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What does Ronald mean?

Ronald Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: norse, ruler (king), counselor, scots, 19th century.


Ronald has 12 variants: Ranald, Renaldo, Ron, Ronal, Ronaldo, Rondale, Roneld, Ronell, Ronello, Ronn, Ronnie and Ronny.

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.

2 feminine forms: Rhona and Ronni.

Creative forms:
(male) Rodald, Ronold, ..

(female) Ronalyn, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ronald Brycen (R.B.), ..

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)

Ronald reached its apex rank of #10 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #433 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ronald name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ronald outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ronald, Raynaldo, Reginald, Reinaldo, Renaldo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Renato, Reynaldo, Reynold, Rinaldo, Ron in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ronal, Ronaldo, Ronell, Ronn, Ronnie, Ronny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ronnie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arnald, Arnauld, Arnold, Bald, Conal, Conall, Derald, Donal, Donald, Dugald, Ewald, Furnald, Garald, Harald, Jerald, Mcdonald, Osvald, 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, Torald, Tybald and Wald. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ronald.

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