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Derived from German rabe
"raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
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 "twig" and "leafless branchlet".
Räägel is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "raag" meaning "leafless" and "bare".
Raagmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "twig/leafless land".
Rääk is an Estonian surname meaning "Corn crake (Crex crex)".
Raam is an Estonian surname meaning "frame" or "carriage".
Raaper is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "raapiik", meaning "yardarm" (the outer extremity of a ship's yard).
Rääsk is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rääs" meaning "whale-oil".
Rääst is an Estonian surname meaning "baldachin" (a canopy of typically placed over an altar or throne).
''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.
Raba is an Estonian surname meaning "bog" or "raised bog".
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
Polish Jewish name meaning son of rabbi from the root rabi
meaning "rabbi" combined with the Polish patronymic suffix -owicz
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.
Means "person from Rackham", Sussex ("homestead or enclosure with ricks"). This surname was borne by British watercolourist and book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
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".
RADIAB Filipino, Maranao
, 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
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
This indicates familial origin within the Bohemian town of the same name.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Radolin.
Altered spelling of Ravensburger
, 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.
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.
Raftu is a surname who was first use in Greece but now is only use in Romania, the name means ,,Bookshelf" in Romanian
Rägapart is an Estonian surname meaning "garganey" ("Spatula querquedula": a species of dabbling duck).
Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca
"gully", "narrow pass" + dæl
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh
Rähn is an Estonian surname meaning "woodpecker".
RAHN Low German
From the slavic tribe of the Rani on the island of Rügen.
Rahu is an Estonian surname meaning both "peace" and "reef".
Rahumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "peaceful" or "quiet" ("rahu") "land" ("maa")".
RAIA Italian, Sicilian
Either a topographic name from Sicilian raia
‘smilax’ (a climbing shrub), or else derived from Sicilian raja
meaning ‘ray’, or ‘skate’ (the fish), presumably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish or a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller.
Derived from Arabic رياح (rayah
) meaning ‘flag’.
Raid is an Estonian surname derived from "raidur"; meaning "hewer".
Raidla is an Estonian surname meaning "sculptural/hewed area".
Raidväli is an Estonian surname meaning "hewed/sculpted field".
Raie is an Estonian surname meaning "cutting", "hewing" and "(tree) lumbering".
Raig is an Estonian surname meaning "slough" (a swamplike area)".
Raik is an Estonian surname derived from "raikaerik" meaning "oat grass"
Räim is an Estonian surname meaning "Baltic herring".
From the Old French male personal name Rainbaut
, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "counsel-brave" (cf. RAGINBALD
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
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’.
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.
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]
Raiste is an Estonian surname derived from "raie" meaning meaning "cutting", "hewing" and "(tree) lumbering".
Occupational name for a taxman or accountant, from an agent derivative of Middle High German reiten ‘to reckon’, ‘to calculate’.
Raja is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary" or "border".
RAJABIAN Indian, Hindi
Derived from Hindi राजबियन (raajabiyan
), possibly from Arabic رجب (rajab
) meaning "respect".
From Sanskrit राज (raja)
meaning "king" and करुणा (karuna)
meaning "compassion, kindness, mercy".
RAJAL Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam
Variant of RAJA
Rajala is an Estonian surname meaning "boundary area/field".
Rajalaane is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" ("boundary", "border") and "lääne" ("occidental", "western"): "western border/boundary".
RAJANI Indian, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
Meaning unknown, either from the titles RAJAN
, or RAJ
, or from the given name RAJANI
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.
Rajasaar is an Estonian surname meaning "border island" or "storm island".
Rajaste is an Estonian surname derived from "raja" meaning "border".
Rajavee is an Estonian surname meaning "border water" or "storm water".
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".
RAJUL Indian, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Odia
Variant of RAJU
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]
From a nickname derived from Russian рахманный (rakhmannyy)
meaning "lazy". A notable bearer was Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rakhmaninov (1873-1943).
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
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
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)).
RAMAMURTHY Indian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma)
meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama
) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti)
meaning "idol, icon".
RAMAZANOVA Azerbaijani, Lezgin, Lak, Dargin, Kumyk, Dagestani, Bashkir, Tatar, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Chechen, Ossetian, Ingush, Circassian, Avar, Turkmen, Crimean Tatar, Russian
Feminine form of RAMAZANOV
From the Old French male personal name Rainbert
). It was borne by Dame Marie Rambert (original name Cyvia Rabbam, later Miriam Rambach; 1888-1982), a Polish-born British ballet dancer and choreographer.
Ramm is an Estonian surname meaning both "beetle" and "(to) ram".
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".
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.
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.
From Sankrit राणा (rana)
meaning "king" or रण (rana)
meaning "delight, pleasure, joy" and वीर (vira)
maning "hero, man, brave".
Randalu is an Estonian surname derived from "rand" ("beach") and "salu" ("sandy heath" or "heathy woodland").
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]
Diminutive of the personal name RAND
, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield or wolf.
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 is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/seashore sandy heath".