Meaning and Name Origin
Russell \r(u)-sse-ll\ 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.
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 (#97 out of 88799, 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 the boy name Russell and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Russell (#409 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Rusty, Russel, Russ and Rufus. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1950-1959 and have become much less widespread since, with the forms Rusty, Rufus, Russel, Russ 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.