rodman.
RODWELL     Anglo-Saxon
Rodwell, an interesting name of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a locational surname deriving from any one of various places in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent, England. In English, the meaning of the name Rodwell is "Lives by the spring near the road"... [more]
ROE     English
Nickname for a timid person, derived from the Middle English ro meaning "roe"; also a midland and southern form of Ray.
ROE     Norwegian
Habitational surname for any of the several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, derived from the Old Norse ruð meaning "clearing".
ROEBER     Low German
Habitational name from a place named Roben, for example in Thuringia or Schleswig. From a Germanic personal name based on hrod ‘renown’, ‘victory’. Low German variant of Räuber and Rauber.
ROEHRENBAECK     German
qwerftghyjkl
ROEL     English, Spanish, Dutch, German
From the name Roeland, meaning "famous country".
ROELFS     Dutch
Means "son of Roelf".
ROELOFS     Dutch
Variant of Roelfs, meaning "son of Roelof".
ROELOFSEMA     Frisian
Possibly meaning "son of Roelof". Variant of Roelofsma.
ROELOFSMA     Frisian
Possibly means "son of Roelof".
ROESCHLAUB     German (Rare, Archaic)
Comes from the Bavarian meaning 'Rustling Leaves'
ROGAN     Irish
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadhagáin ‘son of Ruadhagán’, a personal name from a diminutive of ruadh ‘red’.
ROGER     Scottish, English, North German, French, Catalan
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hrōd "renown" and gār, gēr "spear, lance", which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rog(i)er... [more]
ROGIN     Jewish
Habitational name from any of various villages named Rogi or from Rogin, all in Belarus.
ROGIŃSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Rogi, named with meaning róg "horn".
ROHLFS     German, Dutch (Rare)
Variant of Rolfs.
ROHME     German
From the Germanic personal name Ruom (Old High German hruom ‘fame’), a short form of Ruombald and similar personal names containing this element.
ROHR     German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area thickly grown with reeds, from Middle High German ror. Also a habitational name from one of the several places named with this word.
ROHRBACH     German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Rohrbach (‘reed brook’ or ‘channel brook’) in many parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a common surname in Pennsylvania.
ROHRLACH     German (Rare), American
Form a place name, e.g., Rohrlach (Kreis Hirschberg) in Silesia (now Trzcińsko, Poland)
ROHRSEN     German
Unknown source.
ROISUM     Norwegian
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
ROITH     Ancient Irish
RoithRuith = "Wheel" / Mug Ruith/Mogh Roith = "Servant of the wheel"... [more]
ROKA     Japanese
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
ROLAND     French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. (Compare Rowland).... [more]
ROLF     German
English: Composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou (see Rollo).... [more]
ROLF     English
From the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd "renown" and wulf "wolf". This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo).
ROLFE     English
Variant of Rolf.
ROLFS     German
This surname means "son of Rolf," a patronymic surname from northern Germany.
ROLL     Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
ROLLE     English
Variant of Roll.
ROLLIN     English, German
English: variant of Rolling.... [more]
ROLLO     Scottish
Scottish: from a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou, the usual Norman form of Rolf.
ROLLO     Scottish
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l), the usual Norman form of Rolf.
ROLSTON     English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Rowlston in Lincolnshire, Rolleston in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, or Rowlstone in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border... [more]
ROMAN     Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian
From the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
ROMANESCU     Romanian
Patronymic from the given name Roman.
ROMANOFF     Russian
Variant spelling of Romanov.
ROMANOVA     Russian
Means "daughter of Roman".
ROMANOW     Polish
Polish spelling of Russian Romanoff.
ROMEKA     Lithuanian (Latinized)
From the Latin for "of Rome"
ROMINE     English, Dutch
From Rome
ROMIUS     ?
ROMMEL     Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln, rumpeln to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of Rummel.
ROMNEY     English
English: habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from an obscure first element, rumen, + Old English ea ‘river’ (see Rye).
ROMP     English, German
Likely a variant of Rump.
RON     Spanish, Galician
Habitational name from a town called Ron in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.
RONEY     Irish (Anglicized, Modern, Archaic)
The most common Irish variant of Rooney primarily concentrated in the Ulster counties of Down, Louth, Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Sligo. From the Gaelic O'Ruanaidh and O'Ruanadha which means the descendant of the champion of ulster... [more]
RÖNN     Swedish
Means "rowan" in Swedish.
