Submitted Surnames Starting with R

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RENSHAW English, Scottish
A habitational surname from any of the so-called or like-sounding places in the United Kingdom. These include Renishaw in Derbyshire, Ramshaw in Durham, the lost Renshaw in Cheshire and Radshaw in Yorkshire... [more]
RENTERÍA Spanish
Spanish Castilianized variant of Basque ERRENTERIA, habitational name from either of the two Basque towns called Errenteria in Gipuzkoa and Biscay provinces, Basque Country.
RENWICK Scottish (Rare)
A habitational name from a place in Cumbria, so called from the Old English byname Hræfn meaning "raven" + wic "outlying settlement".
REP Slovene, Croatian
Means "tail".
REPAC Serbian, Croatian
means little tail
REPASS German (Swiss)
An Americanization of the Swiss RIPPAS. The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
REPIN Russian
From repa, meaning "turnip".
REQUA German
Variant of Ricward, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + ward ‘guardian’.
REQUESENS Catalan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of La Jonquera.
REQUIÃO Portuguese
Derived from the name of a village in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, ultimately from the name of Rechila, a 5th-century Suevic king of Gallaecia.
REQUIROSO Filipino
Denoted a person from one of the various places of this name in Spain. Quirós, the place name, may derive from Galician queiroa meaning "heather".
RESCHKE German
Derived from the Middle High German word "rasch" meaning "quick," or "hot-headed". As such, it may have originated as a nickname for a quick or rash person.
RESEN German
Unknown source.
RESHEF Hebrew
From the given name RESHEPH.
RESTIVO Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from the dialectal word restivu meaning "uncommunicative, reserved".
RESTON English
Location name from northern England meaning "brush wood settlement" or place where brush wood, also known as rispe, grew.
RESTORICK Cornish
Means "person from Restowrack", farm in Cornwall ("watery hill-spur").
RESURRECCIÓN Spanish
A nickname for someone who had resurrected from the dead.
RETA Spanish
Castilianized variant of Basque Erreta, a habitational name from a town called Erreta in Navarre, Basque Country
REUS Dutch, German, Catalan
Dutch: nickname for a big man, from Middle Dutch reuse(n) 'giant'. German: topographic name from Middle High German riuse 'fish trap' (Middle Low German ruse) or from a regional term reuse 'small stream', 'channel'... [more]
REUSSER Swiss, German, Upper German
In Switzerland, an occupational name for a fisherman or maker of fish traps, from an agent derivative of Middle High German riuse ‘fish trap’, ‘weir basket’. A nickname from an agent noun based on Middle High German riusen ‘to moan or complain’... [more]
REVAZISHVILI Georgian
Means "son of REVAZ".
REVELL English
From a medieval nickname for someone who is full of noisy enthusiasm and energy (from Middle English revel "festivity, tumult").
REVELS American
from the surname Revel, a variant of REVELL, a Middle English and Old French name referring to festivity
REVERE English, French, Judeo-Italian
French: variant of Rivière, Rivoire, or Rivier, topographic name for someone living on the banks of a river, French rivier ‘bank’, or habitational name from any of the many places in France named with this word.... [more]
REX English, German (Latinized)
English: variant of RICKS. ... [more]
REXFORD American
American form of German 'Rexforth' thought to mean "kings crossing".
REXHEPI Albanian, Kosovar
From the given name REXHEP.
REY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
Either a variant of MCRAE, or else directly derived from Irish , Scottish Rìgh, or Welsh ri, rhi, or rhiau, all meaning "king"... [more]
REYNA Spanish
This could possibly be transferred use of the first name Reyna, which is a variant of Reina, and means "queen". This was ranked #987 for the most popular last names in the United states in 2010.
REYNALS Spanish (Rare)
Variant from Spanish word Rey "king". Most likely referred to the royalty. Variant of REYNOLDS.
REYNOLD English
From the given name REYNOLD
REYNOLDSON English
Means "son of REYNOLD".
REYTBLAT Yiddish
Means "red leaf" in Yiddish. This is somewhat rare, chiefly used by Jews from Russia and Ukraine.
REZAEI Persian
From the given name REZA.
REZAI Persian
Variant transcription of REZAEI.
REZGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
REZNIKOV Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Jewish occupational name for a ritual slaughterer, derived from Yiddish reznik (of Slavic origin).
REZNOR German
May be a variant of the German surname REISNER, a habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river.
REZNOV Russian
Name given to the son of a butcher.
RHEIN German
From the German name for the River Rhine, denoting somebody whom lived within close proximity to the river. The river name itself comes from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'run, flow').
RHETT English, Dutch
Anglicized form of Dutch de Raedt, derived from raet "advice, counsel".
