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RANGE German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range
‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
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 is an Estonian surname meaning "flint" and "fire stone".
Ränk is an Estonian surname meaning "heavy", "burdensome" and "wicked".
Rannaääre is an Estonian surname meaning "(sea)shore margin/periphery".
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
, of continental Germanic origin.
Rannikmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "beach/coastal hill/mountain".
Rant is an Estonian surname meaning "arris" and "flange".
A combination of Finnish ranta
"beach, shore" and the common surname suffix -nen
From Chinese 饒 (ráo)
referring to the ancient region of Rao, which existed during the state of Zhao in what is now Shaanxi province.
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.
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements rad
"counsel", "advice" + bald
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]
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)".
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.
Rästas is an Estonian surname meaning "ouzel (bird)" and "thrush (bird)".
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.
Rasva is an Estonian surname meaning "tallow", "fat" and "grease".
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".
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath
, meaning "short, and bon
RATHER German, 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.
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.
Derived from Sanskrit रत्न (rátna)
meaning "jewel, gem, treasure" combined with नायक (nāyak)
meaning "leader, hero".
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch
"hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH
RÄUBER German, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære
‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub
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).
Raudsepp is an Estonian name meaning "blacksmith" (the combination of "raud", meaning "iron" and "sepp", meaning "smith").
Raun is an Estonian surname derived from "raunjalg" meaning "bird's nest fern" (Asplenium).
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".
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.
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
RAVENSCAR English (British)
From a coastal village with the same name, located in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England.
Means "horseradish" in French, denoting someone who selled them.
From Hebrew רָבִיב (raviv)
meaning "droplet, rain, drizzle".
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.
Probably a portmanteau of the Nepali words meaning 'Royal Fishmongers'. A member of the Rajput-Chhetri subcaste of Nepali family names.
From a Germanic personal name with the elements ric-
meaning "powerful" and -frid
RAYMOND English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund
, composed of the Germanic elements ragin
"advice, counsel" and mund
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Habitational name from Redwick in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with hrēod
"reeds" and wīc
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Reddish,' a village near Stockport, Cheshire.
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd
, meaning "reedy ford".
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
North German: from the Frisian personal name, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + mari, meri ‘fame’.
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.
Name possibly derived from the colour of the bark of trees or the name of the town Reedworth between Durham and Devon
Derived from Redžeb
, meaning "Rajab", the seventh month of the Islamic calendar.
Ree is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rehi" meaning "barn".
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 is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "kreek", meaning "damson".
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie
, literally "little RICHARD
Reemets is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "rehi" meaning "barn" and "mets" meaning "forest".
Reepalu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "ere" ("bright" or "vivd") and "palu" ("sandy heath" and "heathy woodland".)
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese
in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
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.
Occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a wheelmaker or wheelwright.
Rehi is an Estonian surname meaning "threshing barn".
Rei is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "reis", meaning "travel" and "journey" and "reid" meaning "road".
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
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element rīhhi
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".
Habitational name from places named Reichstein (in Saxony) or Reichenstein (in Rhineland, Schleswig-Holstein, and Württemberg).
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."
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name formed with a first element from ragin 'advice', 'counsel' or ric 'power(ful)', 'rich'.
From a Germanic personal name, a reduced form of Reinmar, composed of the elements ragin
"counsel" + mari
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").
Reinaus is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Rein" and "aus" meaning "honest".
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin
"counsel" + bald
Comes from a personal name Raginhard, composed of the elements ragin, meaning counsel, with hard, hardy, brave, strong.
Reinik is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Rein".
Reinking is a German-derived surname meaning "one who is neat and tidy"
Reinmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "Rein's land". From the masculine give name "Rein" and "maa" ("land").
Reino is an Estonian surname, a variant of the masculine given name "Rein".
Reinsalu is an Estonian surname derived from "Rein" (a masculine given name) and "salu", meaning grove; "Rein's grove".
Reintalu is an Estonian surname derived from "Rein" (a masculine given name) and "talu", meaning "farm"; "Rein's farm".
Reintamm is an Estonian surname meaning "Rein's (masculine given name) oak".
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]
Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname for a traveler, from an agent derivative of German reisen
‘to travel’ (see REISE
). Also a variant of REIS
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.
Patronymic from a pet form of one of the Germanic compound names formed with ragin
"counsel" as the first element.
Reitalu is an Estonian surname derived from "reid" meaning "road" and "talu" meaning "farm/farmstead".
Reiväli is an Estonian surname meaning "road/roadstead field".
The name of people from the small town Rekdal in West-Norway. Former footballer Kjetil Rekdal (1968- ) is the most known person from there.
From the Old French male personal name Riulf
, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "power-wolf" (cf. RICULF
Famous bearer: Actress and Scientology critic Leah Remini.
Remmelgas is an Estonian surname; a colloquial name meaning "willow".
Combination of Swedish ren
"reindeer" and berg
"mountain". The first element might also be derived from a place name.
A habitational name for someone from Rendel near Frankfurt (Hesse).
Derived from Irish Gaelic, meaning "sharp- or star-pointed."
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".
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