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What does Ranald mean?

Ranald Pronunciation of Ranald [ranald] as a boys' name is of Old Norse origin, and the name Ranald means "ruler's counselor". Ranald is a Scottish form of Ronald (Old Norse).

Associated with: scottish, norse, ruler (king), counselor.


Ranald has 1 variant: Roneld.

5 more relations via Ronald: Renaldo, Ronal, Ronaldo, Rondale and Ronell.

Creative forms:
(male) Ronnald, ..

(female) Ranah, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ranald Steele (R.S.), ..

How popular is Ranald?

Ranald is an uncommonly occurring given name for men. Ranald is also an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Ronald (#433 a year ago), Ronaldo (#1160), Ronell, Renaldo and Ronal are the popular variation forms of Ranald (outside Top 2000). These relations of Ranald were popular as baby names in the 1940s (average #1466) and have become significantly less common since, with the version Ronald falling out of fashion. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Renaldo, Ronal, Ronald, Ronaldo, Ronell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ranald is pronounced similarly to Rainhold, Raynald, Reinald, Reinold, Reinwald, Renauld, Reynald and Reynold. Other suggested similar names are Arnald, Danal, Donald, Garald, Harald, Rafal, Rainault, Rand, Randal, Randale, Randall, Randl (see Randall), Randle, Ranell, Ranolf, Ransly (see Ransley), Raynaldo, Raynard, Reinaldo, Renard, Renaud, Renault, Reynaldo, Rinaldo and Roald. These names tend to be more frequently used than Ranald.

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