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Possibly habitational name from a place called Rodel
(in A Coruña province, Galicia), derived from a diminutive of roda
From Roddam in Northumberland. The name is thought to have derived from Germanic *rodum
, meaning 'forest clearing'.
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
The surname Rodman is an ancient English surname, derived from a trade name, "men who were by the tenure or customs of their lands to ride with or for the lord of the manor about his business". The most famous bearer of this name is the basketball player Dennis Rodman.
Rodwell, a name of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a locational surname deriving from any one of various places in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent, England. In English, the meaning of the name Rodwell is "Lives by the spring near the road".
Nickname for a timid person, derived from the Middle English ro
meaning "roe"; also a midland and southern form of RAY
Habitational surname for any of the several farmsteads named Roe
, derived from the Old Norse ruð
ROEBER Low German
Habitational name from a place named Roben, for example in Thuringia or Schleswig. From a Germanic personal name based on hrod
‘renown’, ‘victory’. Low German variant of RÄUBER
There are two small villages named "Roffey". One in England, near Horsham, and one in France, Burgundy. The name is of Norman orgin. First mentioned in (surviving English documents) in 1307 when a George Roffey buys a house... [more]
Habitational name from any of various villages named Rogi or from Rogin, all in Belarus.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Rogi, named with meaning róg "horn".
ROHE Low German
The surname ROHE is from a short form of a Germanic formed with Middle High German Rouen 'to roar' or old High German ruin 'Care' , 'intent' (See roch).
Rohi is an Estonian surname meaning "grass" or "pasturage".
From the Germanic personal name RUOM
(Old High German hruom
‘fame’), a short form of RUOMBALD
and similar personal names containing this element.
ROHR German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area thickly grown with reeds, from Middle High German ror
. Also a habitational name from one of the several places named with this word.
ROHRBACH German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Rohrbach (‘reed brook’ or ‘channel brook’) in many parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a common surname in Pennsylvania.
Rohtla is an Estonian surname meaning "veld", "prairie" and "steppe".
Rohumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassland" and "meadow".
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
ROLAND French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod
‘renown’ + -nand
‘bold’, assimilated to -lant
‘land’. (Compare ROWLAND
English: Composed of the Germanic elements hrod
‘renown’ + wulf
‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form HRÓLFR
and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form ROU
From the Middle English personal name Rolf
, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd
"renown" and wulf
"wolf". This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr
, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l)
This surname means "son of ROLF
," a patronymic surname from northern Germany.
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l)
, the usual Norman form of ROLF
Possibly derived from the Latin word rotus
, meaning "wheel". It would indicate one who built wheels as a living. A famous bearer was American inventor and entrepreneur Charles Rolls (1877-1910), founder of the Rolls-Royce Ltd along with Henry Royce (1863-1933).
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Rowlston in Lincolnshire, Rolleston in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, or Rowlstone in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border... [more]
ROMAN Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the Latin personal name ROMANUS
, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
ROMANA Catalan, French, Italian, Polish, English (Rare), German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the feminine form of the Latin personal name ROMANUS
, which originally meant "Roman".
ROMANSKY Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian
In Czech and Slovak usage, it is a habitational name from Romanov, a village in central Bohemia. In Polish usage, it is a habitational name for someone from any of several places in Poland called Romany, named with the personal name ROMAN
ROMMEL Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln
to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of RUMMEL
English: habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from an obscure first element, rumen
, + Old English ea
‘river’ (see RYE
RON Spanish, Galician
Habitational name from a town called Ron in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.
RONEY Irish (Anglicized, Modern, Archaic)
The most common Irish variant of ROONEY
primarily concentrated in the Ulster counties of Down, Louth, Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Sligo. From the Gaelic O'Ruanaidh and O'Ruanadha which means the descendant of the champion of ulster... [more]
Rõngas is an Estonian surname meaning "ring", "annulet", "wreath" and "coil" (circular).
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) who discovered and studied x-rays. Röntgen called the radiation "X" because it was an unknown type of radiation... [more]
Roo is an Estonian surname derived from "roog" ("reed" or "cane") or "roos" ("rose").
Rooba is an Estonian surname, derived from "roobas", meaning "ditch" or "rut".
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rook (e.g. in having black hair or a harsh voice).
Rool is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel" and "helm".
Rõõm is an Estonian surname meaning "gladness".
Roomet is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name) derived from the masculine given name "Roomet".
Rõõmus is an Estonian surname meaning "glad" or "joyful".
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh
"descendant of Ruanadh
", a byname meaning "champion".
Rööp is an Estonian surname meaning "parallel" and "beside".
ROOS Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German (Swiss), Low German
Means "rose" in Estonian and Dutch. Swedish and Danish variant of ROS
, also meaning "rose". This could be a locational name for someone living near roses, an occupational name for someone who grew roses, or a nickname for someone with reddish skin.
ROOT English, Dutch
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot). ... [more]
Roots is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk" or "stem". May also derive from "rootslane", meaning "Swede".
Rootsmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem land".
Rootsmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem hill/mountain".
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rāp ‘rope’. See also ROOP
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Santibáñez.
Americanized form of Norwegian Røys(e)land
; a habitational name from about 30 farmsteads, many in Agder, named from Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’ + land ‘land’, ‘farmstead’.
