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, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#97 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Russell for boys. Russell reached its highest rank of #49 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Russell and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Russell (#409), Rusty, Russel, Russ and Rufus. (2014 statistics).
Russell▼ is also pronounced similarly to Rossell. This name tends to be less commonly used than Russell.