Submitted Surnames Starting with R

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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.
Rull Estonian
Rull is an Estonian surname meaning "spool" and "roll".
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", hence 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]
Rummenigge German
Meaning uncertain. It could possibly be an occupational name for a viticulturist who grew grapes to make wine, a seller or producer of Romanian wine, or a nickname for a person who preferred to drink Romanian wine... [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'.
Rumsfeld German
Variant spelling of Rumfelt. A notable bearer was the American politician, businessman and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (1932-2021).
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]
Rundle English
Cornish surname of unknown origin, possibly related to Arundel.
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 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
Rungruang Thai
Alternate transcription of Thai รุ่งเรือง (see Rungrueang).
Rungrueang Thai
Means "flourishing, prospering" in Thai.
Rungrueng Thai
Alternate transcription of Thai รุ่งเรือง (see Rungrueang).
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".
Runner English (American)
Probably an altered spelling of German Ronner, annoccupational name for a runner or messenger, a lightly armed mounted soldier. Compare Renner. UK The surname Runner was first found in Lancashire. One of the first records of the family was found in the year 1246 when Alan de Runacres held estates in that shire... [more]
Ruosch Romansh
Derived from the given name Ambrosius.
Ruotina Italian
Means "wheel" in Italian. This meant that a bearer of this surname was a wheel maker.
Rupasingha Sinhalese
Alternate transcription of Sinhala රූපසිංහ (see Rupasinghe).
Rupasinghe Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit रूप (rupa) meaning "shape, form" and सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion".
Ruprecht German
From the given name Ruprecht.
Rusakova Russian
Julia Rusakova-Harper was a Russian astronaut for NASA and former wife to Jack Harper in the movie Oblivion (2013). She was played by Olga Kurylenko alongside Jack Harper’s character played by Tom Cruise... [more]
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 Low German
Derived from Middle Low German rusch "quick, rash, hasty; unkempt", this was a nickname for a quick or unkempt, unrefined person.
Rusch German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Rudolf.
Rusch German
Derived from Middle High German and Middle Low German rusch "rush reeds".
Ruschel German
Variant of Rusch
Rusconi Italian
From Italian rusca, "splinter, sliver of wood".
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 English
Variant of Rouse.
Russ Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Rudolf.
Russi Italian
Variant of Rossi.
Russkikh Russian
Means "Russian" in Russian, probably used as a nickname for a person who lived in a village where the majority of residents were non-Russian.
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".
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]
Rutz Romansh, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Rudolf.
Rutz Low German
Derived from Middle Low German rūtze or ruce "cobbler".
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".
Ruvolo Italian
From Sicilian ruvolo "sessile oak".
Ruyintan Iranian
Ruyintan means "Invulnerable". It is a Persian-origin surname, which is written as رویین تن in Persian. It consists of ruyin, meaning "strong", and tan meaning "body, person" ultimately defining immortality... [more]
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.
Ryan Korean (Russified)
Form of Ryang used by Koreans in Russia.
Ryang Korean
North Korean form of Yang.
Ryans English
Variant of Ryan.
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.
Rybarczyk Polish (Modern)
A derivative of polish word 'Rybak' (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".
Ryle English
Habitational name from Royle in Lancashire (see Royle).
Rylo English
Variant of the surname Rilo.
Rymer English
Occupational name for a poet.
Ryne German (Swiss)
Respelling of Swiss German Rhyn, a topographic name for someone living on the Rhine river, Middle High German Rin.
Rynearson German, German (Swiss)
Derived from the Rhine River.
Ryś Polish
Means "Lynx" in Polish.
Ryšavý Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak last name meaning "red-haired".
Ryser English
Variant of Reiser based on the English word riser.
Ryslink Czech (Rare)
Czech spelling or interpretation of an Irish (I think) name. First introduced in 1620 at the beginning of the 30 Years War at White Mountain near Prague, CZ when an Irish (I think) soldier fathered a Czech son... [more]
Ryuen Japanese (Rare)
龍 (Ryuu) means "Dragon" and 円 (En) means "Circle, Round". En also can also mean "Garden" in this surname. ... [more]
Ryūfuku Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 竜福 (Ryūfuku), a clipping of 竜福寺 (Ryūfukuji), a former temple that was located possibly somewhere in the prefecture of Tochigi in Japan.... [more]
Ryūfuku Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 龍福 (Ryūfuku), a clipping of 龍福寺 (Ryūfukuji) meaning "Ryūfuku Temple", a former temple in the division of Shiji in the area of Shiraki in the ward of Asakita in the city of Hiroshima in the prefecture of Hiroshima in Japan.
Ryufuku Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 竜福 or 龍福 (see Ryūfuku 1 or Ryūfuku 2).
Ryuhfuku Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 竜福 or 龍福 (see Ryūfuku 1 or Ryūfuku 2).
Ryūjin Japanese
It means "Dragon God" or "Dragon King". Using the kanjis 龍 (ryuu, ryou, tatsu) meaning "dragon", and 神 (kami, jin or shin) meaning "god". It can be read as Tatsugami as well.
Ryuk Korean
North Korean form of Yuk.
Ryumine Japanese
竜/龍 (Ryu) means "Dragon, Imperial" and 嶺,峰,峯 (Mine) means "Peak, Summit, Mountaintop".
Ryusaki Japanese
Ryu means "dragon" or "imperial" and Saki means "peninsula".
Ryuuen Japanese
Most common transcription of Ryuen, meaning "dragon garden".
Ryuufuku Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 竜福 or 龍福 (see Ryūfuku 1 or Ryūfuku 2).
Ryūzaki Japanese
From Japanese 竜, 龍 (ryū) meaning "dragon" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula". One bearer of this surname was actor Katsu Ryūzaki (竜崎 勝, 1940–1984), born Fumiaki Takashima (高島 史旭).
Ryūzono Japanese (Rare)
Means "dragon garden" in Japanese.
Ryuzono Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Ryūzono.
Ryzhkov Russian
From ryzhko, meaning "red".
Rzasa Polish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pond where duckweed grew, from Polish rzasa ‘duckweed’.
Rzayev Azerbaijani
Means "son of Rza".
Rzayeva f Azerbaijani
Feminine form of Rzayev.
Rzazadə Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Rezazadeh.
Rzepka Polish
from rzepka, diminutive of rzepa ‘turnip’, either a nickname or a metonymic occupational name for a peasant who grew root vegetables.
Rzewuski Polish
It indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village of Rzewuszki.
Rzonca Polish
Nickname from Polish dialect rzonca, standard Polish rzodca ‘land steward’.
Rzucidlo Polish
Nickname for an eager or ebullient person from a derivative of rzucic ‘to throw’, ‘to throw oneself at someone’.
Rzymski Polish
Derived from a place named ryzm "Rome". Denoting for someone from Rome.