Submitted Surnames Starting with R

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RAAB German
Derived from German rabe "raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
RAABE German
Cognate of RABE.
RÄÄBIS Estonian
Rääbis is an Estonian surname meaning "whitefish".
RAAD Dutch
Metonymic occupational name for an adviser, counselor, or member of a town council, from raad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’.
RAAG Estonian
Raag is an Estonian surname; a colloquial name meaning "twig" and "leafless branchlet".
RÄÄGEL Estonian
Räägel is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "raag" meaning "leafless" and "bare".
RAAGMAA Estonian
Raagmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "twig/leafless land".
RÄÄK Estonian
Rääk is an Estonian surname meaning "Corn crake (Crex crex)".
RAAM Estonian
Raam is an Estonian surname meaning "frame" or "carriage".
RAAMAT Estonian
Raamat is an Estonian surname meaning "book".
RAAPER Estonian
Raaper is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "raapiik", meaning "yardarm" (the outer extremity of a ship's yard).
RAASCH German
Variant of RASCH.
RÄÄSK Estonian
Rääsk is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rääs" meaning "whale-oil".
RÄÄST Estonian
Rääst is an Estonian surname meaning "baldachin" (a canopy of typically placed over an altar or throne).
RÄÄSTAS Estonian
Räästas is an Estonian surname meaning "eaves".
RAAT Dutch
''Somebody who gives good advice'', ''counsel'' Raad = advice.... [more]
RAATIKAINEN Finnish
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 Estonian
Raatma is an Estonian surname meaning a "clearing".
RABA Estonian
Raba is an Estonian surname meaning "bog" or "raised bog".
RABE German
German surname meaning "raven, crow".
RABENSTEIN German
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
RABINOVICH Yiddish, Russian
Means "son of the rabbi" (through the name Rabin), referring to a scholar or teacher of the Torah in Judaism.
RABINOVITCH Yiddish
Variant transcription of RABINOVICH.
RABINOWICZ Jewish
Polish Jewish name meaning son of rabbi from the root rabi meaning "rabbi" combined with the Polish patronymic suffix -owicz "son of"
RABINOWITZ Jewish, Polish
Polish variant of RABINOVICH.
RABINSKY Jewish
From the root rabi "rabbi" combined with the Polish suffix -ski
RABSZTYŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Rabsztyn.
RĂCEANU Romanian
Designates someone from Răciu, a commune in Mureş County, Romania.
RACHEDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name RASHID; this spelling is chiefly used in Algerian Arabic.
RACHEL English, German
From the English female given name RACHEL or derived from German rau "rough".
RACHLYN Jewish (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]
RACHMAN Ukrainian, Jewish
Rachman is an old Jewish name which means "Merciful" in Hebrew.... [more]
RACHVALSKY Jewish
No history
RACKHAM English
Means "person from Rackham", Sussex ("homestead or enclosure with ricks"). This surname was borne by British watercolourist and book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
RACKLEY English
It means ‘mound’ ‘homestead’ and ‘ham’.
RACMAN Filipino, Maranao, Maguindanao
From the given name RACMAN.
RAD Ancient Persian
Meanings: "Honest", "Bounteous"
RADENKOVIĆ Serbian
Means ''son of RADENKO''.
RADER German
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.
RADFORD English
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".
RADHAKRISHNAN Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of RADHA and KRISHNA... [more]
RADIAB Filipino, Maranao
From Radiyab, the Maranao name for the seventh month of the Islamic calendar, which is ultimately derived from Arabic رَجَب (Rajab).
RADIAMODA Filipino, Maranao
From a Maranao title for sultans meaning "young king", derived from radia meaning "king" and moda meaning "young".
RADINOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of RADIN".
RADLER German
Occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a wheelmaker or wheelwright. The name stems from the German noun rat, meaning wheel. The origin is more clear in the variant RADEMACHER
RADLOFF Low German
North German: From the Old Norse Radulf.... [more]
RADMILOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of RADMILO".
