ROARKE: Irish Gaelic for "famous ruler" and Old English for "rock." Sounds as solid as Gibraltar. Relatives: Ruark, Rourke, Rorke. Namesake: Robert Ruark, Mickey Roarke.
ROBERT: From the Old English for "bright" or "famous." A perennial favorite, Robert lends itself well to nicknames. Relatives: Roberto, Rupert, Rubert, Robertson, Robin, Robinson, Robbins, Robben, Riobard, Robby, Robbie, Robey, Rober, Rab, Rob, Bobby, Bob, Bert, Berty, Tito, Dob, Dobbs. Namesakes: Robert the Bruce, Robert E. Lee, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Bobby Knight, "Christopher Robin," Robin Hood, Robinson Jeffers.
ROBERTA: From the Old English for "bright" or "famous" and a feminine variation of Robert. Although never as popular as the masculine version, Roberta is a proper proper name. Relatives: Ruperta, Robin, Robyn, Robbin, Robinette, Robina, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bert, Berta, Bertie, Berthe. Namesakes: Roberta Peters, Roberta Flack, Roberta Muldoon.
ROCHELLE: French for "from the little rock." Relatives: Rochella, Rochette. Namesake: New Rochelle (N.Y.).
ROCHESTER: Old English for "rock fortress." Jack Benny's butler, who else? Relatives: Rocky, Rock, Rocho, Roche, Rockley, Rockwell, Rockne, Rocker. Namesakes: Rock Hudson, Rocky Graciano, Knote Rockne, Norman Rockwell, Rochester (N.Y.).
RODERICK: From the Old German for "famous one." Relatives: Rodrick, Broderick, Rodrigo, Roderich, Rodrigue, Rodney, Rod, Rodd, Roddy, Rodman, Rodmond, Rory, Rick, Ricky, Roderica. Namesakes: King Roderick, Roderick Thorp, Rod Steiger, Rod Stewart, Roddy McDowall, Broderick Crawford.
RODNEY: Old English for "famous one's island." Relatives: Roddy, Rod, Rodman. Namesakes: Rodney Dangerfield, Rod Laver.
ROGAN: Irish Gaelic for "red-haired." This delightful Irish name would work beautifully for a girl or a boy. Relative: Roan.
ROGER: From the Old German for "famous spearman." A fun choice for the son of a C.B. aficionado. That's a Roger. Relatives: Rodger, Rodgers, Rogers, Rogerio, Rog, Ruggiero, Rudiger, Rodiger, Rutger. Namesakes: Roger Moore, Roger Maris, Rutger Hauer, Kenny Rogers, Will Rogers, Roy Rogers, Richard Rodgers, Jolly Roger.
ROLAND: From the Old German for "from the famous island." Relatives: Rolland, Rowland, Rollan, Rollin, Rollins, Rolando, Rodhlann, Rowe, Rollo, Rolly, Orlando, Rolt, Roland. Namesakes: Roland Barthes, Charlemagne's heroic nephew, Rollo May, Howard Rollins.
ROMEO: Italian for "pilgrim to Rome." Although Juliet has found a home in the twentieth century, Romeo remains more firmly planted in the fifteenth. Relatives: Rome, Roman, Romain, Roma, Romy, Romana. Namesakes: Roman Gabriel, Roman Polanski, Romain Gary, Romy Schneider, Romeo and Juliet.
RONALD: Old Norse for "mighty." Former President Reagan may have breathed life back into Ronald. Relatives: Ronnie, Ronny, Ron, Rona, Renaldo, Ronan, Naldo, Ronalda. Namesakes: Ronald Coleman, Ron Greschner, Ron Howard, "Ronald MacDonald".