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Meaning and name origin

Rainer \ra(i)-ner\ as a boy's 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.


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

For more information, see also related boy names Ragnar, Raines and Raymond.


Rainer is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#8620 out of 88799, Top 10%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Rainer and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Raymond (#264). (2014 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raymond outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rainer is also pronounced similarly to Raynar and Reinier. Other suggested similar baby names are Gainer, Raine and Rainger. Like Rainer, these names are not commonly used.