RONNEBERG     Norwegian
unknown
RØNNING     Norwegian
From Old Norse Ryðningr, from ruð "clearing".
ROÑO     Spanish
masculine form of roña which means dirt
RONSON     English
Means "son of RON"
RÖNTGEN     German
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) who discovered and studied x-rays. Röntgen called the radiation "X" because it was an unknown type of radiation... [more]
ROOK     English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rook (e.g. in having black hair or a harsh voice).
ROOM     English (British)
Variant of Roome.
ROOME     English
Variant of Rome.
ROONEY     Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh "descendant of Ruanadh", a byname meaning "champion".
ROOP     Dutch
Dutch: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Robrecht.
ROOT     English, Dutch
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot). ... [more]
ROPER     English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rāp ‘rope’. See also ROOP.
ROS     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Santibáñez.
ROSBERG     German
Meaning "rose" "mountain"
ROSELAND     English
Americanized form of Norwegian Røys(e)land; a habitational name from about 30 farmsteads, many in Agder, named from Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’ + land ‘land’, ‘farmstead’.
ROSELL     Swedish
Combination of ros "rose" and the common surname suffix -ell.
ROSEMA     Frisian
Variant spelling of Rozema.
ROSEMAN     English
From the Norman feminine name Rosamund.
ROSEN     German, Jewish
Means "Roses" in German
ROSENBAUM     German
Means rose tree of tree of roses in German
ROSENBAUM     German
Habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rosebush, Middle High German rōsenboum.
ROSENBAUM     Jewish
Ornamental adoption of modern German Rosenbaum "rose bush".
ROSENBORG     Norwegian
Norwegian form of Rosenberg.
ROSENCRANTZ     German
Means "rose wreath" in German.
ROSENHEIM     German (Rare)
Derived from "home of roses".
ROSENTHAL     German, Jewish
name for any of numerous places named rosenthal or rosendahl. means " rose valley"
ROSER     German
German: topographic name for "someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew" (see Rose 1), with the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.German (Röser): habitational name from places called Rös, Roes, or Rösa in Bavaria, Rhineland, and Saxony, or a variant of Rosser.Swiss German (Röser): from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on hrod "renown".English: "unexplained".
ROSEVEAR     Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros "moor, heath" and vur "big".
ROSEWOOD     English
Denoting someone who came from a rose wood or grove.
ROSI     Greek, Italian
Greek: Metronymic from the female personal name Rosa, or alternatively a variant of Rosso.... [more]
ROSSEAU     French, American
Variant spelling of Rousseau. Comes from the Old French word rous meaning "red", likely a nickname for someone with red hair or a particularly rosy complexion.
ROSSIE     English
Possibly a variant of Rossi.
ROSSING     Norwegian
ross (came from scotland) ing - added in Norway
ROSTAMZADEH     Persian
From the given name Rostam combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
ROSTOV     Russian, Literature
Either derived from Rostov Oblast, a Russian federal subject, the town of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, or Rostov-on-Don, a Russian city in the Rostov Oblast. This is also the surname of multiple characters from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel "War and Peace".
ROSTOVA     Russian
Feminine form of Rostov.
ROSTWOROWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Rostworowo.
ROSYA     Ukrainian (Modern), Russian (Modern)
Either a shortened version of "Rossiya", which is Russian for "Russia", or the Russian and Ukrainian version of Rose.
ROSZHART     German
The original spelling of the name is Roßhart. Roß means "horse" and hart means "hard" in German. The name was changed when the family immigrated to the United States in the 1850's. Some took on the name "Rosshart", and some "Roszhart" as the ß has the "sss" sound.
ROTHCHILDS     Ancient Celtic
Scottish circa 1500-1600. See Neil Oliver's book 'The Vikings' for mention of Rothkilde
ROTHFUS     German
Middle High German rot "red" + vuoz "foot", a nickname for someone who followed the fashion for shoes made from a type of fine reddish leather. Or a variant of Rotfuchs, from the Middle Low German form fos "fox", a nickname for a clever person.
ROTHMAN     German, Jewish
German (Rothmann) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair, from an elaborated form of Roth 1. ... [more]
ROTHMANN     German
German: see Rothman.
