ROONEY: Irish Gaelic for "red-haired." A delightful name that, sadly rhymes with "looney," "gooney," and "puny." Such unfortunate rhyming possibilities should be kept in mind because classmates are likely to select one of them as a nickname for your child. Relatives: Roon, Roone, Rune. Namesakes: Roon Arledge, Mickey Rooney, Andy Rooney.
ROOSEVELT: From the Dutch for "field of roses." Many New Deal babies were given this name in honor of then-president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Relatives: Rosey, Rosie. Namesakes: Roosevelt Brown, Rosie Grier, Theodore Roosevelt.
RORY: Irish Gaelic for "red king." This adorable name can be carried with equal grace by boys or girls. Relatives: Rurik, Roric, Ruaidhri. Namesakes: Rory Calhoun, Rory Kennedy
ROSCOE: Old Norse for "from the deer forest." This is a wonderful but seldm-used name. Namesakes: Roscoe Tanner, Roscoe Lee Brown.
ROSE: From the Latin or Greek for the flower. This charming name has hundreds of variations when linked with other names. It also stands alone beautifully as a first or second name. Relatives: Rosa, Rosie, Rosey, Roz, Rozsi, Rosalie, Rosalee, Rosalia, Rosetta, Rosette, Rosina, Rosena, Rasia, Rois, Rosita, Rosebud, Rosabell, Rosalinda, Rosalind, Rosalyn, Rosly, Roslin, Roseline, Rosamund, Rosmund, Rosemonde, Rozamund, Rosanne, Rosanna, Roanee, Roanna, Rosaleen, Rosellen, Roselle, Rosemary, Rosemarie, Chara, Charo. Namesakes: Rose Kennedy, Princess Margaret Rose, Roseanne Barr, Rosa Parks, Tokyo Rose, Rosemary Clooney, Pete Rose, Rosetta Stone.
ROSLIN: From the Old French for "little red-haired one" and a blending of Rose and Lynn. This offspring of Rose has quaint variations. Relatives: Rosselin, Roslyn, Rose-Lynn, Rosalyn, Rosalind, Rosalinde, Rosalinda, Rosalynda. Namesake Rosalynn Carter.
ROSS: Scottish Gaelic for "from the peninsula," Anglo-Saxon for "horse," and a clan name. This handsome name commands respect. It has recently found a following as a strong second name and as an alternative to the overworked Scott. Relatives: Rossano, Roswald. Namesakes: Ross Martin, H. Ross Perot, Betsy Ross, Rossano Brazzi, Diana Ross.