Submitted Surnames Starting with R

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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.
RANKOVIĆ Serbian
Patronymic, meaning "son of RANKO".
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.
RANTAVUORI Finnish (Rare)
Means Mountain By The Beach/Bay
RAO Chinese
From Chinese 饒 (ráo) referring to the ancient region of Rao, which existed during the state of Zhao in what is now Shaanxi province.
RAPACE Swedish (Modern, Rare)
From French and Italian rapace meaning "predatory, bird of prey, raptor". A notable bearer is Swedish actress NOOMI Rapace.
RAPHAN German
Unknown
RAPPA Italian, Sicilian
from Sicilian rappa meaning ‘bunch, cluster’ or Italian rappa meaning ‘lock, quiff’, which was presumably applied as a nickname with reference to someone’s hair.
RAPPOLD German
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements rad "counsel", "advice" + bald "bold", "brave".
RAPSON English
Means "son of RAB" or "son of Rap". Both Rab and Rap are diminutives of ROBERT.
RASBAND American (Americanized, Rare)
This name is not a very common family name found in the United States. The first Rasband (Thomas) coming to the U.S. arrived in New Orleans on the ship North Atlantic on 1 November 1850 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah on 13 August 1856... [more]
RASBERRY English
Possibly a habitational name from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
RASHEED Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name RASHID.
RASHID Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
From the given name RASHID.
RASHIDI Persian, Arabic
From the given name RASHID.
RASHIDOV Uzbek, Kazakh
Means "son of RASHID".
RASILA Finnish
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 Estonian
Rask is an Estonian surname meaning "puttee (a cloth or leather legging)".
RASKOLNIKOV Literature
The surname of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It derives from the Russian word raskolnik, meaning "schismatic" or a member of the Old Believer sect.
RASMUSSON Swedish
Means 'Son of Rasmus'.
RASOOL Arabic, Urdu
From the given name RASUL.
RASPBERRY English
Variant spelling of RASBERRY.
RASPBERRY English
Variant of RASBERRY influenced by the name of the fruit but has no connection to it.
RASSAM Arabic
Means "artist, painter" in Arabic.
RASSI Italian
Comes from the Italian rosso, meaning "red".
RÄSTAS Estonian
Rästas is an Estonian surname meaning "ouzel (bird)" and "thrush (bird)".
RASTODER Bosnian
Possibly derived from hrast, meaning "oak", and derati, meaning "tearing, to tear".
RASTOGI Indian, Hindi
Possibly derived from Rohtas, the name of a district in Bihar, India, itself from the name of a Hindu deity.
RASUL Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
From the given name RASUL.
RASULEV Bashkir, Uzbek, Tatar
Means "son of RASUL".
RƏSULOV Azerbaijani
Means "son of RƏSUL".
RASVA Estonian
Rasva is an Estonian surname meaning "tallow", "fat" and "grease".
RASVAK Latvian
A officer in the Latvian Waffen SS
RATAS Estonian
Ratas is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel".
RATASSEPP Estonian
Ratassepp is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel smith".
RATCLIFF English
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".
RATHBONE English
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath, meaning "short, and bon, "legs".
RATHER German, Jewish
1. Occupational name for a counsellor or nickname for a wise person, from Middle High German rater ‘adviser’. ... [more]
RATHGEBER German
From Middle High German ratgebe or Middle Low German ratgever "giver of advice, counselor", an occupational name for an adviser or wise man.
RATHNAYAKE Sinhalese
Variant transcription of RATNAYAKE.
RÁÐÚLFSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of RÁÐÚLFR" in Icelandic.
RÁÐÚLFSSON Icelandic
Means "son of RÁÐÚLFR" in Icelandic.
RATIGAN Irish (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.
RATNAYAKE Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (rátna) meaning "jewel, gem, treasure" combined with नायक (nāyak) meaning "leader, hero".
RÄTSEP Estonian
Rätsep means ''tailor'' in Estonian.
RATTANA Khmer, Thai
Derived from Thai รัตน์ (rạtn) meaning "gem jewel"
RÄTTE Estonian
Rätte is an Estonian surname meaning "shawl".
RATZON Hebrew (Modern)
Means "will, wish, desire" in Hebrew.
RAU German
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch, ruhe, rouch "hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
RAU English
From a medieval personal name, a variant of RALPH.
RAU Italian
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH.
RAU Indian
Variant of RAO.
RÄUBER German, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære ‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub, roup ‘booty’, ‘spoils’).
