Meaning and Name Origin
Ronald \r(o)-na-ld\ 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 41 more related variations via Reginald, Reynold: Naldo, Raghnall, Rainault, Rainhold, Raonull, Raynald, Raynaldo, Rayniero, Reg, Reggie▼, Reggy, Regin, Reginald▼, Reginaldo, Reginalt, Reginauld, Reginault, Regino, Reginvald, Reginvalt, Regnauld, Regnault, Reinald, Reinaldo▼, Reinaldos, Reinhold▼, Reinold, Reinwald, Renado, Renato, Renaud, Renauld, Renault, Rene▼, Reynald, Reynaldo▼, Reynaldos, Reynold▼, Reynolds, Rheinallt and Rinaldo.
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 (#16750 out of 88799, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ronald for boys. Ronald reached its apex rank of #10 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is at #397 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ronald and corresponding names. Ronnie (#755 the previous year), Rene (#796), Reginald (#805), Ronaldo, Ronny, Ron, Reynaldo, Reinaldo, Reinhold, Reggie and Reynold are the popular related forms of Ronald (#397 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less since, with forms such as Reginald, Rene, Ronnie, Ronald and Reynaldo becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)