Submitted Surnames Starting with R

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ROBEY English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name ROBERT.
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.
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".
Means "son of Robin".
Of uncertain meaning.
French form of ROBLES.
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
Probably from Italian Roccalli.
From French roche, meaning "rock'. It indicates a person who worked at a quarry.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Rockau in Thuringia.
ROCKMAN German, Jewish
Possibly an altered spelling of ROCHMAN.
From German Rock (skirt) + mann (man)
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".
RODDY Irish, Welsh
Derived from the Gaelic name Ó Rodaigh and linked to the given name RODDY meaning spirited or fierce
RODÉ Ancient Greek
A man said it was a location.
RODELA Galician
Possibly habitational name from a place called Rodel (in A Coruña province, Galicia), derived from a diminutive of roda "wheel".
RODERICK Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the personal name Rhydderch, originally a byname meaning "reddish brown".
RODHAM English
From Roddam in Northumberland. The name is thought to have derived from Germanic *rodum, meaning 'forest clearing'.
RODIA Italian
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
RODIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Possibly derived from roda (рода), meaning "stork".
Means "son of RODION".
RODMAN English
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.
RODRIGO Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name RODRIGO.
RODRIKSEN Norwegian (Rare)
Means 'Son of Rodrik'. Rodrik is the Swedish and Norwegian form of RODERICK.
RODRIKSSON Swedish (Rare)
Means 'Son of Rodrik'. Rodrik is the Swedish and Norwegian form of RODERICK.
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".
ROE English
Nickname for a timid person, derived from the Middle English ro meaning "roe"; also a midland and southern form of RAY.
ROE Norwegian
Habitational surname for any of the several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, derived from the Old Norse ruð meaning "clearing".
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 and Rauber.
ROEL English, Spanish, Dutch, German
From the name ROELAND, meaning "famous country".
Means "son of ROELF".
Variant of ROELFS, meaning "son of ROELOF".
Possibly meaning "son of ROELOF". Variant of ROELOFSMA.
Possibly means "son of ROELOF".
Refers to a pilgrim or merchant visiting Rome.
ROESCHLAUB German (Rare, Archaic)
Comes from the Bavarian meaning 'Rustling Leaves'
ROFFEY English
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]
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó RUADHAGÁIN ‘son of RUADHAGÁN’, a personal name from a diminutive of ruadh ‘red’.
ROGIN Jewish
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".
ROH Korean
Alternate transcription of NO.
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).
ROHEMAA Estonian
Rohemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "green land".
ROHI Estonian
Rohi is an Estonian surname meaning "grass" or "pasturage".
ROHME German
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.
ROHRLACH German (Rare), American
Form a place name, e.g., Rohrlach (Kreis Hirschberg) in Silesia (now Trzcińsko, Poland)
Unknown source.
ROHT Estonian
Roht is an Estonian surname meaning "veld".
ROHTLA Estonian
Rohtla is an Estonian surname meaning "veld", "prairie" and "steppe".
Estonian surname meaning "grassland islet".
ROHUMAA Estonian
Rohumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassland" and "meadow".
RÕIGAS Estonian
Rõigas is an Estonian surname menaing "radish".
ROISUM Norwegian
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
ROITH Ancient Irish
Roith, Ruith = "Wheel" / Mug Ruith/Mogh Roith = "Servant of the wheel"... [more]
RÕIVAS Estonian
Rõivas is an Estonian surname meaning "garment".
ROJAN Spanish
Variant of ROJAS.
ROKA Japanese
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).... [more]
Means "daughter of RÓLAND" in Icelandic.
Means "son of RÓLAND" in Icelandic.
ROLF German
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 (see ROLLO).... [more]
ROLF English
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) (see ROLLO).
ROLFE English
Variant of ROLF.
ROLFS German
This surname means "son of ROLF," a patronymic surname from northern Germany.
ROLFSEN Norwegian
Means "son of ROLF".
ROLL Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
ROLLE English
Variant of ROLL.
ROLLIN English, German
English: variant of Rolling.... [more]
ROLLO Scottish
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 given name ROLLO.
ROLLS English
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]
ROMÁN Spanish, Hungarian
From the given name ROMÁN.
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.
ROMAÑA Spanish
Habitational name from the Italian city of ROMAGNA.
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".
Patronymic from the given name ROMAN.
Feminine form of ROMANOV.
Polish spelling of Russian ROMANOFF.
ROMANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means 'Son of 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... [more]
Derived from a diminutive form ROMASHKA of the Russian given name ROMAN.
ROMEKA Lithuanian (Latinized)
From the Latin for "of Rome"
ROMEO Italian
From the given name ROMEO.
ROMIE Italian
From a diminutive of ROMAN or its derivative names.
ROMINE English, Dutch
From Rome
ROMMEL Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln, rumpeln to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of RUMMEL.
ROMNEY English
English: habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from an obscure first element, rumen, + Old English ea ‘river’ (see RYE).
ROMP English, German
Likely a variant of RUMP.
It means "Son of ROMUALDO". The Romualdez family is a powerful political group in the Philippines, coming from the province of Leyte... [more]
ROMWE English
likes to dress up
RON Spanish, Galician
Habitational name from a town called Ron in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.
RONALD English
Derived from the given name RONALD.
Italian: diminutive from a variant of Ronco .
RONDELLI Italian, English, French
From the medieval name "Rondello" derived from French "rondel" meaning "go around, round" or "rondel", a French old nickname for a round, plump man.
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 Estonian
Rõngas is an Estonian surname meaning "ring", "annulet", "wreath" and "coil" (circular).
RONK Estonian
Ronk is an Estonian surname meaning "raven".
RÖNN Swedish
Means "rowan" in Swedish.
