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What does Rainer mean?

Rainer Pronunciation of Rainer as a boys' name is pronounced RAY-ner. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rainer is "deciding warrior". Variant of Raynor. Related surnames are occasionally used as given names. Mount Rainier is an important landmark named for a British naval officer, but the Indian name was Tacoma or Tahoma, meaning "snowy peak". Modern use of Rainier (ray-NEER) may be influenced by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Also form of Ragnar.


ASSOCIATED WITH warrior, surnames, british (england), modern, prince (king)


VARIANTS Rainier, Ranier, Rainor, Rayner, Raynier, Reiner

SEE ALSO Raines, Raymond

OTHER FORMS VIA RAINIER, RAYNOR Ragnar, Rane, Ranell, Ranieri, Raniero, Raynar, Rayne, Raynell, Raynord, Reinier, Renier



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How popular is Rainer?

Rainer is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#9598 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Raymond (#299 LAST YEAR) is the only prominent alternative form of Rainer (OUTSIDE TOP 2000). Adoption of this relation of Rainer reached its most widespread during 1920-1929 (#15) and has become significantly diminished since (#299, DOWN 94.3%), with Raymond becoming less in vogue. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raymond in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Bailer, Banner, Caine, Daine, Dayner, Einer, Faine, Gaine, Gainer, Gaines, Gainor, Garner, Gayner, Haider, Heiner, Joiner, Kaine, Kaiser, Laine, Maier, Mariner, Miner, Nailer, Paine, Radnor, Rafer, Ragnor, Raice, Raiden, Rain, Rainart, Raine, Rainger, Rains, Ranger, Rayder, Raynes, Rayniero, Regner, Rider, Riker, River, Tailer, Tanner, Wagner, Warner and Zaine. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rainer.

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