Submitted Surnames Starting with R

usage
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Rosya Ukrainian (Modern), Russian (Modern)
Either a shortened version of "Rossiya", which is Russian for "Russia", or the Russian and Ukrainian version of Rose.
Roszhart German
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.
Rothberg German
From the elements rot "red" and berg "mountain" meaning "red mountain". Variant of Rothenberg.
Rothchilds Ancient Celtic
Scottish circa 1500-1600. See Neil Oliver's book 'The Vikings' for mention of Rothkilde
Rothfus German
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.
Rothfuss German
Variant spelling of Rothfus. A notable bearer is Patrick Rothfuss (1973-), an American author of epic fantasy.
Rothman German, Jewish
German (Rothmann) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair, from an elaborated form of Roth 1. ... [more]
Rothmann German
German: see Rothman.
Rothstein German, Jewish
From German rot meaning "red" and stein meaning "stone".
Rothwell English
An English surname meaning 'Lives by the red spring"
Rotstein German
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]
Rotter German
Variant spelling of Rother, an occupational name for the foreman or leader of a group or association of men, or a work gang, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rotte ‘team’, ‘gang’... [more]
Rotterdam Dutch
Denoting someone from a place named Rotterdam "place of the muddy water".
Rottscheit German
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.
Roubichou English
Diminutive of Robert. Roubichou is a French surname that is probably an altered spelling of Robichon or Robicheaux, pet forms of Robert, from the Germanic name Hrodebert.
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.
Rougeau French
Diminutive of Rouge, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Rouget French
Derived from the French adjective rouge meaning "red" combined with the French masculine diminutive suffix -et.
Rough English
A topographic name referring to a dwelling with uncultivated ground, ultimately deriving from Olde English ruh meaning "rough".
Rouhani Persian
Means "cleric, clergyman" or "clean, pure, good" in Persian.
Rõuk Estonian
Rõuk is an Estonian surname derived from the word "rõuk", a type of traditional stack made for the collection and drying of hay, cereals, or straw, often made with a wooden frame.
Round English
Variant of Rounds.
Roundtree English
Variant spelling of Rowntree.
Roupert French (Rare)
Derived from the given name Roupert, which is an archaic French variant of Rupert.
Rouppert French (Rare)
Derived from the given name Rouppert, which is a gallicization of Ruppert, the Upper German form of Rupert.... [more]
Rourke Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruairc ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic Ruadhrac, a personal name from Norse Hrothrekr (see Roderick)... [more]
Rouse English
nickname for a person with red hair, from Middle English, Old French rous ‘red(-haired)’
Rousopoulos Greek
Meaning "of Russian descent".
Roussos Greek
Originally a nickname for a red-haired or blond person, derived from Greek ρούσος (roúsos) "red".
Routh English
From the village and civil parish of Routh in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England (recorded in the Domesday book as Rutha). The place name may derive from Old Norse hrúedhr meaning "rough shaly ground"... [more]
Routin French
From French route meaning "road".
Routine French
Variant of Routin.
Röver German
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]
Roviaro Italian (Modern)
From northern Italy
Rovira Catalan
Topographic name for someone who lived by an oak wood, from Catalan rovira meaning "oak wood, oak grove".
Rovnák Czech
Habitational name from places named Rovné and/or Rovný.
Rowe Jewish
A shortened form of the surname Horowitz, a variant of the surname Horovic, from the town of Horovice, Czech Republic.
Röwekamp German
From old German röwe meaning "lion" and kamp meaning "fighter". Perhaps named for someone who's brave.
Rowell English
From a diminutive of Rowland or Rolf or a location name meaning "rough hill".
Rowett English
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 or Roald... [more]
Rowlands English
Derived from the given name Rowland.
Rowley English
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.
Rowling English
From diminutives for the given names Rollo or Rolf. Famous bearer is the author of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling whose initials stand for Joanne Kathleen.
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]
Roxburgh Scottish
Derived from Roxburgh, a village near Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland, so named from the genitive case of the Old English byname Hroc, meaning "rook", and Old English burh meaning "fort, manor".
