What does Ronald mean?
Ronald [ronald] as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-nald. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Ronald is "ruler's counselor". Also possibly from the same root as Reginald and Reynold. Ronald emerged among the Scots, and was not widely used in the rest of the English-speaking world until the end of the 19th century. American President Ronald Reagan; clown Ronald McDonald.
Ronald has 18 more relations via Reginald, Reynold: Raonull, Raynald, Raynaldo, Reginald▼, Regnauld, Reinald, Reinaldo, Reinold, Reinwald, Renado, Renato, Renaud, Renauld, Renault, Reynald, Reynaldo, Reynold and Rinaldo.Creative forms:
(male) Rodald, Ronold, ..
(female) Ronalyn, Ronron, .. Middle name pairings:
Ronald Edward (R.E.), ..
How popular is Ronald?
Ronald is a very prominent first name for males (#21 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#21754 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Ronald for boys. Ronald reached its apex rank of #10 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #433 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Ronnie (#771 from current records), Reginald (#875), Reynaldo (#1112), Ronaldo (#1160), Ronell, Ronn, Ronny, Ronal, Rinaldo, Renaldo, Reinaldo, Renato, Reynold, Raynaldo and Ron are the popular related forms of Ronald (#433 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Ronald was common during 1940-1949 (usage of 2.3%) and has become significantly diminished since (usage 0.1%, ▼96%), with forms such as Ronnie becoming somewhat dated.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Arnald, Arnauld, Arnold▼, Bald, Conal, Conall, Derald, Donal, Donald▼, Dugald, Ewald, Fernald, Gerald▼, Harald, Mcdonald, Oswald▼, Rad, Rafal, Ralf, Randale, Randall▼, Randl (see Randall), Randle, Ranell, Ranolf, Raynard, Renard, Renardo, Renat, Rendall, Rennard, Ricard, Riobard, Riocard, Riyad, Roald, Roan, Roane, Roark, Roban, Rockly (see Rockley), Rod▼, Rodas, Rodd, Rodel, Rodell, Rodolf, Roeland, Rogan, Rojay, Roland▼, Rolando, Rolf, Rolland▼, Rolly, Roman▲, Romano, Romolo, Ronan▲, Ronel, Ronnell, Ronson, Roul, Rowan▲, Rowell, Rowland, Royal▲, Royale, Royall, Royan, Royle, Thorald, Torald, Tybald and Wald. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ronald.See names in meaning and etymology.