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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.
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]
ROSIER     French
French for "rose tree" or "rose bush". A common surname in Francophone areas. It is also the name of a fallen angel who was considered the patron demon of tainted love and seduction.
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.
ROSSIGNOL     French
Means "nightingale" or "picklock" in French.
ROSSING     Norwegian
ross (came from scotland) ing - added in Norway
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.
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.
ROTHSTEIN     German, Jewish
From German rot meaning "red" and stein meaning "stone".
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]
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)’
Meaning "of Russian descent".
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]
ROYAL     English
From the given name Royal.
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]
Habitational name for someone from Rozwady or Rozwadów in Biała Podlaska voivodeship.
RUA     Jewish (Rare)
Israel, Spain
Meaning, ‘son of Ruadhagán.’
RUBALCABA     Spanish
Variant of Rubalcava.
RUBALCAVA     Spanish (Mexican)
Denotes someone who was originally from the town of Rubalcaba in Cantabria, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic الربع الخالي (ar-rubʿ al-ḵālī) meaning "the Empty Quarter", referring to the Rub' al Khali desert in the Arabian Peninsula.
RUBIN     Jewish
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.
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:ānis_Rudzutaks... [more]
RUEDIG     German
Variation of Rudig.
RUELAS     French
A last name common in Mexico which is believed to have derived from the French word ruelle (or Portuguese word ruela) meaning lane or alley.
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     ?
RUKKI     Estonian
Rukki is an Estonian surname derived from "rukis", meaning "rye"
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]
RUMMO     Estonian
Rummo is an Estonian surname, derived from "rumm" ("rum").
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]
RUNGE     German
From the old word "runga", meaning stick or whip
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]
RÜÜTEL     Estonian
From the Estonian word rüütel, meaning "knight".
RÜÜTLI     Estonian
Rüütli is an Estonian surname, meaning "chivalric".
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]
RYUEN     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
龍 (Ryuu) means "Dragon" and 円 (En) means "Circle, Round". En also can also mean "Garden" in this surname. ... [more]
RYUKO     Japanese
See the Ryuko first name.
RYUMINE     Japanese
Ryu means "Dragon, Imperial" and Mine means "Peak".
RYUUEN     Japanese
Most common transcription of Ryuen, actually.
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, 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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