Roy Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Bengali and Assamese form of Raj.
Royal English
From the given name Royal.
Royama Japanese
means wax. means mountain.
Roybal Galician (Hispanicized)
Castellanized form of Ruibal.
Royintan Persian
Royintan means "invulnerable". It is a Persian origin surname, which is written as رویین تن in Persian. It consists of royen meaning "strong" and tan meaning "body, person".... [more]
Royznbarg Yiddish
Yiddish form of Rosenberg.
Rozbiewski Polish (?)
Unknown, possibly related to any of the words: rozbież ("crossroads", "outskirts"),... [more]
Rozelle French
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.
Rozema Frisian
Possibly a contraction of Roelfsema meaning "son of Roelf" or derived from Roos. Also spelled Rosema, Roosma, Rozeman.
Rozewicz Polish
The origin of this surname is unknown, but is Polish.... [more]
Rozman Jewish
Variant of Rosman. Slovenian (also Rožman): occupational name for a carter or a horse breeder or dealer, from Middle High German ros 'horse' + man 'man'. Compare German Rossmann.
Rozwadowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from Rozwady or Rozwadów in Biała Podlaska voivodeship.
Rua Jewish (Rare)
Israel, Spain
Ruadhagin Irish
Meaning, ‘son of Ruadhagán.’
Rubalcava Spanish
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.
Rubiáns Galician
It indicates familial origin in the parish of Santa María de Rubiáns in the municipality of Vilagarcía de Arousa.
Rubin Jewish
From the given name Reuben.
Rubin French
metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, from Old French rubi ‘ruby’.
Rubinov Russian, Jewish
Means "son of Rubin" in Russian, though it could also be derived from Russian рубин (rubin) "ruby".
Rubinstein German, Jewish, Polish
Means "ruby stone", from rubin and stein. Rubin means "ruby" in German and stein means "stone" in German.
Rucci Italian
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]
Rucinski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ruciany in Siedlce.
Rucker German
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... [more]
Rückmann German
From a Germanic personal name based on hrok "intent", "eager" (Old High German ruoh).
Rud Norwegian
Variant of Ruud.
Rudatis German (East Prussian)
Derived from Old Prussian ruds and Lithuanian rudas "(of hair) red" or Lithuanian rudis "redhead".
Rudd English
The surname Rudd is derived from the Old English root "rud-," a component in the words "rudig," which means "ruddy," and "ruddoc," which means "red-breast." The surname was originally a nickname for a ruddy complexioned or red-haired person, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore the color red.
Rude Norwegian, German
German: From a pet form of a personal name formed with Old High German hrōd "fame", for example Rudolf or Rüdiger... [more]
Rudeen Swedish (Archaic)
Variant or possibly an anglicized form of Rudén. Rudeen is currently not used in Sweden. One known bearer, bishop Torsten Rudeen (1661-1729), got his name from his father's surname Rudenius (also related to Rudén).
Rudel English
Derived from the location of Ryedale or Rydal
Rudén Swedish (Rare)
Swedish rud "clearing" (compare Ruud) combined with the common surname suffix -én.
Rudenko Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian рудий (rudyy) meaning "red".
Rüdiger German
Derived from the given name Rüidger
Rudner German
German: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Redner.
Rudolf German
From a personal name composed of Old High German hrōd "renown" and wolf "wolf", equivalent to English Ralph. This name is also found in Slovenia.
Rudström Swedish
Combination of Swedish rud "deforested land, clearing" and ström "stream".
Rudzītis Latvian
Derived from the word rudzi meaning "rye".
Rudzutaka Latvian (Rare)
Rudzutaka is compound from two words first rudzu meaning "rye" and second taka meaning "path". Rudzutaka is femenine form of surname, the masculine form of surname is Rudzutaks. Most famous person with this surname is Jānis Rudzutaks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jānis_Rudzutaks... [more]
Rue French
The name Rue dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence in Normandy. However, the name Ruell is derived from the Old French word ruelle, meaning lane or alley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place... [more]
Rueda Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word "rueda" meaning "wheel."