RAUCH German
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 Estonian
Raud is an Estonian surname meaning "iron".
RAUDKELL Estonian
Raudkell is an Estonian surname meaning "iron clock".
RAUDSEPP Estonian
Raudsepp is an Estonian name meaning "blacksmith" (the combination of "raud", meaning "iron" and "sepp", meaning "smith").
RAUHANEN Finnish
Finnish rauha "peace" combined with the common surname suffix -nen. ... [more]
RAUN Estonian
Raun is an Estonian surname derived from "raunjalg" meaning "bird's nest fern" (Asplenium).
RAUSCH German
Nickname for a noisy person, derived from ruschen, meaning "to make a noise" in Middle High German. ... [more]
RAUSING Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Raus, the name of a parish in southern Sweden, and the common surname suffix -ing "belonging to, coming from".
RAUTIAINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish rautio "smith".
RAVAL Gujarati
"Bramhin King"
RAVEL French, French (African)
Derived from either a place called Ravel in the district of Drome or Provence, or from the word 'rave' meaning a root vegetable, and hence a grower or seller of such items.
RAVELINO Ancient 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).
RAVELLINO Celtic
It means weaver or taylor. In the Gaelic languaje is wehydd or gwehydd.
RAVENEL English, 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]
RAVENHILL English
From Rauenilde or Ravenild, medieval English forms of the Old Norse given name HRAFNHILDR.
RAVENSCAR English (British)
From a coastal village with the same name, located in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England.
RAVENSWOOD English (American)
Ravenswood is a gothic surname.
RAVI Indian
From the given name RAVI
RAVID Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name RAVID, means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
RAVIER Occitan
Means "horseradish" in French, denoting someone who selled them.
RAVIV Hebrew
From Hebrew רָבִיב (raviv) meaning "droplet, rain, drizzle".
RAVSHANOV Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of RAVSHAN".
RAWLINGS English
Patronymic formed from the given name ROUL.
RAWLS English
From the Olde German and Anglo-Saxon personal name ROLF. Originally derived from the Norse-Viking pre 7th Century 'Hrolfr' meaning "Fame-Wolf".
RAYA Galician, 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.
RAYAMAJHI Nepali
Probably a portmanteau of the Nepali words meaning 'Royal Fishmongers'. A member of the Rajput-Chhetri subcaste of Nepali family names.
RAYAN Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name RAYYAN.
RAYFORD American
From a Germanic personal name with the elements ric- meaning "powerful" and -frid meaning "peace".
RAYMOND English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "advice, counsel" and mund "protection".
RAYNER English
From the given name RAYNER
RAYNES English (American)
Patronymic version of many Germanic names with the first element starting with "ragin"
RAZ Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name RAZ, means "secret" in Hebrew.
RAZA Urdu, Bengali
From the given name RIDHA.
RAZBORNIK Slovene
Derived from razborit, meaning "prudent".
Sinhalese
Variant of REY (1) used in Sri Lanka.
READE English
English variant spelling of Read.
READING English
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.
RÉAL French
This can derive from several different sources: southern French réal "royal", a word which was applied to someone either as a nickname (presumably given to people perceived as being regal) or as an occupational name (given to a person in the service of the king); or the French place name Réal, in which case this is a habitational name taken from any of various places which were named for having been part of a royal domain (also compare Reau, Reaux).
REALE Italian
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.
REAMS Polish
The last name Reams comes from Normandy, France.
REASON English
A different form of RAISON.
REBASSOO Estonian
Rebassoo is an Estonian surname meaning "vulpine (fox) swamp".
RECCHIA Italian
Nickname from a reduced form of orecchia "ear".
RECCHIO Italian
Probably a shortened form of orecchio "ear".
RECHT German
Probably a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhineland.
RECHT German, Jewish
Nickname for an upright person, from Middle High German reht, German recht "straight". As a Jewish name it is mainly of ornamental origin.
RECK German
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.
RECKTENWALD German
habitational name from Recktenwald, near Saarbrücken.
RECTOR English
Status name for the director of an institution, in particular the head of a religious house or a college. Also an anglicized form of RICHTER.
RED English
Variant of READ (1).
REDDEN English
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.'
REDDICK Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wīc "outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr "red".
REDDICK English
Habitational name from Redwick in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with hrēod "reeds" and wīc "outlying settlement".
REDDING English, 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]
REDDISH English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Reddish,' a village near Stockport, Cheshire.
