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, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16750 out of 88799, Top 19%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ronald for boys. Ronald reached its highest rank of #10 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ronald and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ronald (#397), Ronnie (#755), Reginald (#805), Ronny, Ron, Ronaldo and Reynold. (2014 statistics).
Ronald▼ is also pronounced similarly to Raynald, Reinald, Renauld and Reynald. Other suggested similar baby names are Donald▼, Rinaldo and Roald. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ronald.