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What does Rainer mean?

Rainer Pronunciation of Rainer [rain-er] as a boys' name is pronounced RAY-ner. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rainer is "deciding warrior". Variant of Raynor. Related surnames are occasionally used as given names. Mount Rainier is an important landmark named for a British naval officer, but the Indian name was Tacoma or Tahoma, meaning "snowy peak". Modern use of Rainier (ray-NEER) may be influenced by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Associated with: warrior, surnames, british (england), modern, prince (king).


Rainer has 6 variants: Rainier, Rainor, Ranier, Rayner, Raynier and Reiner.

Related boy names: Ragnar, Raines and Raymond.

11 more different relations via Rainier, Raynor: Ragnar, Rane, Ranell, Ranieri, Raniero, Raynar, Rayne, Raynell, Raynord, Reinier and Renier.

Creative forms:
(male) Rainro, Reyner, ..

(female) Rainni, Rainta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rainer Arius (R.A.), ..

How popular is Rainer?

Rainer is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#9598 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Raymond (#259 last year) is the only prominent alternative form of Rainer (outside Top 2000). Adoption of this relation of Rainer reached its most widespread during 1920-1929 (#15) and has become significantly diminished since (#259, down 93.6%), with Raymond becoming less in vogue. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raymond in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rainer and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bailer, Banner, Caine, Daine, Dayner, Einer, Faine, Gaine, Gainer, Gaines, Gainor, Garner, Gayner, Haider, Heiner, Joiner, Kaine, Kaiser, Laine, Maier, Mariner, Miner, Nailer, Paine, Radnor, Rafer, Ragnor, Raice, Raiden, Rain, Rainart, Raine, Rainger, Rains, Ranger, Rayder, Raynes, Rayniero, Regner, Rider, Riker, River, Tailer, Tanner, Wagner, Warner and Zaine. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rainer.

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