Unusual Male Names

Uncommon Male Names Starting with R

Exotic and Unique Male Names Starting with R

A list of beautiful, exotic, and uncommon male names starting with the letter R (with history of origin and meanings).

Last updated: March 21, 2022.

 

Rafe

Years of origin: circa 9th century.

Origin: Old Norse.

Meaning: wise wolf.

Rafe name variations: Reif, Raef, Rave.

 

Ragnar

Years of origin: late 8th or early 9th century.

Origin: Old Norse.

Meaning: army adviser.

Ragnar name variations: Ragner, Regnar, Raginheri, Ragnarr.

 

Raiden

Country of origin: Japan.

Meaning: thunder, lightning.

History behind: name derived from Japanese rai (translated as thunder) and den (translated as lightning).

Raiden name variations: Raden, Raidenn, Rayden.

 

Randolph

Years of origin: circa 9th century (as Rudolf).

Origin: Old English or Old Norse.

Meaning: wolf, shield.

Reference: Rudolf of Fulda, Benedictine monk.

Randolph name variations: Randolf, Rudolph, Randulph, Randall, Rolf, Rollo.

 

Randver

Name meaning: edge, border.

Origin: Old Norse.

Years of origin: circa 7th century.

Reference: Randver, Danish king.

Randver name variations: Rendver, Randever, Ranver.

 

Raphael

Origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: God has healed.

Raphael name variations: Raphaell, Rafaelius, Rafael.

 

Rasmus

Name meaning: admired, beloved.

First mention: circa 3rd century (as Erasmus).

Origin: Scandinavian and Greek.

Historical reference: Saint Erasmus of Formia.

Rasmus name variations: Rasmos Rasmmos, Erasmus, Erasmos, Ras, Asmus, Rastos, Razmus, Rasme, Remus, Ramus, Rassmus.

 

Rathbarth

Name meaning: advisor, counsel.

Origin: Old Norse.

Years of origin: circa 7th century.

Reference: Rathbarth, king of Gardariki.

Rathbarth name variations: Ratebarth, Ratbarth, Ratbart.

 

Rayari

Name meaning: poet.

Origin: Hindu.

Rayari name variations: Shayari, Sayari, Rayar, Shayar.

 

Raymond

Years of origin: circa 9th century.

Origin: Old German.

Meaning: wise protector.

Reference: Raymond the first, Count of Toulouse.

Raymond name variations: Raymont, Reymont, Reymond.

 

Reginald

Years of origin: circa 10th century.

Origin: Old High German.

Meaning: wise ruler, wise leader.

Reference: Reginald the first, Count of Burgundy.

History behind: derived from the Germanic ragin (translated as advice) and wald (translated as rule).

Reginald name variations: Regnald, Regnalt, Reynaud, Regenald.

 

Reiner

Years of origin: circa 10th century.

Origin: Old High German.

Meaning: army advisor.

History behind: name derived from the Germanic words ragin (translated as advice) and heri (translated as army).

Reiner name variations: Reyner, Rainer, Raynor.

 

Reza

Name meaning: affirmation, approval.

Origin: Persian.

Reza name variations: Reda, Reiza, Reida.

 

Rheagan

Name meaning: noble ruler, wise ruler.

Origin: Irish.

Rheagan name variations: Riogain, Riagain, Raegan, Reagan, Rhaegan, Regan, Ragen.

 

Rhys

Name meaning: fervor, eagerness, zeal.

First mention: circa 11th century.

Origin: Old Welsh.

Historical reference: Rhys ap Tewdwr, King of Deheubarth.

Note: often used as a female name.

Rhys name variations: Reece, Reese, Rease, Rhies, Rhy, Rheis.

 

Riambau

Name meaning: ever.

Origin: Catalan and Irish.

Earliest mention of the name: circa 14th century.

Historical reference: Riambau de Corbera, General of Sardinia.

Riambau name variations: Rhiambau, Rheambau, Rhiambay, Rheambay, Riambay.

 

Richmond

Years of origin: circa 14th century.

