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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

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Surname Origin Meaning
Radcliff Locality Locality A place in Lancashire, England
Radford Cornwall Cornish-British The fern way
Radland Cornwall Cornish-British The fern land
Radnor Cornwall Cornish-British The enclosure of ferns
Raffles Surname From Raefel, long-lubber, lath-back, inactive, sluggish
Rainsford Locality Locality Ravensford
Raleigh Surname Rhawlaw, in the Welsh, signifies a lieutenant, a vicar
Ralph Surname Saxon From Rad, counsel, and ulph, help
Ralston Surname Ralphstown in Renfrewshire
Ramage Surname Branches of trees
Ramirez Spain Spanish patronymic from the personal name Ramiro
Ramos Spain Spanish someone who lived in a thickly wooded area
Ramsden Surname Saxon Locality The winding valley, or the extremity of the valley
Ramsey Locality Locality Ram's Isle, a place in Huntingdonshire, England
Ran Saxon Saxon Pure, clear.
Randal Saxon Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Rander Wales Gaelic-Welsh A tract of land on a point or promontory
Randolph Saxon Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Randulph Saxon Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Rankin Surname Danish Rank, right, upright, erect
Ranney Locality Locality Renaix, Reinow, or Renais, a town of Switzerland
Ransom Surname The price paid for redemption from captivity or punishment
Ransome Surname The price paid for redemption from captivity or punishment
Rapp Surname Rap, in Danish, is swift, nimble
Rawdon Locality Locality Royden, near Leeds, in Yorkshire, England
Rawley Wales Welsh Rhawlaw, a vicar
Rawlings Surname Ralphs son
Rawlinson Surname son of Rawlings
Rawson Surname Ravenson
Ray Holland Dutch Roemur, one who extols, praises, boasts
Raymer Holland Dutch Roemur, one who extols, praises, boasts
Raymond Teutonic Teutonic From Rein, pure, and mund, mouth; pure mouth, one who abstains from wanton discourses
Rayner Denmark Danish Raner, a leader of the Danes
Read Surname Rede, advice, counsel, help, or from the fenny plant, a reed
Record Surname Rikerd, or Richard
Redden Cornwall Cornish-British A place of ferns
Reddenhurst Locality Locality Reddon, Cornish British, fern, and hurst, Saxon, a wood or grove
Reed Saxon Saxon From Rede, advice, counsel, help, or from the fenny plant, a reed
Reese Cornwall Cornish-British Pushing, violent; a strong or powerful man
Reeves Surname From Reeve, a bailiff, provost, or steward
Reid Scotland Scottish person with red hair or a ruddy complexion
Reilly Ireland Irish descendant of Raghailleach
Reinard Saxon Teutonic-Saxon From Rein, pure, and ard, nature, disposition
Reinhart Holland Dutch A pure heart
Renard France French A fox, cunning
Retz Locality Locality A town in Moravia
Reyes France French king from Latin rex
Reynard Saxon Teutonic-Saxon From Rein, pure, and ard, nature, disposition
Reynolds Saxon Saxon Sincere or pure love from, Rhein, pure, and hold, the old English for love
Reynoldson Saxon Saxon son of Reynolds
Rheese Cornwall Cornish-British Pushing, violent; a strong or powerful man
Rhefeldt Holland Dutch deer-field
Rhodes Locality Locality island of Rhodes, in the Mediterranean Sea
Rian Celtic Gaelic manner, order, arrangement, sobriety, good disposition
Ricard Surname Of a powerful, rich, or generous disposition
Rice Wales Welsh Rys
Rich Surname Wealthy, opulent; anciently, great, noble, powerful
Richard Surname Of a powerful, rich, or generous disposition
Richardson Surname son of Richard
Richmond Saxon Saxon rich-mouth; figuratively, eloquent
Ricketts Surname Ricards
Riddell Locality Locality From lands in the county of Yorkshire, formerly called the Ryedales
Ridder Surname Ruyter
Riggs Denmark Danish wealthy, rich
Ring Holland Dutch A Canton; a district of an ecclesiastical congregation
Ringe Denmark Danish Mean, low, small, little
Ringgold Wales Welsh Rhingol, a cleft, cliff, or steep bank
Rios Spain Spanish habitational name from any of the places called Ríos, predominantly in Galicia
Ripley Locality Locality A market-town in west Yorkshire, England
Ritchie Scotland Scottish Richard
Ritter Surname Ruyter, a knight, a chevalier
Rivera Spain Spanish any of the places named Rivera
Roberts Saxon Saxon From Rod, counsel, and bert or bericht, bright or famous
Robertson Scotland Scottish son of Robert
Robinson Surname Son of Robbin
Roby Denmark Danish From Ro, rest, repose, and by, a town--the peaceful town
Rochester Locality Locality city in Kent, England
Rochfort Locality Locality town of France
Rodden Cornwall Cornish-British A place of ferns
Rodland Saxon Saxon Counsel for the land
Rodriguez Spain Spanish son of Rodrigo
Roe Celtic Gaelic Red-haired
Roemer Holland Dutch From Roem, glory, renown; a praiser, a boaster
Roger Teutonic Teutonic Rhu, rest, quiet, peace, and gard, a keeper
Roland Saxon Saxon Counsel for the land
Rollin Saxon Saxon Counsel for the land
Romaine Surname Roman
Romanno Locality Locality lands in the county of Peebles, Scotland
Romero Spain Spanish pilgrim to Rome
Roof Surname Reeve
Roorback Holland Dutch A town in Bavaria, Germany
Root Locality Locality A place lying low
Roschild Surname a town in Denmark
Rose Scotland Scottish a place with wild roses
Rosencrans Denmark Danish Rosenkrands, a garland of roses
Roseveldt Holland Dutch field of roses
Ross Scotland Scottish A shire of Scotland
Roswell Surname Rosveldt, the rose-field
Roth Germany German Red color
Rothschild Surname a town in Denmark
Rouse France French red-haired
Rousseau France French reddish hair
Roux France French someone with red hair
Rowe Locality Locality A river that overflows its banks
Rowel Locality Locality the river Rouel, in the Netherlands
Rowen Locality Locality a tree, the mountain-ash
Rowle Cornwall Cornish-British Rule, order, law
Rowley Saxon Saxon From Row, sweet or pleasant, and ley, a field
Rowntree Surname mountain-ash
Roy Celtic Gaelic red-haired
Rue Locality Locality Reaux, in Hainault, Netherlands
Rufus France French Red
Ruggles Locality Locality A town of France
Ruiz Spain Spanish son of Ruy
Rundell Surname Arundle
Runnion Celtic Gaelic A small hill
Runon Celtic Gaelic A small hill.
Rusbridge Locality Locality town of Rousbrugge, in Germany
Russ Surname Russian
Russell Scotland Scottish Red-haired
Russey Locality Locality A town in Doubs, France
Rutgers Holland Dutch one desirous of rest, a keeper of rest
Rutherford Locality Locality the lands of Rutherford on the river Tweed, in the parish of Maxton, Roxburgshire, Scotland
Ruthven Surname the lands and barony of Ruthven, in Perthshire, Scotland
Ruyter Surname A knight or chevalier
Ryan Ireland Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin
Ryder Surname A forest officer, being mounted
Rye France French From Rive, a coast, a shore, a bank, border
Rynders Locality Locality A town in North Jutland

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