RHINE German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see RHEIN). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RHODE American
Comes from the state 'Rhode Island' in America
RHOTON German, French
Rhoton is a German and French surname from the 1800s. Some people believe that it is derived from the French word for red, but the origin is overall unknown. The name represents strength and power.
RI Korean
Alternate romanization of LEE (2) chiefly used in North Korea.
RI Japanese
Japanese form of LI (1), from Japanese 李 (ri) meaning "plum, prune".
RIAHI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِيَاح (riyāḥ) meaning "winds, breezes", the plural of رِيح (rīḥ) meaning "wind".
RIAL English
Variant of ROYLE.
RIAN Irish (Anglicized, Rare, ?)
An alternate spelling and pronunciation of Ó RIAIN, due to French influences after the progenitors of the family moved to France from Ireland.
RIAREUJA Ligurian
Alternative spelling of RIVAREUA.
RIBADAVIA Galician
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
RIBA DE NEIRA Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Baralla, Comarca of Os Ancares.
RIBAR Croatian
Derived from ribar, meaning "fisherman".
RIBBECK German (East Prussian)
Possibly translates roughly to fish in some dialects.
RIBCHESTER English
This name originates from the small village in Lancashire that shares the same name. Interestingly, most people with the name 'Ribchester' are in Lancashire, but a lot are also found in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
RIBERA Catalan, Spanish
Habitational name from any of various locations in Spain named Ribera, derived from Catalan and Spanish ribera meaning "bank, shore".
RICARDEZ Spanish
Means "Son of RICARDO". Spanish form of RICHARDSON.
RICARDSSON Swedish
Means "Son of Ricard".
RICCIARDI Italian
Patronymic from Ricciardo, a variant of the personal name RICCARDO.
RICHARDSSON Swedish
Means "son of RIKARD".
RICHE English, French
English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RICHERS English, German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Richier, but was largely absorbed by the much more common RICHARD... [more]
RICHIE English (Rare), Italian
Diminutive form of RICHARD. It could also have been a nickname for one who was rich or wealthy, or, in Italy, a variant of RICCI... [more]
RICHMOND English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named, in northern France as well as in England. These are named with the Old French elements riche "rich, splendid" and mont "hill"... [more]
RICKARDSSON Swedish
Means 'Son of RICKARD'. A notable bearer of the surname is the Swedish cross country skier, Daniel Rickardsson.
RICKELS German
Patronymic form of Rickel or possibly Richel. May have been derived from any of a number of Old German personal names including Richild (or the feminine form Richeldis) or Richold.
RICKEN German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names composed with rīc "power(ful)".
RICKMAN English
Means "son of RICK". A famous bearer was American Alan Rickman (1946-2016).
RIDALA Estonian
Ridala is an Estonia surname meaning "set, line, or range" "area".
RIDALAAN Estonian
Ridalaan is an Estonian surname derived from "rida" meaning "range" and "lään" meaning "fief".
RIDAMÄE Estonian
Ridamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "range hill".
RIDDELL Scottish, English
From a Norman personal name, RIDEL. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel ‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride ‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rīd ‘ride’.
RIDDICK Scottish
A different form of REDDICK ("person from Rerwick or Rerrick", Dumfries and Galloway (perhaps "robbers' outlying settlement")). A fictional bearer of the surname is Richard B. Riddick, (anti)hero of the 'Chronicles of Riddick' movies.
RIDEOUT English
Means "outrider (a municipal or monastic official in the Middle Ages whose job was to ride around the country collecting dues and supervising manors)".
RIDGEWAY English
Comes from Middle English 'riggewey', hence a topographic name for someone who lived by such a route or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, and Staffordshire.
RIDGWAY English
Variant spelling of RIDGEWAY.
RIDINGER German
A habitational name for someone from a place named Riding or Rieding. It is also possibly an altered spelling of Reitinger, a topographic name from Reit(e), which means ‘clearing’ (Old High German riuti).
RIDOUT English
A variant of the other surname RIDEOUT.
RIECHERS German
German patronymic from RICHARD.
RIECK German
South German: from a pet form of the personal name Ru(o)diger, a compound of Old High German hrod ‘renown’ + ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ (see Roger). ... [more]
RIEDEMAN German (Germanized, Rare)
Riedeman is a german name and has no direct translation. There is not much you can find about this name anywhere. However, Bernard Rieademann (an older spelling of the name) fought for the north in the civil war... [more]
RIEGEL German
From Middle High German rigel "bar, crossbeam, mountain incline", hence a topographic name or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word in Baden, Brandenburg, and Silesia; in some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbars, locks, etc.
