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What does Rayner mean?

Rayner Pronunciation of Rayner [rayn-er] as a name for boys is of Old Norse and Old German derivation, and Rayner means "judgment warrior; deciding warrior". Rayner is an alternate form of Ragnar (Old Norse). Rayner is also a derivative of Rainer (Old German): form of Raynor.

Associated with: norse, judgment, warrior.


Rayner has 8 variants: Rainier, Rainor, Ranier, Raynar, Raynier, Reiner, Reinier and Renier.

10 more different relations via Ragnar, Rainer, Raynor: Ragnor, Rane, Ranell, Ranieri, Raniero, Ray, Rayne, Raynell, Raynord and Regner.

Creative forms:
(male) Raner, Raynro, ..

(female) Rayndi, Raynta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rayner Javian (R.J.), ..

How popular is Rayner?

Rayner is a rare first name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#8145 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. The only popular variation form of Rayner (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 is Ray (#713 from recent data). This relation of Rayner reached the peak of its popularity in the 1890s (usage of 0.3%) and is now significantly less popular, with Ray becoming less stylish. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Banner, Bayler, Bayne, Dayne, Dayner, Gainer, Garner, Gayler, Gayne, Gayner, Gaynes, Gaynor, Hayder, Joyner, Kayne, Layne, Mayeer, Mayer, Mayne, Maynor, Payne, Radnor, Rafer, Raine, Raines, Rainger, Ranger, Rayce, Rayder, Raye, Raylen, Raynard, Raynes, Rayniero, Rayven, Royer, Ryder, Ryker, Ryne, Sayer, Tanner, Tayber, Tayler, Wagner, Warner, Wayne and Zayne. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rayner.

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