Baby Names: Names Starting with R


RUFUS: From the Latin for "red-haired one." There are several names similar to Rufus for redheads; peruse all the choices before settling on one for your carrot top. Relatives: Ruphus, Rufe, Ruff, Rufford. Namesake: Rufus Thomas.

RUSH: From the French for "red-haired." A great name for a tackle. He wouldn't have to wait around for a nickname. Relatives: Rousse, Rusk, Ruskin, Rust. Namesakes: Bob Rush, Dan Rusk, Mount Rushmore, Rush Limbough.

RUSSELL: From the Old French for "red-haired" or Old English for "foxlike." Relatives: Russel, Russ, Rusty. Namesakes: Russell Baker, Russell Long, Rusty Staub, Bertrand Russell.

RUTH: From the Hebrew for "compassionate friend." Not as popular as Rachel and Rebecca, but usage is on the rise. Relatives: Ruthie, Ruthanne. Namesakes: daughter-in-law of Naomi, Ruth Gordon, Ruth Benedict, Ruth St.Denis, Babe Ruth.

RUTHERFORD: Old English for "from the cattle ford" or "from the ford of red stones." Perfect for the baby with the gray flannel layette. Relative: Ruthren. Namesakes: Rutherford B. Hayes, Dame Margaret Rutherford.

RYAN: Irish Gaelic for "little king." This trendy choice has caught on with girls as well as boys. Relatives: Ryen, Rian. Namesakes: Ryan O'Neal, Nolan Ryan, "Ryan's Hope."

RYLAN: Old English for "dweller in the rye field." The added letter gives Ryan an entirely different spin. Relatives: Ryland, Ryle, Rycroft, Ryman, Ryton. Namesakes: Gilbert Ryle, Ryman Auditorium.

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