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What does Rainer mean?

Rainer \ra(i)-ner\ 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.


Variations

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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Ragnar, Raines and Raymond.

Rainer has 12 more different forms via Rainier, Raynor: Ragnar, Rane, Ranell, Ranieri, Raniero, Ray, Raynar, Rayne, Raynell, Raynord, Reinier and Renier.


Popularity

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)

Ray (#733 last year) and Raymond (#264) are the prominent alternative forms of Rainer (#unlisted). Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.9595%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.5015%, down 47.7%), with the versions Ray and Raymond becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Rainer and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ray, Raymond in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Gainer, Raine and Rainger. Like Rainer, these names are not commonly used.

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