What does Reynolds mean?
Reynolds \re(y)-nol-ds, reyn(o)-lds\ as a boys' name. Reynolds' name origin is Latin, and the meaning of Reynolds is "ruler's advisor". Reynolds is a derivative of Reginald (Latin): from Reginaldus. Reynolds is also a variation of Reynold (Latin).
Reynolds has 40 related forms via Reginald, Reynold: Naldo, Raghnall, Rainault, Rainhold, Raonull, Raynald, Raynaldo, Rayniero, Reg, Reggie▼, Reggy, Regin, Reginaldo, Reginalt, Reginauld, Reginault, Regino, Reginvald, Reginvalt, Regnauld, Regnault, Reinald, Reinaldo▼, Reinaldos, Reinhold▼, Reinold, Reinwald, Renado, Renaldo, Renato, Renaud, Renauld, Renault, Rene▼, Reynald, Reynaldo▼, Reynaldos, Rheinallt, Rinaldo and Ronald▼.
Reynolds is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#106 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Reynolds and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Reynolds (#unlisted) are Ronald (#397 a year ago), Rene (#796), Reginald (#805), Reynaldo, Reynold, Reinhold, Reinaldo and Reggie. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5118%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1253%, down 75.5%), with versions such as Reginald, Rene, Ronald, Reynaldo and Reggie becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)