Baby Names: Names Starting with R


REEVE: Middle English for "bailiff." Relatives: Reave, Reeves. Namesakes: Christopher Reeve, George Reeves.

REGAN: Irish Gaelic for "little king." King Lear's second daughter was named Regan. Relatives: Reagan, Rayghun, Reagen, Regen, Regino, Regent. Namesake: Ronald Reagan.

REGINA: Latin for "queenly." Appropriate for little girls destined for greatness. Relatives: Reggie, Gina, Rina, Regan, Reyna, Reine, Rein, Reina, Rain, Rane, Reyna, Rani, Raina. Namesake: Regina College.

REGINALD: Old English for "powerful one." Relatives: Reggie, Reggy, Reg, Regis, Reynolds, Reynold, Reinwald, Regnauld, Reinald, Renault, Rene, Rinaldo, Renato, Reinhold, Raghnall. Namesakes: Regis Philbin, Reggie Jackson, Mary Renault, Judge Reinhold, Reynolds Wrap.

REMINGTON: Old English for "from the raven's home." It's possible the fleeting but popular television show "Remington Steele" in the early 1980s spawned a group of little Remingtons. Relatives: Remmy, Remy, Remmie, Remme. Namesakes: Remy Martin, Frederic Remington, Remington automatic.

REMUS: Latin for "swift oarsman." Namesakes: Uncle Remus, Romulus and Remus.

RENEE: From the Latin for "reborn." Renee is most often used for girls and Rene for boys. Relatives: Rene, Renata, Rennie, Renate, Renette, Renita, Renny. Namesakes: Renee Richards, Renata Adler.

RENFREW: Old Welsh for "from the still waters." And we all know still waters run deep. Relatives: Renfred, Renshaw, Renton.

REUBEN: From the Hebrew for "behold a son." One of those biblical names that should be more popular. Relatives: Rube, Ruben, Reubin, Rubin, Reuven, Reuby, Ben, Benny. Namesakes: Rube Goldberg, "Hey, Rube," Reuben sandwich.


REX: Latin for "king." He may not grow up to be king, but he can shoot for the Senate. Relatives: Rei, Roi, Rexford, Rexer. Namesakes: Rex Harrison, Rex Stout, Rex Chapman.

RAYNARD: From the Old German for "brave one." Relatives: Raynard, Renard, Reinhard, Reinhart, Rinehart, Renaud, Reynaud, Reynart, Reyner, Rey, Ray. Namesakes: Mary Reinhart, Fernando Rey, Satyajit Ray, "Reynard the fox."

RHEA: From the Greek for "stream" or "mother" and Latin for "poppy." Relatives: Ria, Rea. Namesakes: the mother of the Greek gods, Rhea Perlman.

RHODA: From the Greek for "rose." The River Rhonda flows through Wales, and in Celtic Rhonda means "mighty river." Relatives: Rhonda, Rhodanthe, Rhodia, Rhodie, Rodie, Roe. Namesakes: Rhonda Fleming, Roe vs. Wade, "Rhoda Morgenstern," "Help Me, Rhonda."

RHODES: Middle English for "dweller by the crosses" and Greek for "roses." Namesakes: Cecil Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, Colossus of Rhodes, Rhodes scholar.

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