Ruedig German
Variation of Rudig.
Rueger German
The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.
Ruelas French
A last name common in Mexico which is believed to have derived from the French word ruelle (or Portuguese word ruela) meaning lane or alley.
Ruesch German (Swiss), Jewish
Swiss/German variant of Rusch. Meaning "shaggy," "bristly," "unkempt," or "quick."
Rufaro Shona
It is a form of the Shona name Mufaro.
Ruffalo Italian
Variant spelling of Ruffolo. A famous bearer is American actor Mark Ruffalo (1967-).
Ruffin English
From the medieval French male personal name Ruffin, from Latin Rūfīnus, a derivative of Rūfus (literally "red-haired one")... [more]
Ruffolo Italian
Derived from the given name Ruffo, an Italian form of Rufus.
Rüga Estonian
Rüga is an Estonian surname derived from "rügama" meaning to "toil" and "rügaja" meaning "toiler".
Rugby English
From Rugby, Warwickshire. Originally named *Rocheberie, from Old English *Hrocaburg, 'Hroca's fort', the name was altered due to influence fort Danish settlers, with the second element being replaced with Old Norse byr, 'farm'.... [more]
Ruge German
Nickname from Middle High German ruowe, ruge ‘quiet’, ‘calm’ or Low German rug ‘rough’, ‘crude’.... [more]
Rugeley Anglo-Saxon
A locational surname whose literal meaning is "woodland clearing on or near a ridge", derived from the Old English hrycg meaning "ridge" and leah, meaning "clearing". First recorded as a surname in Staffordshire, England, but refers to a village in Normandy called Rugles.
Rugg English
Nickname for a person associated with the color red, whether through hair color, clothing, or complexion. Accordingly, the name is derived from the Old French word ruge, meaning red.
Ruggero Italian
From the given name Ruggero
Rugh German
A variant of the Alsacian German (and probably Swiss before that) Ruch. Also a variant of the Danish Rügh (not related as far as is known)
Ruhe German
Variant of Ruge. (Rühe) is also a nickname from Rüde ‘hound.’ Habitational name from places named Rühen, Rüden, Rhüden in northern Germany.
Ruhland German
Variation of Rüland.
Ruhr German
Name given to a person who lived near the Ruhr River in Germany.
Ruibal Galician
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the council of Moraña.
Ruisard French (Rare, ?)
Originated as a result of trade between France and the Persian Empires before the Iranian Revolution, probably during the Safavid Dynasty. The surname has its roots in the Persian Riahi surname and the Arabic word رِيح (rīḥ) meaning "wind" and the Persian word “sered” before it was altered to fit French spelling rules.... [more]
Ruiter Dutch
Derived from the Dutch noun ruiter meaning "rider, horseman".
Rukki Estonian
Rukki is an Estonian surname derived from "rukis", meaning "rye"
Ruland German
Medieval form of Roland.
Rule Scottish, English
Scottish name from the lands of Rule in the parish of Hobkirk, Roxburghshire. The derivation is from the River Rule which flows through the area, and is so called from the ancient Welsh word "rhull" meaning "hasty or rushing".... [more]
Rulinskas Lithuanian (Latinized, Rare)
Meaning and origin still unknown.
Rumbelow English
Means "person from Rumbelow", the name of various locations in England ("three mounds").
Rumbia Indonesian
Named after the rumbia fruit in Indonesia.
Rumble English
Descended from the personal name Rumbald/Rombold, which is composed of the Germanic elements hrom "fame, glory" and bald "bold, brave".
Rumfelt German, Dutch
Altered spelling of German Romfeld, derived from Middle Low German rüm- meaning "to clear (land)" and feld meaning "open country, field". It is a topographic name or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a person engaged in clearing woodland, or in some cases a habitational name for someone from Romfelt in the Ardennes... [more]
Rumfield German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Rumfelt.
