What does Russell mean?
Russell [rus-sell] 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.
(male) Risell, Rushsell, ..
(female) Rusel, Rusla, .. Middle name pairings:
Russell Joziah (R.J.), ..
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. Demographics)
Russell reached its top position of #51 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #403. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Rusty, Russel, Russ and Rufus are the prominent alternative forms of Russell (#403 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Russell were at the apex of their popularity in the 1900s (average #910) and have become much less conventional since, with forms like Rusty going out of style.
Russell▼ is pronounced similarly to Rossell. Other suggested similar names are Ansell, Askell, Boswell, Buell, Burnell, Burrell, Caswell, Curtell, Durell, Durrell, Euell, Haskell▼, Mansell, Oswell, Purcell, Rancell, Randell▼, Ranell, Raynell, Rendell, Rodell, Ronell, Ronnell, Rosse, Rosselin, Rowell, Rudelle (see Rudy), Ruel, Russo, Russton, Rusten, Rydell and Yudell. These names tend to be less commonly used than Russell.See names in meaning and etymology.