What does Russell mean?
Russell /rus-sell/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced RUSS-el. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Russell is "little red". Also possibly refers to ruddy skin or to reddish hair. Philosopher Bertrand Russell; author Russell Baker; actor Russell Crowe.
How popular is Russell?
Russell is a very prominent first name for men (#82 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#93 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Russell for boys. Russell reached its top position of #49 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #409. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Russell and corresponding names. Rusty, Russel, Russ and Rufus are the prominent alternative forms of Russell (#409 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.569%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.1182%, down 79.2%), with the forms Rufus, Russ, Russel, Rusty and Russell falling out of style. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Russell▼ is pronounced similarly to Rossell. This name tends to be less commonly used than Russell.