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What does Russell mean?

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 has 3 variants: Roussell, Russ and Russel.

For more information, see also related boy names Rousseau, Rufus and Rusty.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Russell name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rufus, Russ, Russel, Russell, Rusty in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Russell is pronounced similarly to Rossell. This name tends to be less commonly used than Russell.