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RUDNER     German
German: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Redner.
RUDOLF     German
From a personal name composed of Old High German hrōd "renown" and wolf "wolf", equivalent to English Ralph. This name is also found in Slovenia.
RUDSTRÖM     Swedish
Combination of rud "deforested land, clearing" and ström "stream".
RUDZĪTIS     Latvian
Derived from the word rudzi meaning "rye".
RUDZUTAKA     Latvian (Rare)
Rudzutaka is compound from two words first rudzu meaning "rye" and second taka meaning "path". Rudzutaka is femenine form of surname, the masculine form of surname is Rudzutaks. Most famous person with this surname is Jānis Rudzutaks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jānis_Rudzutaks... [more]
RUEDIG     German
Variation of Rudig.
RUESCH     German (Swiss), Jewish
Swiss/German variant of Rusch. Meaning "shaggy," "bristly," "unkempt," or "quick."
RUF     German
From a reduced form of the personal name Rudolf.
RUFARO     Shona
It is a form of the Shona name Mufaro.
RUFF     English
Variant of Rolf.
RUFF     German
Variant of Ruf.
RUFF     English
Variant of Rolfe.
RUFFIN     English
From the medieval French male personal name Ruffin, from Latin Rūfīnus, a derivative of Rūfus (literally "red-haired one"). A known bearer of the surname is US soul singer Jimmy Ruffin (1939-).
RUGBY     English
From Rugby, Warwickshire. Originally named *Rocheberie, from Old English *Hrocaburg, 'Hroca's fort', the name was altered due to influence fort Danish settlers, with the second element being replaced with Old Norse byr, 'farm'.... [more]
RUGE     German
Nickname from Middle High German ruowe, ruge ‘quiet’, ‘calm’ or Low German rug ‘rough’, ‘crude’.... [more]
RUGGIERO     Italian
From the given name RUGGIERO.
RUHE     German
Variant of Ruge. (Rühe) is also a nickname from Rüde ‘hound.’ Habitational name from places named Rühen, Rüden, Rhüden in northern Germany.
RUHLAND     German
Variation of Rüland.
RUHREN     ?
RULAND     German
Medieval form of Roland.
RULE     Scottish, English
Scottish name from the lands of Rule in the parish of Hobkirk, Roxburghshire. The derivation is from the River Rule which flows through the area, and is so called from the ancient Welsh word "rhull" meaning "hasty or rushing".... [more]
RULINSKAS     Lithuanian (Latinized, Rare)
Meaning and origin still unknown.
RUMBELOW     English
Means "person from Rumbelow", the name of various locations in England ("three mounds").
RUMMEL     German, Dutch
North German and Dutch: variant of Rommel.... [more]
RUMNEY     English
Variant of Romney.
RUMPOLE     English
A different form of Rumbold (from the Norman personal name Rumbald, of Germanic origin and probably meaning literally "fame-bold"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Horace Rumpole, the eccentric QC created by John Mortimer (originally for a 1975 television play).
RUMSCHLAG     German
This name is possibly a derivative of the German word for "envelope" which is spelled 'Umschlag'.
RUNCIE     English, Scottish
Derived from Latin runcinus, and related to the Old French "roncin", for a horse of little value. Middle English, Rouncy, as in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales.... [more]
RUNDLETT     French
this is a french word for little wine barrels.
RUNDS     Ancient Germanic (Rare)
The Runds surname most likely originated near the Rhine river. It comes from the Proto-Celtic word, rūnā, meaning mystery/mystic. The coat of arms dates back to the middle ages and consists of a black shield with three gold crescent moons... [more]
RUSH     Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis "descendant of Ros", a personal name perhaps derived from ros "wood". In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra (see Loughrey).
RUSHDIE     Kashmiri (Rare)
Derived from Arabic رَشَدَ (rašada) meaning "to go the right way, to follow the right course" or "to be well guided" (related to the given names Rashad and Rashid). A famous bearer is Ahmed Salman Rushdie (1947-), a British-Indian author of Kashmiri descent.
RUSTEMOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Rustem".
RUSU     Romanian
Romanian name meaning "russian".
RUTH     English, German (Swiss)
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. Not related to the given name in this case.... [more]
RUTLEDGE     English, Scottish
Origin unknown
RUTMAN     Jewish, German
1. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of Rothman. ... [more]
RUTMANN     German
German: see Rutman.
RUTT     English, German
English: variant of Root.... [more]
RUTTER     English
Either (i) "player of the rote (a medieval stringed instrument played by plucking)"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a dishonest or untrustworthy person (from Old French routier "robber, mugger")... [more]
RUŽEK     Czech
It means "rose". Derived from name Ružena.
RUŽIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Derived from ruža meaning ''rose''.
RYALL     English
From any of several places in England named from Old English ryge "rye" + hyll "hill".
RYALS     English
English occupational surname.
RYBACKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Rybaki, named with ryba meaning "fish".
RYBAK     Polish, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Means "fisherman" in some Slavic languages. Derived from the word ryba "fish". A famous bearer is Byelarusian-Norwegian artist Alexander Rybak (b. 1986) who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009.
RYBAKOV     Russian
From the Russian word рыбак meaning "fisher".
RYBALKA     Ukrainian
Ukrainian surname meaning "fisherman". Derived from ryba "fish".
RYBINSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called 'Rybno'.
RYDBERG     Swedish
Combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and berg "mountain". Notable bearers are author and poet Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895) and physicist Johannes Rydberg (1854-1919).
RYDELL     Swedish, English
Swedish: ornamental name composed of the place name element ryd ‘woodland clearing’ + the common suffix -ell, from the Latin adjectival ending -elius.... [more]
RYDÉN     German, Swedish
Can come from the island Rügen in Germany. Bengt Rydén was the cheif editor at a Swedish magazine called Veckans Affärer.
RYERSON     American
Americanized spelling of Swedish Reierson or of any of its cognates, for example Dutch Ryerse, Ryersen or Norwegian and Danish Reiersen.
RYLE     English
Variant of Royle.
RYLE     English
Habitational name from Royle in Lancashire (see Royle).
RYNE     German (Swiss)
Respelling of Swiss German Rhyn, a topographic name for someone living on the Rhine river, Middle High German Rin.
RYŠAVÝ     Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak last name meaning "red-haired".
RYSLINK     Czech (Rare)
Czech spelling or interpretation of an Irish (I think) name. First introduced in 1620 at the beginning of the 30 Years War at White Mountain near Prague, CZ when an Irish (I think) soldier fathered a Czech son... [more]
RYŪZAKI     Japanese
This surname is used as 竜崎, 龍崎, 竜嵜 or 劉崎 with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) or 龍 (ryuu, ryou, rou, tatsu), both meaning "dragon, imperial," 劉 (ryuu, ru, koro.su) meaning "faded, kill en masse, logging axe, peeling (paint off a wall, etc), sparse, weapon of war," 崎 and 嵜 (ki, sai, saki, misaki), the first meaning "cape, promontory, spit" and the second meaning "promontory, steep."... [more]
RZASA     Polish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pond where duckweed grew, from Polish rzasa ‘duckweed’.
RZEPKA     Polish
from rzepka, diminutive of rzepa ‘turnip’, either a nickname or a metonymic occupational name for a peasant who grew root vegetables.
RZEWUSKI     Polish
It indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village of Rzewuszki.
RZONCA     Polish
Nickname from Polish dialect rzonca, standard Polish rzodca ‘land steward’.
RZUCIDLO     Polish
Nickname for an eager or ebullient person from a derivative of rzucic ‘to throw’, ‘to throw oneself at someone’.
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