Rumford English
From the parish of Romford in Essex, England. The name means "the wide ford" from Old English rúm "wide".
Rummel German, Dutch
North German and Dutch: variant of Rommel.... [more]
Rummo Estonian
Rummo is an Estonian surname, derived from "rumm" ("rum").
Rumney English
Variant of Romney.
Rump Estonian
Rump is an Estonian surname meaning "dugout" and "punt".
Rumple German
It is derived from Rumbald, an Old German personal name.
Rumpole English
A different form of Rumbold (from the Norman personal name Rumbald, of Germanic origin and probably meaning literally "fame-bold"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Horace Rumpole, the eccentric QC created by John Mortimer (originally for a 1975 television play).
Rumschlag German
This name is possibly a derivative of the German word for "envelope" which is spelled 'Umschlag'.
Runcie English, Scottish
Derived from Latin runcinus, and related to the Old French "roncin", for a horse of little value. Middle English, Rouncy, as in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales.... [more]
Rundell English
Nickname derived from a diminutive of Middle English and Old French rond, rund meaning "fat, round" (see Rounds), or derived from Rundale, a local place in the village and civil parish of Shoreham in Kent, England, named with Old English rum(ig) meaning "roomy, spacious" and dæl meaning "valley".
Rundgren Swedish
Swedish surname with somewhat unclear etymology. The first element is possibly taken from a place named with either of the elements rund and/or run. Rund coincides with the Swedish word for "round", but it is not clear if the element used in this name is derived from that word... [more]
Rundlett French
this is a french word for little wine barrels.
Rundqvist Swedish
Combination of Swedish rund "round" and qvist, an archaic spelling of kvist, "twig".
Runds Ancient Germanic (Rare)
The Runds surname most likely originated near the Rhine river. It comes from the Proto-Celtic word, rūnā, meaning mystery/mystic. The coat of arms dates back to the middle ages and consists of a black shield with three gold crescent moons... [more]
Rüngas Estonian
Rüngas is an Estonian surname meaning "rock" and "cliff".
Runge German
From the old word "runga", meaning stick or whip
Rünk Estonian
Rünk is an Estonian surname meaning "crag" and "rock".
Rünne Estonian
Rünne is an Estonian surname meaning both "attack" and "to make inroads into something".
Ruotina Italian
Means "wheel" in Italian. This meant that a bearer of this surname was a wheel maker.
Ruprecht German
From the given name Ruprecht.
Rusby Scottish, English
Alternative spelling of Busby, a parish in Renfrewshire. A name well represented in the Penistone, and Cawthorne districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Rusch German
Meaning "shaggy," "bristly," "unkempt," or "quick."
Ruschel German
Variant of Rusch
Rush Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis "descendant of Ros", a personal name perhaps derived from ros "wood". In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra (see Loughrey).
Rushdie Kashmiri (Rare)
Derived from Arabic رَشَدَ (rašada) meaning "to go the right way, to follow the right course" or "to be well guided" (related to the given names Rashad and Rashid)... [more]
Rushe English, Irish
Variant of Rush
Rushen English
Originally denoted a person who lived near a marsh, noted for its rushes (see Rush). A famous bearer of this surname is the American singer Patrice Rushen (b. 1954).
Rusher German (Americanized)
Americanized version of the German surname Rüscher or Roshcer. Either a topographic name for someone who lived among rushes or an occupational name for someone who created things out of rushes.
Russ Popular Culture
Derived from Kievan Rus, an ancient state that existed in modern-day Russia. It is born by Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves from Warhammer 40,000.
Russi Italian
Variant of Rossi.
Rust English, Scottish
A nickname to someone with reddish hair or a ruddy complexion.
Rustemov Kazakh
Means "son of Rustem".
Rustemović Bosnian
Means "son of Rustem".
Rusu Romanian, Moldovan
From Romanian rus meaning "Russian".
Ruth English, German (Swiss)
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. Not related to the given name in this case.... [more]
Ruthven English, Scottish
From the name of a barony in Perthshire, Scotland, which comes from Scottish Gaelic Ruadhainn "Dun uplands".