REDDY Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Odia
Derived from Telugu రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman".
REDFIELD Scottish
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd, meaning "reedy ford".
REDHAGE English
This surname originated in Germany
REDIG Dutch, Upper German
Dutch and North German variant of REDDING.
REDLARK Polish
From Sir. Henry, Was given directly to this family. The father was hung for being a homosexual, and the last name means Homosexual.
REDMAN English, Irish
Variant of RAYMOND. Also a nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English rudde "red" and man "man".
REDMER Frisian
North German: from the Frisian personal name, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + mari, meri ‘fame’.
REDMOND Irish
From the given name Redmond.
REDNER German
German: possibly a variant of REDMER, or an occupational name for a spokesman, Middle High German rednære.
REDPATH Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, probably so called from Old English read ‘red’ + pæð ‘path’. This name is also common in northeastern England.
REDVERS English (British)
Variant of REVERE originating in Devon.
REDWOOD English
Name possibly derived from the colour of the bark of trees or the name of the town Reedworth between Durham and Devon
REDŽEPAGIĆ Bosnian
Derived from Redžeb, meaning "Rajab", the seventh month of the Islamic calendar.
REE Estonian
Ree is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rehi" meaning "barn".
REEDER Medieval English
This surname was given to people in Medieval England who thatched houses using reed
REEDI Estonian
Reedi is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "reeder", meaning "ship owner".
REEDUS English, Scottish
An English and Scottish name of uncertain origin. Possibly a reduced form of English Redhouse, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Redhouse, including over ninety farms.
REEK Estonian
Reek is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "kreek", meaning "damson".
REEKIE Scottish
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie, literally "little RICHARD".
REEMETS Estonian
Reemets is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rehi" meaning "barn" and "mets" meaning "forest".
REEPALU Estonian
Reepalu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "ere" ("bright" or "vivd") and "palu" ("sandy heath" and "heathy woodland".)
REESE Low German, Dutch, German
Nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’.... [more]
REEVER German
Possibly an altered form of German Riefer, a patronymic from the personal name RÜEF, a reduced form of RUDOLF.
REFATOV Crimean Tatar
Means "son of RIFAT".
REGEV Hebrew
Means "clod of earth" in Hebrew.
REGINATTO Italian
nato means "born" in italian... [more]
REGO Portuguese
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
REGRAGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning; predominantly found in Morocco.
REGUEIRO Galician, Portuguese
The name originated in Ourense (Galicia) in the 14th Century. It´s literal meaning in Portuguese is river. It is a surname referring to a person who lived near a river or water source.
REHA Estonian
Reha is an Estonian surname meaning "rake".
REHDER 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.
REHEMAA Estonian
Rehemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "threshing land".
REHI Estonian
Rehi is an Estonian surname meaning "threshing barn".
REHMAN Urdu
From the given name REHMAN.
REI Estonian
Rei is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "reis", meaning "travel" and "journey" and "reid" meaning "road".
REIAL Estonian
Reial is an Estonian surname derived from "treial" meaning "lathe turner".
REICH German, Jewish
Nickname for a wealthy or powerful man, from Middle High German rīch "of noble descent, powerful, rich", German reich "rich".
REICH German
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element rīhhi "power, might".
REICHENBERG German, Jewish
Habitational name from various places named Reichenberg in several different areas of Germany. As an ornamental name, it is composed of German reich(en) meaning "rich" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
REICHER German, German (Austrian), Jewish
Derived from various placenames called Reich, Reichau, Reichen.
REICHSTEIN German
Habitational name from places named Reichstein (in Saxony) or Reichenstein (in Rhineland, Schleswig-Holstein, and Württemberg).
REIDHEAD English
The origins of the Reidhead surname are uncertain. In some instances, it was no doubt derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red," and was a nickname that came to be a surname. Either way, we may conclude that it meant "red-haired" or "ruddy complexioned."
REIMANN German
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name formed with a first element from ragin 'advice', 'counsel' or ric 'power(ful)', 'rich'.
REIMER German
From a Germanic personal name, a reduced form of Reinmar, composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + mari, meri "fame".
REIMERS German
North German variant of REIMER.
REIMETS Estonian
Reimets is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "raie" ("cutting" and "felling trees") and "mets", meaning forest. Possibly a corruption of "reid" ("road" and "roadstead") and ""mets" ("forest").
REIMSCHÜSSEL German
Meaning Unknown.
