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Meaning and name origin
Russell \r(u)-sse-ll\ as a boy's 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 popular first name for males (#82 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#97 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Russell for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Russell and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rufus, Russ, Russel, Russell and Rusty. (2015 statistics).
Russell is also pronounced similarly to Rossell. This name tends to be less commonly used than Russell.
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