ROTSTEIN     German
German surname that means "red stone".
ROTT     German
As far as I've researched the name dates back to a man by the name of Count Palatine Kuno von Rott (~1083). After he got land from the Pfalzfrafs which seem to be a nobile family line.... [more]
ROTTEN     Popular Culture
From the English word rotten, meaning "In a state of decay/cruel, mean, immoral/bad, horrible". In the Icelandic children's television program LazyTown, Robbie Rotten is the main antagonist of the show who desires silence and peace, continuously formulates reckless schemes that often feature him masquerading in various disguises as a means of hoodwinking or tempting residents away from an active lifestyle... [more]
ROTTSCHEIT     German
Modernization of Rotscheidt, also a city in Germany (Rottscheidt) bearing another modern alternate spelling. When broken down it ultimately means "red" and "piece of wood", implying that the families of today descends from woodwrokers.
ROUGE     French
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
ROUGEAU     French
Diminutive of Rouge, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
ROUGEUX     French
Variant of Rougeau.
ROURKE     Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruairc ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic Ruadhrac, a personal name from Norse Hrothrekr (see Roderick). This is the name of chieftain family in counties Leitrim and Cavan.... [more]
ROUSE     English
nickname for a person with red hair, from Middle English, Old French rous ‘red(-haired)’
ROUSOPOULOS     Greek
Meaning "of Russian descent".
ROUSSEL     French
Variant of Rousseau.
RÖVER     German
This surname was originally used as a derogative nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover meaning "pirate, robber."
ROVER     English, German (Anglicized)
This surname is derived from Middle English roof (from Old English hrof) combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a constructor or repairer of roofs.... [more]
ROVIARO     Italian (Modern)
From northern Italy
ROVNÁK     Czech
Habitational name from places named Rovné and/or Rovný.
ROWE     Jewish
A shortened form of the surname Horowitz, a variant of the surname Horovic, from the town of Horovice, Czech Republic.
ROWETT     English
English from a medieval personal name composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wald ‘rule’, which was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the form Róaldr, and again later by the Normans in the form Rohald or Roald... [more]
ROWLEY     English
Anglo Saxon Name- locational, comes from several places in England such as in Devonshire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Staffordshire. It means ' rough wood or clearing', from the Old English 'run' meaning rough and 'leah', meaning clearing in a wood.
ROWSON     English (British, Anglicized)
The ancestors of the Rowson family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.... [more]
ROYZNBARG     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Rosenberg.
ROZELLE     French
Beautiful flower from France brought over by an immigrant named Page Rozelle. People said when she said something nice or touched you, good luck would come to you.
ROZEMA     Frisian
Possibly a contraction of Roelfsema meaning "son of Roelf". Also spelled Rosema, Roosma, Rozeman.
ROZEWICZ     Polish
The origin of this surname is unknown, but is Polish.... [more]
ROZWADOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Rozwady or Rozwadów in Biała Podlaska voivodeship.
RUA     Jewish (Rare)
Israel, Spain
RUADHAGIN     Irish
Meaning, ‘son of Ruadhagán.’
RUBIN     Jewish
Poland
RUCCI     Italian
Patronymic from the personal name Ruccio, from a short form of various pet names formed with this suffix, as for example Gasparuccio (from Gaspari) or Baldassaruccio (from Baldasare).
RUCH     German (Swiss)
It was originally a nickname for a greedy person, from Middle High German ruoch ‘eager,’ ‘intent.’... [more]
RUCINSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ruciany in Siedlce.
RUCKER     German
Middle High German: nickname rucken "to move or draw". North German: nickname from Middle Low German rucker "thief", "greedy or acquisitive person". German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Rudiger... [more]
RUCKMAN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
RÜCKMANN     German
From a Germanic personal name based on hrok "intent", "eager" (Old High German ruoh).
RUDAM     ?
RUDAT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "russet; auburn; reddish brown", derived from Old Prussian ruds and Lithuanian rudas.
RUDD     English
A famous bearer is political activist Mark Rudd.
RUDE     Norwegian, German
German: From a pet form of a personal name formed with Old High German hrōd "fame", for example Rudolf or Rüdiger. See also Ruhe.... [more]
RUDNER     German
German: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Redner.
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