ROWAN: Irish Gaelic for "red-haired" and Old English for "rugged." Relatives: Rowen, Rowe, Rowell, Rowley, Rowson, Rowena. Namesakes: Carol Rowan, Dan Rowan.
ROXANNE: From the Persian for "brilliant one." This might strike an old-fashioned chord in some, but the name is a noble one well worth considering. Relatives: Roxane, Roxann, Roxanna, Roxie, Roxy, Rox. Namesakes: Cyrano de Bergerac's love, Roxanne Pulitzer.
ROY: From the Old French for "regal one." This works for the boy who would be king. Relatives: Royal, Royale, Royall, Roi, Royce. Namesakes: Roy Rogers, Roy Acuff, Roy Lichtenstein.
RUBY: From the Old French for "red gem." The ruby is the birthstone for July babies. Relatives: Rubie, Rubee, Rubia, Rubina. Namesakes: Ruby Keeler, Ruby Dee, "Ruby Begonia," ruby slippers.
RUDOLPH: From the Old German for "wolf." Rudolph has faded into the Name Hall of Fame perhaps because of the red-nosed reindeer song, but Rudy and Dolph are interesting. Relatives: Rudolf, Rodolf, Rodolphe, Rodolfo, Raoul, Rudy, Rudie, Rolf, Rolph, Rollo, Rollin, Dolph. Namesakes: Rudolph Valentino, King Rudolf, Rudolf Nureyev, Rudy Vallee, Rollo May, Dolph Lundren, Wilma Rudolph, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
RUDYARD: Old English for "from the red gate." Relatives: Ruddy, Rudy. Namesake: Rudyard Kipling.
RUE: An herb name from the Greek and Latin. Rue, a delightful choice, also means "regret." But don't let that stop you. The herb signifies "remembrance." Namesake: Rue McClanahan.