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Derived from German rabe "raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
Cognate of Rabe.
Rääbis is an Estonian surname meaning "whitefish".
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 "willow".
Rääk is an Estonian surname meaning "Corn crake (Crex crex)".
Raam is an Estonian surname meaning "frame" or "carriage".
Raamat is an Estonian surname meaning "book".
Raaper is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "raapiik", meaning "yardarm" (the outer extremity of a ship's yard).
Variant of Rasch.
Räästas is an Estonian surname meaning "eaves".
''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.
Raatma is an Estonian surname meaning a "clearing".
Raba is an Estonian surname meaning "bog" or "raised bog".
German surname meaning "raven, crow".
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
RABINOVICHYiddish, Russian
Means "son of the rabbi" (through the name Rabin), referring to a scholar or teacher of the Torah in Judaism.
Variant transcription of Rabinovich.
Polish Jewish name meaning son of rabbi from the root rabi meaning "rabbi" combined with the Polish patronymic suffix -owicz "son of"
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.
RACHELEnglish, German
From the English female given name RACHEL or derived from German rau "rough".
RACHLYNJewish (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]
RACHMANUkrainian, Jewish
Rachman is an old Jewish name which means "Merciful" in Hebrew.... [more]
Means "person from Rackham", Sussex ("homestead or enclosure with ricks"). This surname was borne by British watercolourist and book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
RADAncient Persian
Meanings: "Honest", "Bounteous"
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".
RADHAKRISHNANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of Radha and Krishna. In Hinduism, this is the combination of both feminine and masculine aspects of God.
Means "son of Radin".
North German: From the Old Norse Radulf.... [more]
Derived from the given name Radmilo.
This indicates familial origin within the Bohemian town of the same name.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Radolin.
From the given name RADU.
Means "son of Radu".
Variant of Ridwan.
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.
RAFIQUEUrdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Variant of Rafiq used in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Corrupted version of "Rafferty"
RAGATZGerman (Swiss)
Habitational name from Ragaz in Grison canton.
Meaning: People Of Aragon
Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca "gully", "narrow pass" + dæl "valley", "dale".
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
Raha is an Estonian surname meaning "penny".
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh.
Rahe is an Estonian surname meaning "hail".
From the personal name based on Arabic Rahim.
From the given name Rahim.
Means "son of Rahman" in Pashto.
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")".
Rahumägi is an Estonian surname meaning "peace(ful) mountain".
Rahumeel is an Estonian surname meaning "peaceful minded".
Rahusaar is an Estonian surname meaning "reef island".
RAIIndian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj, Raja, or Rajan).
Raid is an Estonian surname derived from "raidur"; meaning "hewer".
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 "plover".
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.
RAINWATEREnglish (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’.
RAISUrdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
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.
RAISCHGerman, 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]
RAISHEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Raisch.
RAISONEnglish, Scottish, French
From a medieval nickname for an intelligent person (from Old French raison "reason, intelligence").
Occupational name for a taxman or accountant, from an agent derivative of Middle High German reiten ‘to reckon’, ‘to calculate’.
RAJIndian, 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".
RAJAPakistani, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Malaysian, Bengali, Urdu
Variant of Raj; also a South Asian title of Indian origin used to denote a prince or ruler.
Raja is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary" or "border".
Rajala is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary area/field".
RAJANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title Raja or Raj denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
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".
Rajavee is an Estonian surname meaning "border water" or "storm water".
RAJKOOMARMauritian Creole, South African
Variant of Rajkumar used by Mauritian and South African Indians.
Means "son of Rajko".
Habitational name for someone from Rajki in Białystok voivodeship or Rajkowy in Gdańsk voivodeship.
RAJPUTUrdu, 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.
RAJUIndian, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi
Means "king" from Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign, chief".
Raju is an Estonian surname meaning "storm".
RAKPolish, 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]
RAKITIĆCroatian (Rare), Serbian (Rare)
Famous bearer of this surname is Croatian footballer Ivan Rakitić.
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
RALLSEnglish (Anglicized, Rare)
From old English or Saxon. Originally Rallf ( Raulf) which meant Wolf Council
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]
RAMACHANDRANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of Rama and Chandra.
RAMADHANISwahili, Indonesian
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān), the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for Muslims.
RAMAGEFrench, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage "wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
RAMAGIAncient Roman
In Caesar's Gallic Wars, the Ramagi built catapults and other mechanical weapons.... [more]
From the given name Ramakrishna. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (1952-).
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti) meaning "idol, icon".
Means "son of Ramazan" in Turkish.
Uzbek and Tajik variant of Ramazanov.
RAMBEAUFrench (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".
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.
RAMDANIArabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from Ramadan, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
Derived from the given name Ramezan.
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".
RAMNARINETrinidadian Creole, Indian
Trinidadian and Guyanese form of Ramnarayan, from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant" combined with नारायण (nārāyaṇá), an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu.
RAMPGerman (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.
RAMPERSADTrinidadian Creole, South African, Mauritian Creole
Trinidadian surname of Indian Hindu origin; from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" combined with प्रसाद (prasāda) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity".
