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260 Baby Boy Names That Start With R

Take a look at our list of baby boy names that start with R, with everything from modern and popular names to old-fashioned and rare names.

Updated June 5, 2024

by Alina Hodkinson

Additional contribution by Stefanie Miller

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You’ve been pregnant for a few months, and all the emotions are coursing through your veins. You’ve just received the most exciting news that you’re expecting a baby boy! You’re interested in boy names that start with R, and you’ve had a few R names for boys jotted down, but nothing has been sticking so far, so you need some help. Well, lucky for you, you’re in the right place!

Baby Boy Names That Start With R

Sometimes, an easy task is to figure out what kind of letter you want your baby’s name to start with. This can have a lot to do with what you might have in mind for the middle names and last names or even just what kind of sound you’re looking for when it comes to your baby’s first name. Here’s a list of 260 baby boy names that start with R — take a look and see if any sound right to you:

10 Popular Boy Names That Start With R

These are the most popular R names for boys. There’s a good variety of classics and some names that have become popular more recently. It’s no secret as to why parents love these names.

1. Rhett — A Dutch name meaning “to advise.”

2. Richard — German for “dominant ruler.”

3. Riley — English for “rye clearing” and Irish for “courageous.”

4. River — In English, this name means “a flowing body of water.”

5. Robert — This name means “bright fame” in German.

6. Roman — In Latin, this name means “citizen of Rome.”

7. Rowan — Scottish for “rowan tree” and Irish for “little redhead.”

8. Ryan — An Irish name meaning “little king.”

9. Ryder — English for “cavalryman” or “messenger.”

10. Ryker — This name means “rich” in German.

10 Common Boy Names That Start With R

Even though these names aren’t as popular as the previous list, many parents still choose them for their baby boys. If you want a well-known name, these R boy names are great contenders.

1. Rafael — Spanish for “God has healed.”

2. Raymond — A German name meaning “wise protector.”

3. Reid — In English, this name means “red-haired.”

4. Remington — English for “place on a riverbank.”

5. Remy — This name means “oarsman” in French.

6. Ricardo — Portuguese and Spanish for “dominant ruler.”

7. Romeo — An Italian name meaning “pilgrim to Rome.”

8. Ronan — This Irish name means “little seal.”

9. Rory — Irish for “red king.”

10. Russell — This name means “redhead” or “fox colored” in French.

19 Modern Boy Names Starting With R

You’ve chosen the right list if you want to give your baby a trendy boy name or a cool boy name. The letter R has many chic yet masculine name options for your little one. These modern R names for boys will stay on trend for quite some time.

1. Raddix — Latin for “root.”

2. Radiant — In English, this name means “shining” or “glowing brightly.”

3. Raiden — Japanese for “thunder and lightning.”

4. Rayan — An Arabic name meaning “land that’s lush and rich in water.”

5. Reason — English for “a statement offered in explanation.”

6. Reece — This modern boy’s name means “ardor” in Welsh.

7. Reign — English for “rule.”

8. Relic — This is an English word for an ancient artifact.

9. Rex — A Latin name meaning “king.”

10. Righteous — This name means “moral” or “ethical” in English.

11. Rio — In Spanish, this name means “river.”

12. Ripley — English for “strip of clearing in the woods.”

13. Rise — This English name means “to lift up.”

14. Rocco — Italian for “rest.”

15. Royal — A French name meaning “the kingly one.”

16. Royce — This name means “son of the king” in English.

17. Rule — French for “famous wolf.”

18. Rumi — A Japanese name meaning “beauty” or “flow.”

19. Ryatt — This name means “little king” in Irish and “brave in war” in English.

8 Biblical Boy Names That Start With R

If you’d like to choose a name from the Bible that starts with R, I highly recommend these as wonderful choices for a baby boy.

