What does Ronald mean?
Ronald /ron-ald/ 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.more]
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 #397 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Ronnie (#755 from current records), Reginald (#805), Ronaldo, Ronny, Ron, Reinaldo, Reynaldo and Reynold are the popular related forms of Ronald (#397 from current records) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these forms of Ronald was common during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.58%) and has become significantly diminished since (usage 0.12%, ▼80%), with forms such as Ronny becoming somewhat dated.
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Suggested similar baby names are Arnald, Arnauld, Arnold▼, Bald, Conal, Conall, Derald, Donal▼, Donald▼, Dugald, Ewald▼, Fernald, Gerald▼, Harald, Mcdonald, Oswald▼, Rad, Rafal, Ralf, Randale, Randall▼, Randl, Randle, Ranell, Ranolf, Raynard, Renard, Renardo, Renat, Rendall, Rennard, Ricard, Riobard, Riocard, Riyad, Roald, Roan, Roane, Roark, Roban, Rockly, 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.