RØNNING Norwegian
From Old Norse Ryðningr, from ruð "clearing".
Combination of Swedish rönn "rowan" and lund "grove".
ROÑO Spanish
masculine form of roña which means dirt
RONSON English
Means "son of RON"
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.
ROO Estonian
Roo is an Estonian surname derived from "roog" ("reed" or "cane") or "roos" ("rose").
ROOBA Estonian
Rooba is an Estonian surname, derived from "roobas", meaning "ditch" or "rut".
ROOG Estonian
Roog is an Estonian surname meaning "reed".
ROOK English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rook (e.g. in having black hair or a harsh voice).
ROOL Estonian
Rool is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel" and "helm".
ROOLAID Estonian
Roolaid is an Estonian surname meaning "reedy islet".
RÕÕM Estonian
Rõõm is an Estonian surname meaning "gladness".
ROOME English
Variant of ROME.
ROOMET Estonian
Roomet is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name) derived from the masculine given name "Roomet".
RÕÕMUS Estonian
Rõõmus is an Estonian surname meaning "glad" or "joyful".
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh "descendant of Ruanadh", a byname meaning "champion".
RÖÖP Estonian
Rööp is an Estonian surname meaning "parallel" and "beside".
ROOP Dutch
Dutch: from a short form of the Germanic personal name ROBRECHT.
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.
Roosileht is an Estonian surname meaning "rose leaf".
Roosimägi is an Estonian surname meaning "rose mountain".
Roosipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "rose wood".
Roosnupp is an Estonian surname meaning "rosebud".
Roossaar is an Estonian surname meaning "rose island".
ROOST Estonian
Roost is an Estonian surname meaning "reedy".
ROOT English, Dutch
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot). ... [more]
ROOTARE Estonian
Rootare is an Estonian surname meaning "reed hut/house".
ROOTS Estonian
Roots is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk" or "stem". May also derive from "rootslane", meaning "Swede".
Rootslane is an Estonian surname meaning "Swede".
Rootsmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem land".
Rootsmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem hill/mountain".
ROOVÄLI Estonian
Rooväli is an Estonian surname meaning "cane/reed field".
ROPER English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rāp ‘rope’. See also ROOP.
ROS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Santibáñez.
ROS Swedish
Means "rose" in Swedish.
ROSAS Spanish, Catalan
Variants of ROSA or ROSALES.
Meaning "rose" "mountain"
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’.
ROSELL Swedish
Combination of ros "rose" and the common surname suffix -ell.
ROSEMA Frisian
Variant spelling of ROZEMA.
From the Norman feminine name ROSAMUND.
ROSÉN Swedish
Combination of Swedish ros "rose" and the common Swedish surname suffix -én.
ROSEN German, Jewish
Means "Roses" in German
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 "rose bush".
Means "rose bloom" in Middle High German.
Norwegian form of ROSENBERG.
Means "rose wreath" in German.
ROSENHEIM German (Rare)
Derived from "home of roses".
ROSENTHAL German, Jewish
name for any of numerous places named rosenthal or rosendahl. means " rose valley"
ROSENZWEIG German, Jewish
A German and Jewish surname, meaning "rose twig" or "branch".
ROSER German
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 "big".
Denoting someone who came from a rose wood or grove.
ROSHOLT Norwegian
Norwegian: habitational name from either of two farms called Røsholt in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse, either ross ‘mare’ or ruð ‘clearing’ + holt ‘grove’, ‘wood’.
ROSI Greek, Italian
Greek: Metronymic from the female personal name Rosa, or alternatively a variant of ROSSO.... [more]
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.
1 German and Dutch: patronymic from a derivative of the medieval personal name Rozinus.... [more]
According to and Latin dictonaries the name Rosmarin derives from the Latin words 'ros' ('dew' or 'tear') and 'marin' ('sea')... [more]
Jewish or Eastern European
Anglicized variant of German-Jewish ROSENTHAL.... [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 "knight" in German.
Patronymic derived from the given name Rossetto (see ROSETTO).
ROSSIE English
Possibly a variant of ROSSI.
Means "nightingale" in French, used as a nickname for person with a good singing voice, or ironically, for a raucous person.
ROSSING Norwegian
ross (came from scotland) ing - added in Norway
ROSSO Italian
Variant of RUSSO.
ROST German
From a nickname for a red-haired person, from Middle High German rost meaning ‘rust’.
ROST German
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).
From the given name ROSTAM combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
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".
Feminine form of ROSTOV.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Rostworowo.
ROSYA Ukrainian (Modern), Russian (Modern)
Either a shortened version of "Rossiya", which is Russian for "Russia", or the Russian and Ukrainian version of Rose.
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".
ROTHCHILDS Ancient Celtic
Scottish circa 1500-1600. See Neil Oliver's book 'The Vikings' for mention of Rothkilde
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.
ROTHMAN German, Jewish
German (ROTHMANN) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair, from an elaborated form of ROTH 1. ... [more]
German: see ROTHMAN.
ROTHSTEIN German, Jewish
From German rot meaning "red" and stein meaning "stone".
An English surname meaning 'Lives by the red spring"
German surname that means "red stone".
ROTT German
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.
Diminutive of ROBERT.
ROUDEBUSH Dutch (Americanized), Belgian (Americanized)
Americanized form of Dutch and Belgian Ronderbosch or Rondenbosch, a habitational name for someone from Ronderbos in Dilbeek, Brabant, or Ronden Bos in Maldegen, East Flanders.
ROUEN French
From the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. ... Ruen is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy... [more]
ROUGE French
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Diminutive of Rouge, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
ROUGH English
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.
Variant spelling of ROWNTREE.
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó RUAIRC ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic RUADHRAC, a personal name from Norse HROTHREKR (see RODERICK)... [more]