Origin: Old French.

Meaning: splendid, sumptuous.

Richmond name variations: Richemond, Richemont, Richmont, Rickmond.

 

Ridge

Origin: Old English.

Meaning: living by a ridge.

Ridge name variations: Rid, Riedge, Riddge.

 

Ridley

Years of origin: circa 18th century.

Origin: English.

Meaning: living by a clearing in the woods.

Ridley name variations: Riddle, Ripley, Riddley.

 

Rikiwulf

Name meaning: leading wolf, regal wolf.

Origin: Old Norse.

Earliest mention of the name: around 9th century.

Historical reference: Rikiwulf, a Viking from the Wulfing dynasty.

Rikiwulf name variations: Rikkiwulf, Rikiewulf, Rikiwulph, Reikiwuf.

 

Risto

Name meaning: Christ bearer.

Origin: Scandinavian and Greek.

History behind: it is a Scandinavian form of the name Christopher.

Risto name variations: Hristo, Rist, Rissto, Hristofor.

 

Rockford

First mention of the name: around 18th century.

Country of origin: France.

Meaning: strong as a rock.

Rockford name variations: Rokford, Rockfort, Rochefort.

 

Roderick

Years of origin: circa 8th century.

Origin: Old German.

Meaning: famous and powerful.

History behind: name derived from the Germanic elements hrod (translated as fame) and ric (translated as power).

Reference: Roderic, Visigothic king.

Roderick name variations: Rodric, Ruderick, Roderich.

 

Roman

Origin: Roman.

Meaning: of Rome.

History behind: derived from the Latin word romanus (translated as a citizen of the Roman Empire).

Roman name variations: Romann, Romain, Romano.

 

Ronald

Years of origin: circa 9th century (as Rognvald).

Origin: Old Norse.

Meaning: adviser, ruler.

Reference: Rognvald Heidumhaere, King of Vestfold.

Ronald name variations: Ronalt, Ronaldin, Ronaldus, Ron, Ronn.

 

Ronan

Years of origin: circa 6th century.

Origin: Irish.

Meaning: small seal.

Reference: Saint Ronan of Locronan.

Ronan name variations: Roenenn, Ronann, Rennan.

 

Rory

Years of origin: circa 13th century.

Origin: Gaelic.

Meaning: red, rust colored.

Rory name variations: Rorry, Roerrie, Rorie.

 

Rouen

Name meaning: area, field.

Origin: French.

Rouen name variations: Roen, Royen, Rouenn, Rounenann.

 

Royce

Origin: English.

Meaning: prominent king, famous king.

Royce name variations: Royse, Reece, Roicee.

 

Rudeth

Name meaning: famous wolf or red wolf.

First mention: circa 11th century.

Origin: Germanic.

Rudeth name variations: Rudett, Rudy, Rudolf.

 

Rudhart

Name meaning: red ruler.

Origin: Germanic.

First mention: around 11th century.

Historical reference: Rudhart, Bishop of Constance.

Rudhart name variations: Ruthard, Ruthard, Ruthart.

 

Rune

Name meaning: mystery, secret.

Origin: Old Norse.

Rune name variations: Runi, Runne, Runnen, Runa (female version).

 

Rupert

Years of origin: circa 8th century.

Origin: Old German.

Meaning: famous, bright.

History behind: name derived from the Germanic berhtl (translated as famous or bright). It is also a German form of the name Robert.

Reference: Saint Rupert of Bingen.

Rupert name variations: Rubert, Ruppert, Robert.

 

Rutger

Name meaning: famous, honored.

Origin: Swedish and Old French.

Rutger name variations: Roger, Rogier, Rotger, Rotgier.

 

Ryker

Origin: Old German.

Meaning: rich, wealthy, prosperous.

Ryker name variations: Ryaker, Riaker, Riker.

 

Ryne

Name meaning: uncertain, may mean illustrious.

Origin: Old Irish.

Ryne name variations: Rian, Ryan, Rien, Ryen.

 

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