Baby Names Starting with R
RACHEL: Hebrew for "little lamb." This beautiful name has always been a favorite but has mercifully never become too trendy. Relatives: Rachael, Rachele, Rochelle, Rahel, Raquel, Rae, Ray, Shelley, Shelly, Shellie, Chelle, Chellie. Namesakes: wife of Jacob, Rachel Carson, Rachel Ward, Rachel Roberts, Raquel Welch, Shelley Long.
RADCLIFF: Old English for "red cliff." A bit hefty unless the child looks particularly studious. Relatives: Radcliff, Radcliffe, Radclyffe, Radclyf, Radford, Radley, Radnor, Rad. Namesakes: Radcliffe College, Radnor (Penn.)
RAE: Old English for "doe." Relatives: Ray, Rai. Namesakes: Rae Dawn Chong, Norma Rae.
RAIN: From the Latin for "ruler." This could also refer to the meterological phenomenon. Relatives: Raine, Rein, Reign, Raine, Rayne, Rana, Rane.
RAINIER: From the Latin for "ruler." Relatives: Rainer, Raner. Namesakes: Rainer Fassbinder, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Rainer Maria Rilke.
RAISSA: From the Old French for "thinker" and Greek for "rose." In the spirit of glasnost, consider Raisa. Relatives: Raisa, Raizel, Rayzel, Razel. Namesake: Raisa Gorbachev.
RALEIGH: Old English for "dweller by the deer meadow." Relatives: Rawley, Rawly, Rawls, Leigh, Lee. Namesakes: Sir Walter Raleigh, Lou Rawls, Raleigh (N.C.)
RALPH: Old English for "wolf" or "wise counsel." After a dry spell, Ralph and the variations are once again gaining favor. Relatives: Ralf, Raff, Raffi, Rolf, Rolph, Raoul, Raul, Ralston. Namesakes: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sir Ralph Richardson, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Nader, Raul Julia.
RAMONA: Spanish for "wise protector." Relatives: Ramonda, Ray, Rae, Mona. Namesake: "Ramona Quimby."
RAMSEY: Old English for "ram's land." If astrology amuses you, take a close look at this for an Aries baby. Relatives: Ramsay, Ramsden. Namesakes: Ramsey Clark, Ramsey Lewis, Ramsay MacDonald.
RANDOLPH: Anglo-Saxon for "shield-wolf." A handsome choice with solid nickname choices. Relatives: Randolf, Randall, Randal, Randell, Randl, Randle, Randy, Rankin, Rand, Ran. Namesakes: Randolph Scott, Randolph Macon, Randall Jarrell, Ayn Rand.
RANGER: From the Old French for "dweller in the field" and an occupational name for "forest guardian." Relative: Rainger. Namesakes: "The Lone Ranger," "Ranger Rick."