RANAIndian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
From Sanskrit रण (raṇa) meaning “delight, pleasure, joy” and सिंह (siṃhá) “lion”.
RANCOURTFrench (Quebec)
Habitational name from places in France named Rancourt.
Rand is an Estonian surname meaning "beach".
Habitational name from a place in Catania called Randazzo. Possibly from a derivative of the personal name Rando.
RANDELFrench, 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]
RANDHAWAPakistani, Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Sikh and Jat tribe in Punjab.
Randla is an Estonian surname meaning "coastal area".
English: variant spelling of Randall or Americanized spelling of Randel.
Randmaa is an Estonian name meaning "beach land".
RANDOLPHEnglish, 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.
Randpere is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/seashore folk".
Randpõld is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/shore field".
Rändur is an Estonian surname meaning "itinerant" and "migrant".
Randviir is an Estonian surname meaning "beach line/bar".
Variant of Range.... [more]
Rangarirai means "Remember, think over, consider".
RANGEGerman, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
RANGELGerman, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of Rengel. This name is also found in Portugal.
RANGEREnglish, 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]
From the given name 'Ranj'
Ränk is an Estonian surname meaning "heavy", "burdensome" and "wicked".
RANKINScottish, Irish
Composed of the medieval given name Rankin, a diminutive of either Ronald or Rand and the name suffix kin.
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, Ranel, of continental Germanic origin.
Rannikmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/coastal hill/mountain".
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 "bold", "brave".
Means "son of Rab" or "son of Rap". Both Rab and Rap are diminutives of Robert.
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)".
RASOOLUrdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Rasul.
Variant spelling of Rasberry.
Rästas is an Estonian surname meaning "ouzel (bird)" and "thrush (bird)".
RASTOGIIndian, Hindi
Possibly derived from Rohtas, the name of a district in Bihar, India, itself from the name of a Hindu deity.
RASULUrdu, Pashto, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul).
RASULEVBashkir, Uzbek, Tatar
Means "son of Rasul".
A officer in the Latvian Waffen SS
Ratas is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel".
Ratassepp is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel smith".
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".
RATHBONEEnglish (Archaic), Medieval English (Rare)
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath, meaning "short, and bon, "legs".
RATHERGerman, 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.
Variant transcription of Ratnayake.
RATIGANIrish (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".
Rätsep means ''tailor'' in Estonian.
RATTANAKhmer, Thai
Derived from Thai รัตน์ (rạtn) meaning "gem jewel"
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch, ruhe, rouch "hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
From a medieval personal name, a variant of RALPH.
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH.
Variant of RAO.
RÄUBERGerman, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære ‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub, roup ‘booty’, ‘spoils’).
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).
Raud is an Estonian surname meaning "iron".
Raudkell is an Estonian surname meaning "iron clock".
Raudsepp is an Estonian name meaning "blacksmith" (the combination of "raud", meaning "iron" and "sepp", meaning "smith").
Finnish rauha "peace" combined with the common surname suffix -nen. ... [more]
Raun is an Estonian surname derived from "raunjalg" meaning "bird's nest fern" (Asplenium).
Derived from Finnish rautio "smith".
"Bramhin King"
RAVELINOAncient 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).
It means weaver or taylor. In the Gaelic languaje is wehydd or gwehydd.
RAVENELEnglish, 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]
From Rauenilde or Ravenild, medieval English forms of the Old Norse given name Hrafnhildr.
RAVENSWOODEnglish (American)
Ravenswood is a gothic surname.
From the given name Ravi
RAVIDHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Ravid, means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.... [more]
From Hebrew רָבִיב (raviv) meaning "droplet, rain, drizzle".
Means "son of Ravshan".
From the Olde German and Anglo-Saxon personal name Rolf. Originally derived from the Norse-Viking pre 7th Century 'Hrolfr' meaning "Fame-Wolf".
RAYAGalician, 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.
From a Germanic personal name with the elements ric- meaning "powerful" and -frid meaning "peace".
RAYMONDEnglish, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "advice, counsel" and mund "protection".
RAZHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Raz, means "secret" in Hebrew.
From the given name Razif.
English variant spelling of Read.
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.
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.
The last name Reams comes from Normandy, France.
A different form of Raison.
From the word rebane meaning "fox", it was originally given to someone perceived to possess fox-like characteristics.
Rebassoo is an Estonian surname meaning "vulpine (fox) swamp".
Nickname from a reduced form of orecchia "ear".
Probably a shortened form of orecchio "ear".
Probably a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhineland.
RECHTGerman, Jewish
Nickname for an upright person, from Middle High German reht, German recht "straight". As a Jewish name it is mainly of ornamental origin.
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.
habitational name from Recktenwald, near Saarbrücken.
Variant of Read (1).
Location name meaning "clearing or cleared woodland." Communities called Redden include one in Roxburghshire, Scotland and another in Somerset, England. A notable bearer is actor Billy Redden who played the dueling banjoist Lonnie in the 1972 film 'Deliverance.'
REDDICKScottish, 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".
Habitational name from Redwick in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with hreod "reeds" and wic "outlying settlement".
REDDINGEnglish, 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]
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Reddish,' a village near Stockport, Cheshire.