Baby boy names that start with R can be classic (even ancient), trendy, or both. So from the unique to the all-American, we’ve tracked down more than fifty of our favorite R names for boys, and their meanings too.
Reid: A Scottish surname meaning “red” and now a popular first name for boys and girls too.
Rylan: Meaning either “island meadow”, or “from the rye land”.
Rory: Another Celtic classic meaning “red king”. In Gaelic, it’s more commonly spelled Ruaridh (ROO-ree), but you can also take your pick from Ruairidh, Ruairi, Ruaraidh, Ruari, Ruaidri, Ruariadh, Ruary, Ruiridh, Ruraidh, Ruraigh, Rury, and Rori.
Ricardo: A Latin version of Richard. If you know your little peanut is going to be more of a Rick or Ricky than a Rich or Richie, this might be the name for you.
Remy: One of a couple of beautifully simple French R baby boy names meaning “oarsman”. The other is Remi.
Russell: Some say French, some say English, some say Norse. But whatever the origin, the meaning of this timeless name is always “red-haired”. It also gets contracted to Russ or Rush, for short.
Romeo: An Italian and Shakespearean classic.
Ronin: A variation on Ronan.
Raiden: One of the most unique R names for a boy, which traces its origins to Japan. It refers to the mythical god of thunder and lightning. This can also be spelled Rayden.
Royce: Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Thought to be from old English, meaning “rose”.
Rhys: A timeless Welsh classic, it means “passion” or “enthusiasm”.
Roberto: The Italian version of Robert.
Reed: A natural, rivery twist on Reid.
Ruben: A modern spelling of Reuben, the Hebrew name that means “Behold, a son”.
Rocco: Of Italian origin, meaning “restful”.
Ryland: Another Old English name for the land of rye.
Rowen: Of Irish origin, another strong name meaning “red-haired”.
Ronald: An old Scandinavian name meaning “advice”.
Raul: A common Spanish and Portuguese boy name starting with R, which references both “wise counsel” and “a wolf”.
Roland: Meaning “renowned throughout the land” or simply “famed land”.
Roy: Gaelic? Yes. An R boys’ name? Yes. Its meaning? You’ve guessed it: “red-haired”. But, before you move on looking for something more powerful, it also has roots in the old French, for “king”.
Rodrigo: Another popular Latin twist on an old German name, this time Roderick, which means “great renown”.
Reece: Or Reese, a more international spelling of the Welsh name Rhys.
Ridge: Old English name for a boy born on a – you guessed it – a ridge.
Reign: An unusual male name starting with R, meaning “rule” or “sovereign”.
Roger: An endlessly popular R boys’ name throughout the ages, from old French, but probably going back further to the ancient Germanic tribes of northern Europe. It means “ famous spear”.
Ramon: Spanish and Portuguese variation of Raymond, meaning “wise protector”.
Ro: Anglo-Saxon, also meaning “red-haired”.
Rohan: A variation on Rowan, which also has some serious Lord of the Rings vibes.
Rocky: In old German, this name actually means “rest”, but since the ‘70s, no R boy names conjure up images of strength, power, and running up stairs more than this.
Rudy: An American shortening of the old Germanic Rudolf, meaning “famed wolf”.
Randy: From Randolf or Randall, this is an old English name meaning “protector” or “house wolf”.
Rodney: While this name from old English is still on the top 1,000, it has been dropping.
Robin: A diminutive of Robert, also meaning “fame bright” or “bright glory”. This is also a great male name starting with R for a boy born around Christmas.
Rey: Of Spanish origin, meaning “king”.
Riggs: An old English name for someone who lived on a Ridge, we love this ancient but slightly unusual R boys’ name.
Rome: The eternal city, the seat of empire, the heart of Western civilization.
Rene: A timeless, simple French boy name that starts with R, meaning “rebirth”.
Reginald: Reggie for short? This name means “advisor to the king”.
Regilio: A Spanish twist on the ancient German and more familiar R boys’ name, Roger, which means “well-known or renowned spearman.”
The raddest and baddest R names for boys
Now that we’ve covered the most popular, what are some unique R names for your little boy?
Ra: The Egyptian sun god. A short name for sure, but it sends shivers down the spine, doesn’t it?
Ramses: If you like the ancient Egypt theme, but want something a little less monosyllabic, you could go for Ramses (also spelled Rameses).
Ranger: A more rooted and earthy name, perhaps for a son destined to live the spirit of the wilderness.
Remington: If you love westerns, saloons, and all American brands, Remington could be a powerful choice.
Rex: This Latin word for “king” is also fast climbing the ranks of popular R boys’ names. You couldn’t get more regal…
Royal: …We spoke too soon.
Rhett: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” If it’s old-school Hollywood you’re looking for, look no further than this beautiful name, originally from Dutch, which means “advice”.
River: One of many nature names you could consider for your little one.