Combination of ros
"rose" and the common surname suffix -ell
Combination of Swedish ros
"rose" and the common Swedish surname suffix -én
Habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rosebush, Middle High German rōsenboum
Ornamental adoption of modern German Rosenbaum
ROSENTHAL German, Jewish
name for any of numerous places named rosenthal or rosendahl. means " rose valley"
German: topographic name for "someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew" (see Rose 1), with the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.German (Röser): habitational name from places called Rös, Roes, or Rösa in Bavaria, Rhineland, and Saxony, or a variant of Rosser.Swiss German (Röser): from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on hrod "renown".English: "unexplained".
ROSEVEAR Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros
"moor, heath" and vur
French for "rose tree" or "rose bush". A common surname in Francophone areas. It is also the name of a fallen angel who was considered the patron demon of tainted love and seduction.
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary and Latin dictonaries the name Rosmarin derives from the Latin words 'ros' ('dew' or 'tear') and 'marin' ('sea')... [more]
ROSSEAU French, American
Variant spelling of ROUSSEAU
. Comes from the Old French word rous
meaning "red", likely a nickname for someone with red hair or a particularly rosy complexion.
Means "nightingale" in French, used as a nickname for person with a good singing voice, or ironically, for a raucous person.
From a nickname for a red-haired person, from Middle High German rost
A metonymic occupational name for a limeburner or blacksmith, from Middle High German, Middle Low German rōst
meaning ‘grate, grill’ or Middle High German rōst(e)
meaning ‘fire, embers, pyre, grate’ (typically one for burning lime).
ROSTOV Russian, Literature
Either derived from Rostov Oblast, a Russian federal subject, the town of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, or Rostov-on-Don, a Russian city in the Rostov Oblast. This is also the surname of multiple characters from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel "War and Peace".
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Rostworowo.
The original spelling of the name is Roßhart. Roß means "horse" and hart means "hard" in German. The name was changed when the family immigrated to the United States in the 1850's. Some took on the name "Rosshart", and some "Roszhart" as the ß has the "sss" sound.
From the elements rot "red" and berg "mountain" meaning "red mountain".
Middle High German rot "red" + vuoz "foot", a nickname for someone who followed the fashion for shoes made from a type of fine reddish leather. Or a variant of Rotfuchs
, from the Middle Low German form fos "fox", a nickname for a clever person.
As far as I've researched the name dates back to a man by the name of Count Palatine Kuno von Rott (~1083). After he got land from the Pfalzfrafs which seem to be a nobile family line.... [more]
ROTTEN Popular Culture
From the English word rotten, meaning "In a state of decay/cruel, mean, immoral/bad, horrible". In the Icelandic children's television program LazyTown, Robbie Rotten is the main antagonist of the show who desires silence and peace, continuously formulates reckless schemes that often feature him masquerading in various disguises as a means of hoodwinking or tempting residents away from an active lifestyle... [more]
Modernization of Rotscheidt, also a city in Germany (Rottscheidt) bearing another modern alternate spelling. When broken down it ultimately means "red" and "piece of wood", implying that the families of today descends from woodwrokers.
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Diminutive of Rouge
, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
A topographic name referring to a dwelling with uncultivated ground, ultimately deriving from Olde English ruh meaning "rough".
Means "cleric, clergyman" or "clean, pure, good" in Persian.
nickname for a person with red hair, from Middle English, Old French rous ‘red(-haired)’
Originally a nickname for a red-haired or blond person, derived from Greek ρούσος (roúsos)
This surname was originally used as a derogative nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover
meaning "pirate, robber."
ROVER English, German (Anglicized)
This surname is derived from Middle English roof
(from Old English hrof
) combined with the agent suffix (i)er
, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a constructor or repairer of roofs.... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by an oak wood, from Catalan rovira
meaning "oak wood, oak grove".
Habitational name from places named Rovné and/or Rovný.
A shortened form of the surname Horowitz, a variant of the surname Horovic, from the town of Horovice, Czech Republic.
English from a medieval personal name composed of the Germanic elements hrod
‘renown’ + wald
‘rule’, which was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the form Róaldr
, and again later by the Normans in the form Rohald
Anglo Saxon Name- locational, comes from several places in England such as in Devonshire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Staffordshire. It means ' rough wood or clearing', from the Old English 'run' meaning rough and 'leah', meaning clearing in a wood.
ROWSON English (British, Anglicized)
The ancestors of the Rowson family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.... [more]
Beautiful flower from France brought over by an immigrant named Page Rozelle. People said when she said something nice or touched you, good luck would come to you.
Possibly a contraction of Roelfsema meaning "son of ROELF
". Also spelled Rosema, Roosma, Rozeman.
Habitational name for someone from Rozwady or Rozwadów in Biała Podlaska voivodeship.
Habitational name for someone originally from the town of Rubalcaba in Cantabria, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic الربع الخالي (ar-rubʿ al-ḵālī)
meaning "the Empty Quarter", referring to the Rub' al Khali desert in the Arabian Peninsula.
Patronymic from the personal name Ruccio
, from a short form of various pet names formed with this suffix, as for example Gasparuccio (from Gaspari) or Baldassaruccio (from Baldasare).
RUCH German (Swiss)
It was originally a nickname for a greedy person, from Middle High German ruoch ‘eager,’ ‘intent.’... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ruciany in Siedlce.
Middle High German: nickname rucken
"to move or draw". North German: nickname from Middle Low German rucker "thief", "greedy or acquisitive person". German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name RUDIGER
From a Germanic personal name based on hrok
"intent", "eager" (Old High German ruoh