Submitted Surnames Starting with R

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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.
Rehn Swedish
Derived from Swedish ren "reindeer".
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".
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."
Reifinger German
1 German: perhaps a habitational name for someone from any of several places called Reiting in Bavaria and Austria, or from a Germanic personal name, a variant of Rediger .... [more]
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."
Reiner German
From the given name Reiner
Reinert German
North German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin ‘counsel’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’, for example Reinhard ( see Reinhardt ).
Reinhard German
From the given name Reinhard
Reinhardt German
Comes from a personal name Raginhard, composed of the elements ragin, meaning counsel, with hard, hardy, brave, strong.
Reinhold German
From the given name Reinhold.
Reinholdt German
From the German given name Reinhold.
Reinholt German
From the 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".
Reinoso Spanish
Meaning "place of fields".
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]
Reisenauer German
Probably denoted a person from a minor place called Reisenau, or a topographic name for someone living by an overgrown water meadow, derived from Middle High German ris meaning "undergrowth" and owe meaning "water meadow".
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.
Rekov Russian
From Russian река (reka) meaning "river".
Relacion Spanish (Philippines)
Derived from Spanish relación meaning "relation."
Relph English
From the Old French male personal name Riulf, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "power-wolf" (cf. Riculf).
Remedios Spanish (Philippines)
Means "remedies" in Spanish.
Remenar Croatian
Means ''saddler''.
Remig Various
Derived form the given name Remigius.
Remigio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Remigio
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".
Remtulla Indian, Arabic
Unknown meaning.
Renardo Italian
Italian variant of Reynold
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".
Renn English (British)
The surname Renn was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times, and were originally descended from Ralph de Raines who was granted lands by William, Duke of Albany in that shire... [more]
Renna Italian
Variant of Renda.
Rens Dutch
From a reduced form of the personal name Laurens.
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.
Reséndez Spanish
Means "son of Resendo"
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.
Resurreccion Spanish (Philippines)
Unaccented variant of Resurrección primarily used in the Philippines.
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".
Rexha Albanian
Meaning uncertain.
Rexhepi Albanian
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.
Rezazadeh Persian
From the given name Reza combined with Persian زاده (zadeh) meaning "offspring".
Rezgui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
Reznikov Russian, Jewish
Occupational name for a Jewish ritual slaughterer, from Yiddish reznik meaning "butcher".
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.
Rhea English
English: variant spelling of Rea.
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.
Rhys Welsh
In addition to being used as a given name, it occurs as a surname both alone and in combination with other surnames. Related patronymic forms of the surname are Price, Prys, Pris and Preece. A notable bearer is John Rhys-Davies.
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".
Ribas Spanish
Variant of Rivas.
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".
Ribić Croatian
Occupational surname for a fisherman.
Ricardez Spanish
Means "Son of Ricardo". Spanish form of Richardson.
Ricario Spanish
Spanish and Jewish (Sephardic): from the personal name Ricardo ( see Richard ).
Riccardo Italian
From the given name Riccardo
Ricciardi Italian
From the given name Riccardo.
Riccio Italian
From Italian riccio meaning "curly". This was originally a nickname for someone with curly hair.
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]
Rick English
1 English: variant of Rich 2.... [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).
Rico Spanish, Italian
From the given name Rico.
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
Derived from the given name Ridel.
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]
Riedel German
From the given name Riede.
Riedel German
Derived from a given name containing the Middle Low German name element riden "to ride".
Riedel German
Derived from Middle High German riet "damp, mossy area".
Riedemann German
Either a habitational name derived from places named Ried or Riede, or a topographic name derived from Low German Riede "rivulet".
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.
Rieke German
Variant 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".
Riina Sicilian
Derived from Sicilian rijina meaning "queen".
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".