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Meaning and name origin
Ronald \r(o)-na-ld\ as a boy's 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 is a very popular first name for males (#21 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16750 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ronald for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ronald and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Reginald, Reynold, Ron, Ronald, Ronaldo, Ronnie and Ronny. (2015 statistics).
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