RIEHL German (Austrian), German
Either from the given name Rühle or a from the location of Rühle or Riehl.
RIEK German
German: variant spelling of RIECK.
RIEL French
French variant of RIEHL. Most notable bearer is Canadian Métis political leader Louis Riel, best known for his Red River Rebellion.
RIESEN German
It is a name for a wood carver.
RIESENBERG German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a big mountain, from Middle High German rise meaning "giant" and berg meaning "mountain".
RIESENBERG German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a big mountain, from Middle High German rise meaning "giant" and berg meaning "mountain".
RIESENBURG German
Variant spelling of RIESENBERG.
RIESER Swiss, German
Alemannic form of REISER. A habitational name for someone from Ries near Passau. Alemannic variant of Rüsser and Rüser, a variant of REUSSER... [more]
RIETH German
"reed" -- a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground.
RIETUMS Latvian
Derived from the word rietumi meaning "west".
RIFAI Arabic
Elevation of all, honor and Glory... [more]
RIFI Moroccan
Habitational name from the region of Rif.
RIFI Moroccan
Derived from the Rifian word for Rifian.
RIFKIN Jewish
Metronymic from the Yiddish female given name Rifke from the Hebrew given name RIVKA (see REBECCA), with the addition of the Slavic suffix -in.
RIFKIND Jewish
Variant of RIFKIN. The final element was changed due to the influence of the Yiddish noun kind "child" (German: "Kinder").
RIGHT English
Variant spelling of Wright.
RIIEL Estonian
Riiel is an Estonian surname meaning "cloth" or fabric".
RIIET Estonian
Riiet is an Estonian surname derived from "riietur" meaning "clothier".
RIIS Scandinavian
Nickname from ris 'twigs', 'scrub', or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark. Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís 'brushwood'.
RIIVIK Estonian
Riivik is an Estonian surname derived from "rivik", meaning "setting stick", "galley", and "assembler".
RIKARDSSON Swedish
Means ‘Son of Rikard’.
RIKIMARU Japanese
This surname is used as 力丸 with 力 (rii, riki, ryoku, chikara) meaning "bear up, exert, power, strain, strength, strong" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
RIN Japanese
From Japanese 林 (rin) meaning "forest".
RINATO Italian
means "reborn" in italian
RINBAYASHI Japanese (Rare)
It's written like this: 林林,literally "Hayashi Hayashi", Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
RIND German
Probably a metonymic occupational name for a cattle dealer or butcher, from Middle High German rint meaning "cow".
RINDT German
Variant of RIND.
RINGELBERG German
From the mountain on which sat Castle Ringel.
RINGER English
From the Norman name Reinger or Rainger derived from the Germanic elements ragin meaning "advice, counsel" and ger meaning "spear"... [more]
RINGGOLD German
Comes from Germanic ring "ring" or "assembly" and wald "rule"
RINNE Estonian
Rinne is an Estonian surname meaning "front" or "battlefront".
RIORDAN Irish
meaning, "royal bard"
RIPPAS German (Swiss)
The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
RIPPER English
Means "maker, seller or carrier of baskets" (from a derivative of Middle English rip "basket").
RĪS Sinhalese
Variant of REYES or REIS (see user-submitted name) used in Sri Lanka.
RIS French (Huguenot)
Surname of unknown meaning.
RIST Estonian
Rist is an Estonian surname meaning "cross".
RISTESKI Macedonian
Son of Riste
RISTEVSKI Macedonian
Means "son of RISTO".
RISTIKIVI Estonian
Ristikivi is an Estonian surname meaning "abeam" or "athwart stone".
RISTOJA Estonian
Ristoja is an Estonian surname meaning "across (abeam) creek".
RISTSOO Estonian
Ristsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "across (perpendicular/transverse) swamp".
RITA Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name RITA, a reduced form of MARGHARITAMARGARET’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
RITCH English, German, German (Swiss)
1. English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RITCHARD English
Variant spelling of RICHARD that was altered by the diminutive RITCHIE. Or possibly from a surname derived from RICHARD... [more]
RITCHINGS French, German, English
This surname has at least three distinct separate origins. ... [more]
RITSCHEL German, History
Derived from Old High German hruod "fame". This was the maiden name of Magda Goebbels who was the wife of Paul Joseph Goebbels. Her husband was Nazi Germany's propaganda minister between the years 1933 and 1945... [more]
RITTENHOUSE German
Means "Knight House."
RITTMAN German, English
From Middle High German "riet" and "mann", riet meaning reed.
RITZ German
From a short form of the personal name Rizo, itself derived in part from RICHARD and in part from Heinrich (see HENRY).
RIVAREUA Ligurian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous frazione of the commune of Carasco.