RADNICE Czech
This indicates familial origin within the Bohemian town of the same name.
RADOLIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Radolin.
RĂDUCAN Romanian
Means "son of RADU".
RĂDULESCU Romanian
Means "son of RADU".
RADWAN Arabic
Variant of RIDWAN.
RADZHA Indian, Gujarati, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of RAJA.
RADZHAN Indian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
Alternate transcription of RAJAN.
RAEES Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
RAFFENSPERGER German
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.
RAFIQUE Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Variant of RAFIQ used in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
RAFTER Gaelic
The original Gaelic form of Rafter was O Raithbheartaigh, which was modified to O Raifeartaigh. The surname is derived from the words rath bheartach meaning prosperity wielder.
RAFTERY Irish
Corrupted version of "Rafferty"
RAFTU Romanian
Raftu is a surname who was first use in Greece but now is only use in Romania, the name means ,,Bookshelf" in Romanian
RAGAB Arabic
Variant transcription of Rajab.
RAGAN English
A variant of REAGAN.
RÄGAPART Estonian
Rägapart is an Estonian surname meaning "garganey" ("Spatula querquedula": a species of dabbling duck).
RAGATZ German (Swiss)
Habitational name from Ragaz in Grison canton.
RAGONESI Italian
Meaning: People Of Aragon
RAGSDALE English
Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca "gully", "narrow pass" + dæl "valley", "dale".
RAGUSA Italian
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
RAHA Estonian
Raha is an Estonian surname meaning "money".
RAHAMÄGI Estonian
Rahamägi is an Estonian surname meaning "money mountain".
RAHE German
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh.
RAHE Estonian
Rahe is an Estonian surname meaning "hail".
RAHIM Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name RAHIM.
RAHIMI Persian
From the given name RAHIM.
RÄHK Estonian
Rähk is an Estonian surname meaning "rubble".
RAHMAN Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name RAHMAN.
RAHMANZAI Pashto
Means "son of RAHMAN" in Pashto.
RÄHN Estonian
Rähn is an Estonian surname meaning "woodpecker".
RAHU Estonian
Rahu is an Estonian surname meaning both "peace" and "reef".
RAHULA Estonian
Rahula is an Estonian surname meaning "reef area".
RAHUMAA Estonian
Rahumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "peaceful" or "quiet" ("rahu") "land" ("maa")".
RAHUMÄGI Estonian
Rahumägi is an Estonian surname meaning "peace(ful) mountain".
RAHUMEEL Estonian
Rahumeel is an Estonian surname meaning "peaceful minded".
RAHUSAAR Estonian
Rahusaar is an Estonian surname meaning "reef island".
RAI Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see RAJ, RAJA, or RAJAN).
RAID Estonian
Raid is an Estonian surname derived from "raidur"; meaning "hewer".
RAIDER English
Taken from a village called "Rait".
RAIDLA Estonian
Raidla is an Estonian surname meaning "sculptural/hewed area".
RAIDVÄLI Estonian
Raidväli is an Estonian surname meaning "hewed/sculpted field".
RAIE Estonian
Raie is an Estonian surname meaning "cutting", "hewing" and "(tree) lumbering".
RAIG Estonian
Raig is an Estonian surname meaning "slough" (a swamplike area)".
RAIGON Ancient Celtic
syll. rai-gon The baby boy name Raigon is derived from Celtic origins. It means “heir to the throne” or “little king”
RAIJ Spanish, Judeo-Spanish, Portuguese, Romani (Caló)
Borrowed from Hindi राइज (raij) meaning "rice". This surname is found among Christian and Jewish Caló families.
RAIK Estonian
Raik is an Estonian surname derived from "raikaerik" meaning "oat grass"
RÄIM Estonian
Räim is an Estonian surname meaning "Baltic herring".