Rutigliano Italian
From the name of a town located in Bari Province of Apulia, Italy.
Rutledge English, Scottish
Origin unknown
Rutman Jewish, German
1. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of Rothman. ... [more]
Rutmann German
German: see Rutman.
Rutt English, German
English: variant of Root.... [more]
Rutter English
Either (i) "player of the rote (a medieval stringed instrument played by plucking)"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a dishonest or untrustworthy person (from Old French routier "robber, mugger")... [more]
Ruuge Estonian
Ruuge is an Estonian surname meaning "pale brown" or "dark blonde" or "sorrel" colored.
Ruus Estonian
Ruus is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kruus" meaning "mug", "shingle" and "ballast". Possibly derived from "rüüs" meaning "frilled".
Rüüt Estonian
Rüüt is an Estonian surname meaning "golden plover" (Pluvialis apricaria).
Ruut Estonian
Ruut is an Estonian surname meaning "square".
Rüütel Estonian
From the Estonian word rüütel, meaning "knight".
Ruutikainen Finnish
A rare Finnish surname combining the word for gunpowder, "ruuti", and the common surname ending -nen. The 2017 Finnish population register indicates there are 106 Ruutikainens alive in Finland, and some sites estimate there are another ten abroad... [more]
Rüütli Estonian
Rüütli is an Estonian surname, meaning "chivalric".
Ruutopõld Estonian
Ruutopõld is an Estonian surname derived from "ruut (square)" and "põld" ("field").
Ruutsoo Estonian
Ruutsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "square swamp".
Ruutu Estonian
Ruutu is an Estonian surname meaning "diamond".
Ružek Czech
It means "rose". Derived from name Ružena.
Ružić Croatian, Serbian
Derived from ruža meaning ''rose''.
Ruzicki Polish
Ruzicki was first found in Polesie, inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. One of the principal names of the area was the royal Clan of Poraj, of which the family name Ruzycki is a branch.
Ryall English
From any of several places in England named from Old English ryge "rye" + hyll "hill".
Ryals English
English occupational surname.
Ryang Korean
North Korean form of Yang.
Rybacki Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Rybaki, derived from Polish ryba meaning "fish".
Rybak Polish, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Means "fisherman" in some Slavic languages. Derived from the word ryba "fish". A famous bearer is Byelarusian-Norwegian artist Alexander Rybak (b. 1986) who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009.
Rybakov Russian
Means "son of the fisher" from Russian рыбак (rybak) meaning "fisherman".
Rybalka Ukrainian
Ukrainian surname meaning "fisherman". Derived from ryba "fish".
Rybalkin Russian
Occupational name for a fisherman.
Rybalko Russian, Ukrainian
Occupational name for a fisherman.
Rybinski Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called 'Rybno'.
Rybkin Russian
From rybka, meaning "little fish".
Rybolovlev Russian
Russian occupational surname of "Fisher"
Rybski Polish
Occupational name for a fisherman.
Rybskyi Ukrainian
Occupational name for a fisherman.
Rycroft English
Derived from Rycroft, in the parish of Birstall, Yorkshire
Rydberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and berg "mountain". Notable bearers are author and poet Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895) and physicist Johannes Rydberg (1854-1919).
Rydell Swedish
Combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and the common surname suffix -ell.
Rydell English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Riddell.
Rydén Swedish
Combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and the common surname suffix -én.
Rydinger Swedish (Rare)
Either a combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and the common surname suffix -ing "belonging to, coming from" (compare Norling), a variant of Ryding, or a Swedish form of German Rüdinger.
Ryen Norwegian
Habitational name from any of more than ten farmsteads, originally named with Old Norse rugr ‘rye’ + vin ‘meadow’.
Ryerson English (American)
Americanized spelling of Swedish Reierson or of any of its cognates, for example Dutch Ryerse, Ryersen or Norwegian and Danish Reiersen.
Ryharovič Belarusian
Means "son of Ryhor".