1. Rae — English for “ewe.”

2. Rahab — This biblical boy’s name means “spacious” in Hebrew.

3. Ram — Arabic for “archer” and Sanskrit for “pleasing.”

4. Raphael — In Hebrew, this name means “God has healed.”

5. Rehoboam — This name means “who sets the people at liberty” in Hebrew.

6. Reuben — A Hebrew name meaning “behold, a son.”

7. Reuel — Hebrew for “friend of God.”

8. Rufus — This name means “redhead” in Latin.

28 Old-Fashioned Boy Names That Start With R

These timeless names are overdue for a comeback! Look to see if any of these old-fashioned boy names starting with R feel like the right fit.

1. Radcliff — This name means “red cliff” in English.

2. Ralph — English for “wolf counsel.”

3. Ramses — An Egyptian name meaning “son of God.”

4. Randall — This name means “shield wolf” in English.

5. Randolph — This name is also English for “shield wolf.”

6. Redmond — An Irish name meaning “wise protector.”

7. Reginald — This name means “counsel power” in English.

8. Regis — French for “kingly.”

9. Reilly — An Irish name meaning “courageous.”

10. Rene — French for “reborn.”

11. Rensselaer — This name means “from Rensselaer, Gelderland” in Dutch.

12. Richmond — In German, this name means “powerful protector.”

13. Roald — This Norwegian name means “famous ruler.”

14. Robertson — English for “son of Robert.”

15. Robinson — An English name meaning “son of Robin.”

16. Rockefeller — This German name means “from Rockenfeld.”

17. Rodrick — German for “famous ruler.”

18. Roger — This German name means “famous warrior.”

19. Roland — A German name meaning “famous throughout the land.”

20. Romulus — Latin for “citizen of Rome.”

21. Ronald — This Norse name means “ruler’s counselor.”

22. Roosevelt — This old-fashioned name means “rose field” in Dutch.

23. Ross — English for “upland” and Scottish for “peninsula.”

24. Rousseau — A French name meaning “little redhead.”

25. Ruben — In Hebrew, this name means “behold, a son.”

26. Rudy — This name means “famous wolf” in German.

27. Rupert — German for “bright fame.”

28. Rutherford — English for “cattle ford.”

19 Cute Boy Names That Start With R

Every adorable baby boy deserves a cute name to match. If you’re considering an R boy name, check out this category!

1. Rafi — A Spanish name meaning “God has healed.”

2. Ralphie — This cute boy’s name is English for “wolf counsel.”

3. Ray — This name means “wise protector” in German.

4. Reagan — An Irish name meaning “little king.”

5. Reddy — Middle English for “prepared.”

6. Renley — An English name meaning “clearing” or “meadow.”

7. Ricky — In German, this name means “peaceful ruler.”

8. Rico — Spanish for “dominant ruler.”

9. Riku — Japanese for “land” or “continent.”

10. Ritchie — A German name meaning “dominant ruler.”

11. Robbie — English for “bright fame.”

12. Robin — This name is also English for “bright fame.”

13. Rocky — English for “rock” and Italian for “rest.”

14. Roe — This name means “deer” in English, “red” in Irish, and “ability” in Korean.

15. Rollie — A German name meaning “famous throughout the land.”

16. Romari — In French, this name means “glorious ruler.”

17. Rubeus — Latin for “of the bramble bush.”

18. Rudolph — This name means “famous wolf” in German.

19. Rue — An English name for an herb or “regret.”

37 Cool Boy Names That Start With R

Not only are these R names for boys super cool, but they also feel strong and badass! I definitely wouldn’t sleep on any of these options.