RAINBIRD English
From the Old French male personal name Rainbert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "counsel-bright" (cf. RAGINBERT)... [more]
RAINBOW English
From the Old French male personal name Rainbaut, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "counsel-brave" (cf. RAGINBALD)... [more]
RAINEY Irish, Scottish
An Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Raighne, Ó Ráighne meaning "descendent of Raonull", the given name Raonull being derived from Old Norse Rögnvaldr, Røgnvaldr, Rǫgnvaldr (compare RONALD).
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’.
RAIS Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
RÄISÄNEN Finnish
From an unexplained personal name (possibly of Russian Orthodox origin) + the common surname suffix -nen. It occurs chiefly in central and eastern Finland.
RAISBECK English
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]
RAISH English (American)
Americanized spelling of German RAISCH.
RAISON English, Scottish, French
From a medieval nickname for an intelligent person (from Old French raison "reason, intelligence").
RAISTE Estonian
Raiste is an Estonian surname derived from "raie" meaning meaning "cutting", "hewing" and "(tree) lumbering".
RAITER German
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 Estonian
Raja is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary" or "border".
RAJABIAN Indian, Hindi
Derived from Hindi राजबियन (raajabiyan), possibly from Arabic رجب (rajab) meaning "respect".
RAJAH Indian, Gujarati, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of RAJA.
RAJALA Estonian
Rajala is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary area/field".
RAJALAANE Estonian
Rajalaane is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" ("boundary", "border") and "lääne" ("occidental", "western"): "western border/boundary".
RAJAN Indian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title RAJA or RAJ denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
RAJANI Indian, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
Meaning unknown, either from the titles RAJAN, RAJA, or RAJ, or from the given name RAJANI.
RAJANIEMI Finnish
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.
RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA Malagasy
Hery Rajaonarimampianina was the 6th president of Madagascar
RAJAPAKSE Sinhalese
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 Estonian
Rajasaar is an Estonian surname meaning "border island" or "storm island".
RAJASALU Estonian
Rajasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "border grove".
RAJASTE Estonian
Rajaste is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" meaning "border".
RAJAVEE Estonian
Rajavee is an Estonian surname meaning "border water" or "storm water".
RAJKOOMAR Mauritian Creole, South African
Variant of Rajkumar used by Mauritian and South African Indians.
RAJKOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of RAJKO".
RAJKOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Rajki in Białystok voivodeship or Rajkowy in Gdańsk voivodeship.
RAJNEESH Indian, Hindi
From the given name RAJNISH. Can also be taken directly from the title रजनीश (rajanish) meaning "lord of the night".
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.
RAJU Indian, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi
Means "king" from Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign, chief".
RAJU Estonian
Raju is an Estonian surname meaning "storm".
RAK Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, 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]
RAKITIĆ Croatian (Rare), Serbian (Rare)
Famous bearer of this surname is Croatian footballer Ivan Rakitić.
RAKOVICH Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of RAJKOVIĆ
RALEIGH English
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
RALLISON English
Rallison came from the Norman given name Radulphus.
RALLS English (Anglicized, Rare)
From old English or Saxon. Originally Rallf ( Raulf) which meant Wolf Council
RALPH English
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]
RAMACHANDRAN Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of RAMA and CHANDRA.
RAMADAN Arabic, Urdu, Persian
From the given name RAMADAN.
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)).
RAMAGI Ancient Roman
In Caesar's Gallic Wars, the Ramagi built catapults and other mechanical weapons.... [more]
RAMAKRISHNAN Indian, Tamil
From the given name RAMAKRISHNA. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist VENKATRAMAN Ramakrishnan (1952-).
RAMAMURTHY Indian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see RAMA) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti) meaning "idol, icon".
RAMAZASHVILI Georgian
Means "son of RAMAZ".
RAMAZONOV Uzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik variant of RAMAZANOV.
RAMBEAU French (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".
RAMBERT English
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.
RAMDANI Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from RAMADAN, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
RAMEKA-WAAPU Maori
A maori Mythological creature
RAMEZANI Persian
From the given name RAMEZAN.
RAMIREZ Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of RAMÍREZ primarily used in America and the Philippines.
