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What does Rousseau mean?

Rousseau Pronunciation of Rousseau [rousseau] as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Rousseau is "little red-haired one". Related to Russell. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an 18th-century French philosopher whose writings influenced the French and American Revolutions.

Associated with: little, red, 18th century, philosopher.


Rousseau has 2 variants: Roussell and Russo.

1 more different relation via Russell: Russel.

Creative forms:
(male) Raseau, Ruseau, ..

(female) Rousah, Roussean, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rousseau Keelan (R.K.), ..

How popular is Rousseau?

Rousseau is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#4185 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Russel and Russell (#403 a year ago) are the popular varying forms of Rousseau (outside Top 2000). These forms of Rousseau were popular 105 years ago (usage of 0.4%) and are now much less common, with forms like Russel becoming less stylish. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Russel, Russell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rousseau and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Dureau, Juneau, Rislea (see Risley), Roshan, Ross, Rosscoe, Rosse, Rosselin, Rossell, Rosslyn, Rosston, Rourke, Rowlea, Russ, Russton, Rustan and Rusten. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rousseau.

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