1. Rad — English for “adviser.”

2. Ragnar — A Norse name meaning “warrior” or “judgment.”

3. Rainier — This name means “wise army” in German.

4. Rambo — A Swedish name meaning “Raven’s Hill.”

5. Ramon — Catalan for “wise protector.”

6. Ramsey — This name means “low-lying land” in English.

7. Ransom — An English name meaning “shield’s son.”

8. Raul — Spanish for “wolf counsel.”

9. Ravi — In Hindi, this name means “conferring.”

10. Rebel — English for “defiant person.”

11. Red — This is an English nickname used for someone with red hair.

12. Remus — A Latin name meaning “oar” or “twin.”

13. Ren — Japanese for “water lily” or “lotus.”

14. Renegade — An English name meaning “defector” or “rebel.”

15. Revere — In Middle English, this name means “to admire.”

16. Reyes — This name means “royalty” in Spanish.

17. Rhys — Welsh for “ardor.”

18. Riaz — An Arabic name meaning “meadows” or “gardens.”

19. Rigden — English for “valley by the stream.”

20. Ringo — This name means “apple” in Japanese.

21. Riot — This is an English word name that means “violent civil disorder.”

22. Ritter — German for “knight” or “mounted warrior.”

23. Rivera — In Spanish, this name means “bank” or “shore.”

24. Roberto — This name means “bright fame” in Italian and Spanish.

25. Rockwell — An English name meaning “rock spring.”

26. Rodrigo — This name means “famous ruler” in Spanish and Portuguese.

27. Rodriguez — Spanish for “son of Rodrigo.”

28. Rogan — An Irish name meaning “redhead.”

29. Rogelio — In Spanish, this name means “famous spearman.”

30. Rogue — English for “independent” or “uncontrolled.”

31. Rohan — This name means “sandalwood” in Hindi.

32. Rook — English for “crow” and Persian for “chariot.”

33. Rudd — An English name meaning “red” or “ruddy.”

34. Rudyard — This name means “red enclosure” in English.

35. Rune — The meaning of this name is “secret” in German and Swedish.

36. Rush — English for “basket weaver.”

37. Ryu — A Japanese name meaning “dragon.”

15 Country Boy Names That Start With R

These country boy names are filled with Southern charm. Look at these boy names starting with R to see if any of them stand out to you!

1. Ralston — English for “Ralph’s settlement.”

2. Randy — An English name meaning “shield wolf.”

3. Rawlings — This name means “son of Raul” in English.

4. Reggie — English for “counsel power.”

5. Reynolds — This name means “powerful counsel” in German.

6. Riff — This is the English word for a short musical phrase.

7. Rigby — An English name meaning “ridge farm.”

8. Riles — English for “rye hill.”

9. Rod — This name means “famous ruler” in English.”

10. Rodney — In English, this name means “island near the clearing.”

11. Roper — This is an English occupational name for a rope maker.

12. Rowdy — An English name meaning “loud” or “spirited.”

13. Rowley — English for “rough clearing.”

14. Roy — French for “king” and Celtic for “red-haired.”

15. Rusty — A French name meaning “redhead.”

16 Western Boy Names That Start With R

Every little cowboy deserves a great name, and this category certainly delivers! Try one of these Western names for your baby boy.

1. Rafferty — An Irish name meaning “abundance” or “prosperity.”

2. Rancher — This is an English occupational name for someone who works on a ranch.

3. Ranger — French for “forest guardian.”

4. Reeves — This is an English occupational name for a bailiff.

5. Reno — Spanish for “dark-haired.”

6. Rhodes — A Greek name meaning “where roses grow.”

7. Rich — English for “old, wise ruler.”

8. Ridge — An English word for an elevated body part or structure.

9. Riggs — This name means “one who lives on the ridge” in English.

10. Rip — In Dutch, this name means “strength” or “might.”

11. Rooney — English and Gaelic for “descendant of the champion.”

12. Roscoe — This Norse name means “deer forest.”

13. Russ — French for “redhead.”

14. Rydell — A Swedish name meaning “of the woodland clearing.”

15. Rye — English for “cavalryman” or “messenger.”

16. Ryland — This name means “place where rye is grown” in Old English.

45 Unique Boy Names That Start With R

These names are fun and creative — exactly what unique should be! If you’re looking for a more uncommon name than most, I recommend checking these out.