RAMM Estonian
Ramm is an Estonian surname meaning both "beetle" and "(to) ram".
RAMMO Estonian
Rammo is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rammus", meaning "fat" and "fertile"; or from "ramm", meaning both "beetle" and "strength".
RAMMUS Estonian
Rammus is an Estonian surname meaning "fat", "nourishing" and "fertile".
RAMNARINE Indian, Trinidadian Creole
From Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant" combined with a form of the given name NARAYANA.
RAMONE Spanish (Anglicized), Portuguese (Anglicized), Catalan (Anglicized)
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan Ramón, from the personal name RAMÓN or RAMON, of Germanic origin (see RAYMOND).
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.
RAMPERSAD Indian, Trinidadian Creole, Mauritian Creole
From Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" combined with प्रसाद (prasāda) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity". It is primarily used by the Indian community in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Mauritius.
RAMPERSAUD Indian, South American
Indo-Guyanese variant of RAMPERSAD.
RAMSBOTTOM English (British)
Denoted 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 named Ramsbottom, located in Greater Manchester, England.
RAMSEYER Swiss
Note: the 'Ramseyer Song' in Switzerland
RANA Indian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
RANA Indian (Sikh), Indian (Parsi), Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi
From the Sanskrit title राणा (rana) meaning "king".
RANASINGHE Sinhalese
From Sanskrit रण (raṇa) meaning “delight, pleasure, joy” and सिंह (siṃhá) “lion”.
RANCOURT French (Quebec)
Habitational name from places in France named Rancourt.
RAND Estonian
Rand is an Estonian surname meaning "beach".
RANDALU Estonian
Randalu is an Estonian surname derived from "rand" ("beach") and "salu" ("sandy heath" or "heathy woodland").
RANDAZZO Italian
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... [more]
RANDHAWA Pakistani, Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Sikh and Jat tribe in Punjab.
RANDLA Estonian
Randla is an Estonian surname meaning "coastal area".
RANDLE English
English: variant spelling of RANDALL or Americanized spelling of RANDEL.
RANDLEMAN German
Diminutive of the personal name RAND, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield or wolf.
RANDMAA Estonian
Randmaa is an Estonian name meaning "beach land".
RANDMETS Estonian
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.
RANDPALU Estonian
Randpalu is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/seashore sandy heath".
RANDPERE Estonian
Randpere is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/seashore folk".
RANDPÕLD Estonian
Randpõld is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/shore field".
RANDSALU Estonian
Randsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "beach grove".
RÄNDUR Estonian
Rändur is an Estonian surname meaning "itinerant" and "migrant".
RANDVEE Estonian
Randvee is an Estonian surname meaning "beach water".
RANDVIIR Estonian
Randviir is an Estonian surname meaning "beach line/bar".
RANG German
Variant of RANGE.... [more]
RANGARIRAI Shona
Rangarirai means "Remember, think over, consider".
RANGE German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
RANGEL German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of RENGEL. This name is also found in Portugal.
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]
RÄNI Estonian
Räni is an Estonian surname meaning "flint" and "fire stone".
RANJ Indian
From the given name 'Ranj'
RÄNK Estonian
Ränk is an Estonian surname meaning "heavy", "burdensome" and "wicked".
RANKIN Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of RONALD or RAND.
RANNAÄÄRE Estonian
Rannaääre is an Estonian surname meaning "(sea)shore margin/periphery".
RANNAMÄE Estonian
Rannamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "inshore hill/mountain".
RANNASTE Estonian
Rannaste is an Estonian surname derived from "rand" and meaning "beach" or "shore".
RANNELLS English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rannulf, Ranel, of continental Germanic origin.
RANNIK Estonian
Rannik is an Estonian surname meaning "coast".
RANNIKMÄE Estonian
Rannikmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/coastal hill/mountain".
RANT Estonian
Rant is an Estonian surname meaning "arris" and "flange".
RANTANEN Finnish
A combination of Finnish ranta "beach, shore" and the common surname suffix -nen.
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