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What does Reynard mean?

Reynard Pronunciation of Reynard [rey-nard] as a boys' name is pronounced ray-NARD. It is of Old German and Old French origin, and the meaning of Reynard is "strong decision; fox". The French word for fox, "renard", comes from medieval European animal stories in which the cunning fox is known as "Reynard" in reference to his cleverness.

Associated with: strong, fox (wolf), medieval, stories (literary).


Reynard has 9 variants: Raynard, Reinhard, Reinhardt, Renard, Renardo, Renaud, Renauld, Rennard and Reynardo.

Creative forms:
(male) Ranard, Rinard, ..

(female) Reyne, Reyre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Reynard Tristian (R.T.), ..

How popular is Reynard?

Reynard is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#23087 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Renard, Reinhard and Raynard are the popular alternative forms of Reynard (outside Top 2000). Adoption of these forms of Reynard reached its apex during 1960-1969 (median #1298). (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raynard, Reinhard, Renard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Reynard is alike in pronunciation to Rainhard and Raynord. Other suggested similar names are Bayard, Bernard, Braynard, Dainard, Daynard (see Dainard), Derward, Eginard (see Eginhard), Gearard (see Gerard), Gerard, Gerrard, Glennard, Hayward, Jerard, Jerrard, Kennaird (see Kennard), Kennard, Lenard, Lennard, Lennerd, Leonard, Leonerd, Leonhard, Lonnard, Mainard, Maynard, Maynhard, Meinhard, Menard, Raechard (see Richard), Ragnar, Rainart, Rayford, Raynald, Raynaldo, Raynar, Rayner, Raynor, Read, Redford, Redfurd (see Redford), Reeford, Reginald, Reinald, Reinart, Reiner, Reinhart, Reinold, Reinwald, Renado, Renaldo, Renato, Renfred, Rexford, Reyd, Reymond, Reynald, Reynaldo, Reynaldos (see Reginald), Reyni, Reynold, Reynolds, Ricard, Richard, Rickard, Rikard, Riobard, Riyad, Ronald, Rudyard, Ryszard, Seward, Steinard and Vernard. These names tend to be more commonly used than Reynard.

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