RIVAS Spanish
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places named Rivas or Ribas.
RIVES French, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name RIVE a back-formation from RIVKE (see Rifkin).... [more]
RIVET French, English
French: from a diminutive of Old French rive ‘(river) bank’, ‘shore’ (see RIVES).... [more]
RIVETT English, French
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a metalworker, from Middle English, Old French rivet ‘small nail or bolt’ (from Old French river ‘to fix or secure’, of unknown origin).... [more]
RIVIERE French, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
Possibly from the French word meaning "river"
RIX German
given to a person who resided near a hill, stream, church, or tree
RIZAL Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano
From Spanish ricial meaning "green field" or "rice field". A notable bearer was José Rizal (1861-1896), a Filipino nationalist and national hero.
RIZVANOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of RIZVAN".
RIZZA Italian
Variant of RIZZO.
RIZZOTTI Italian
Variant of 'Rizzo', which means 'curly haired'
RKHI Korean (Russified)
Russified form of RHEE used by ethnic Koreans living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
RO English
Possibly a variant of ROWE.
ROA Spanish
Habitational name from the town of Roa (de Duero) in Burgos province, Spain.
ROANE Irish
Variant spelling of ROWAN or possibly a variant of RUANE.
ROASCIO Italian (Rare)
Derived from Roascio, the name of a municipality in the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roass in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
ROASIO Italian
This surname originates from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is most likely derived from Roasio, which is the name of a municipality in that same region. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roaso in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
ROB Slovene
It probrably originates from the surname Robb, but we don't know for sure.
ROBBEN French, Dutch
It is a French surname that was originally derived from the Germanic name ROBERT, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.
ROBBS English
This possibly means "Son of Rob(ert)".
ROBER German
Variant of Röber (see ROEBER).
ROBERTIN French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robertin, which was a diminutive of the given name ROBERT.
RÓBERTSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of RÓBERT" in Icelandic.
ROBERTSSEN English
English variant of ROBERTSSON.
ROBESON English
This is possibly a variant of ROBSON.
ROBEY English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name ROBERT.
ROBICHAUX French
An altered spelling of ROBICHON or Roubichou, pet forms of ROBERT.
ROBICHEAU French (Acadian)
Patronymic name derives from Robert or Robin. Origin, Poitou province of France. Emigrated to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Canada.
ROBINET French
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name ROBIN.... [more]
ROBINS English
Southern English patronymic from the personal name ROBIN.
ROBINSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ROBIN".
ROBINSSON Swedish
Means "son of Robin".
ROBITAILLE French
Of uncertain meaning.
ROBLÈS French
French form of ROBLES.
ROBOTNIK Slovak
The masculine form of "labourer" or "worker". Most famously used for Dr. Ivo Robotnik, the antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
ROBY English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name ROBERT.
ROCA Catalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named, from Catalan roca "rock". This name is also Occitan.
ROCHALLY Hungarian
from hungarian de Rozsalyi
ROCHALLYI Hungarian
Probably from Italian Roccalli.
ROCHER French
From French roche, meaning "rock'. It indicates a person who worked at a quarry.
ROCHESTER English
Means "person from Rochester", Kent (probably "Roman town or fort called Rovi"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mr Rochester, the Byronic hero of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
ROCHMAN Jewish
Metronymic from the Yiddish given name RUCHEL + suffix man "man".
ROCK English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a notable crag or outcrop, from Middle English rokke "rock" (see ROACH), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Rock in Northumberland.
ROCKEFELLER German
Means "from Rockenfeld." Some famous bearers include founder of the Standard Oil Company and philanthropist John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), and 41st Vice President of the U.S.A. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979).
ROCKETT French
From the French "la roche," or "of the rock." Some family histories trace this back to French Hugenots (sp) who immigrated to England in the 1500's from the Normandy region of France.
ROCKFORD English
An altered spelling of English Rochford; alternatively it may be an Americanized form of French Rochefort or Italian Roccaforte.
ROCKHOLD Anglo-Saxon
Came from when the family lived in the village of Rock found in the various locations that existed in Worcestershire, Devon and also in Northumberland.The surname also has topographic origins in that it describes the area where the original bearers lived.
ROCKMAN German
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Rockau in Thuringia.
ROCKMAN German, Jewish
Possibly an altered spelling of ROCHMAN.
ROCKMANN German
From German Rock (skirt) + mann (man)
ROCKWELL English
Means "person from Rockwell", Buckinghamshire and Somerset (respectively "wood frequented by rooks" and "well frequented by rooks"). Famous bearers include American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) and Utah pioneer Porter Rockwell (1813-1878).
ROĐAK Croatian
Derived from rođak, meaning "family relative".
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