REINAUS Estonian
Reinaus is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Rein" and "aus" meaning "honest".
REINBOLD German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave."
REINHARDT German
Comes from a personal name Raginhard, composed of the elements ragin, meaning counsel, with hard, hardy, brave, strong.
REINHOLDT German
From the German given name Reinhold.
REINIK Estonian
Reinik is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Rein".
REINKING German
Reinking is a German-derived surname meaning "one who is neat and tidy"
REINMAA Estonian
Reinmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "Rein's land". From the masculine give name "Rein" and "maa" ("land").
REINO Estonian
Reino is an Estonian surname, a variant of the masculine given name "Rein".
REINSALU Estonian
Reinsalu is an Estonian surname derived from "Rein" (a masculine given name) and "salu", meaning grove; "Rein's grove".
REINTALU Estonian
Reintalu is an Estonian surname derived from "Rein" (a masculine given name) and "talu", meaning "farm"; "Rein's farm".
REINTAMM Estonian
Reintamm is an Estonian surname meaning "Rein's (masculine given name) oak".
REIS Portuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
REISE German, Jewish
German (Westphalia) topographic name, from Middle Low German ris, res ‘swamp’. ... [more]
REISER German, Upper German
Habitational name for someone from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria (see REIS). An occupational name from Middle High German reisære ‘warrior’, ‘traveler’... [more]
REISNER Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname for a traveler, from an agent derivative of German reisen ‘to travel’ (see REISE). Also a variant of REIS.
REISNER German
A habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river. A variant of REISER Also from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German rise ‘veil’; perhaps an occupational name for someone who made veils.
REISS German, Jewish, French (Huguenot)
German: variant of REIS or from any of several Germanic personal names composed with ric ‘power(ful)’. Also from the French Huguenot forename RIS, rendered as REIS and REISS.... [more]
REISSER Upper German
An occupational name for a woodcutter, Middle High German risser.
REISZ Dutch
Patronymic from a pet form of one of the Germanic compound names formed with ragin "counsel" as the first element.
REITALU Estonian
Reitalu is an Estonian surname derived from "reid" meaning "road" and "talu" meaning "farm/farmstead".
REITH Scottish (Anglicized), Irish
A Scottish surname of uncertain origin.... [more]
REIVÄLI Estonian
Reiväli is an Estonian surname meaning "road/roadstead field".
REKDAL Norwegian
The name of people from the small town Rekdal in West-Norway. Former footballer Kjetil Rekdal (1968- ) is the most known person from there.
RELPH English
From the Old French male personal name Riulf, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "power-wolf" (cf. RICULF).
REMENAR Croatian
Means ''saddler''.
REMIG Various
Derived form the given name Remigius.
REMINI Italian
Famous bearer: Actress and Scientology critic Leah Remini.
REMIS Greek, Dutch, German, Asturian
Greek from a medieval Greek personal name, Remis, a vernacular form of the personal name REMIGIUS (see French REMY)... [more]
REMMEL Estonian
Remmel is an Estonian surname meaning "willow".
REMMELGAS Estonian
Remmelgas is an Estonian surname; a colloquial name meaning "willow".
REMMELKOOR Estonian
Remmelkoor is an Estonian surname meaning "willow bark".
RENAUDIN French
From the given name RENAUD.
RENBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish ren "reindeer" and berg "mountain". The first element might also be derived from a place name.
RENDA Italian
Possibly a derivative of LORENZO.
RENDALL Scottish, English
Variant of RANDALl. Habitational name from Rendall in Orkney. Possibly also an Americanization of Swedish Rendahl.
RENDELMANN German
A habitational name for someone from Rendel near Frankfurt (Hesse).
RENEHAN Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic, meaning "sharp- or star-pointed."
RENFREW Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Rinn Friù, meaning "cradle of the Royal Stewards." It is derived from either the historical county of Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland, or the town of Renfrew within both the historical and present-day boundaries of the county.
RENGEL German (Swiss)
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name formed with rang "curved", "bending"; "slender".
RENGEL Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Rengel in Málaga province.
RENGEL Medieval Croatian
Used by several houses of Croatia few centuries ago, now, those of this name are but a shadows of once proud and prestigious house
RENLEY Jewish (Rare), English (Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old English rinc "man, warrior" or rim 'edge, circular edge' or possibly wraenna 'wren', and leah "field, clearing".
RENNA Italian
Variant of RENDA.
RENS Dutch
From a reduced form of the personal name LAURENS.
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