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What does Russel mean?

Russel Pronunciation of Russel [rus-sel] as a name for boys has its root in Old French, and Russel means "little red". Russel is a version of Russell (Old French): also possibly refers to ruddy skin.

Associated with: little, red.


Russel has 1 variant: Roussell.

1 more related form via Russell: Russ.

Creative forms:
(male) Rasel, Raysel, ..

(female) Rusla, Rusrel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Russel Giancarlo (R.G.), ..

How popular is Russel?

Russel is a very popular first name for males (#554 out of 1220, Top 45%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6781 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Russel reached its apex position of #310 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Russell (#403 last year) and Russ are the popular varying forms of Russel appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Russel was widespread among parents during 1910-1919 (median #787) and has become much reduced since (#1467, 90.1%), with versions like Russ going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Russel is alike in pronunciation to Raziel and Rossell. Other recommended names are Aksel, Ansel, Asael, Asiel, Askel, Aurel, Buel, Burnel (see Burnell), Cassiel, Counsel, Edsel, Eskel, Eudel, Guriel, Hansel, Haskel, Heshel (see Hershel), Mansel, Muriel, Nuriel, Rafael, Rafel, Ramses, Ramsey, Rancel, Randel, Ravel, Reese, Reuel, Rigel, Rislea (see Risley), Rislee (see Risley), Risley, Rodel, Ronel, Ross, Rosse, Rosselin, Rousseau, Rube, Ruben, Rudee, Rudey, Rudie, Ruel, Rune, Rurek, Rush, Russo, Russton, Rustan, Rusten, Rustin, Ruston, Rusty, Rustyn, Rutger, Rutley, Ursel and Zuriel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Russel.

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