1. Racer — An English name meaning “to race.”

2. Racham — Hebrew for “mercy” or “compassion.”

3. Radar — An English acronym for radio detection and ranging.

4. Radburn — This name means “reedy stream” in English.

5. Radley — English for “red meadow.”

6. Radovan — A Croatian name meaning “happy.”

7. Rahim — This Arabic name means “empathetic” or “merciful.”

8. Raine — A French name meaning “ruler.”

9. Raj — Arabic for “hope” and Sanskrit for “ruler.”

10. Ramesh — In Sanskrit, this name means “one who is the god of Rama, husband of Lakshmi.”

11. Rasalas — An Arabic name meaning “the northern star of the lion’s head.”

12. Rasmus — Finnish and Scandinavian for “beloved” or “desired.”

13. Raven — In English, this name means “wise.”

14. Reed — English for “red-haired.”

15. Regulus — In Latin, this name means “prince.”

16. Renatus — A Latin name meaning “reborn.”

17. Renji — Japanese for “second love.”

18. Renner — This name means “messenger” in English and “to run” in German.

19. Renon — French and Italian for “place and surname.” It’s derived from the name of a place in Italy.

20. Renzo — This Italian name means “from Laurentium.”

21. Revello — In Catalan, this name means “wild olive tree.”

22. Reyansh — This name means “ray of light” in Hindi.

23. Rhisiart — Welsh for “brave ruler.”

24. Rhythm — This name means “beat” or “flow” in Latin.

25. Riah — A Hebrew name meaning “the Lord has remembered.”

26. Ridley — English for “cleared wood.”

27. Riordan — This Irish name means “bard” or “royal poet.”

28. Rishi — This name means “sage” in Sanskrit.

29. Riven — In English, the name means “to split.”

30. Roark — An Irish name meaning “illustrious and mighty.”

31. Rocket — English for “jet-propelled tube.”

32. Rohmer — German for “pilgrim” or “fate.”

33. Rojo — In Spanish, this name means “red.”

34. Roko — This Croatian name means “rest.”

35. Rollo — Latin for “wolf.”

36. Ronin — This Irish name means “little seal.”

37. Ronson — This name means “son of Ronald” in Scottish.

38. Rooster — English for “roosting bird.”

39. Rosen — German for “rose” and Bulgarian for “burning bush.”

40. Roux — In French, this name means “russet.”

41. Ruger — A German name meaning “renowned spear.”

42. Ruskin — This Scottish name means “from a family of tanners.”

43. Ruslan — Slavic for “lion.”

44. Rustam — A Persian name meaning “tall” and “brave.”

45. Rza — An American name that means “ruler, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, Allah.” It was created by Rihanna for her son.

53 Rare Boy Names That Start with R

Need more inspiration? These rare, hidden gems are the perfect place to look for a great R boy name.

1. Raanan — A Hebrew name meaning “fresh” or “luxuriant.”

2. Rabi — Arabic for “gentle wind.”

3. Race — English for “compete.”

4. Radek — Czech for “happy”  and Polish for “willing.”

5. Rader — This is a German occupational name for a wheelwright.

6. Radi — This name means “adviser” in English.

7. Radimir — Russian for “famously happy.”

8. Raed — An English name meaning “red-haired.”

9. Rafa — An Arabic name meaning “happiness” and “prosperity.”

10. Rafif — This name means “glittering” or “gleaming” in Urdu.

11. Rafiq — This Arabic name means “friend” or “companion.”

12. Raghav — This name means “son of Raghu” in Sanskrit.

13. Rahem — Arabic for “compassionate.”

14. Rai — Japanese for “next child.”

15. Raidon — In Japanese, this name means “god of thunder.”

16. Rajah — Arabic for “hope” and Sanskrit for “ruler.”

17. Raleigh — This name means “deer meadow” in English.

18. Rama — This name means “lofty” in Sanskrit.

19. Ramiro — Portuguese for “great judge.”

20. Ramy — This name means “archer” in Arabic and “pleasing” in Sanskrit.

21. Ramzi — In English, this name means “low-lying land.”

22. Rana — The meaning of this name is “king” in Sanskrit.

23. Rand — English for “living on a riverbank.”

24. Rani — A Hebrew name meaning “my song” or “my joy.”

25. Rashan — This name means “one who has a good sense of judgment” in Pahlavi.

26. Ravine — English for “chasm” or “gulley.”

27. Raylen — This name means “counselor” in French and “protecting hands” in English.

28. Rea — This Greek name means “a flowing stream.”

29. Remo — This is an Italian occupational name for an oarsman.

30. Renz — This name means “from Laurentium” in Italian.

31. Rexton — English for “king’s town.”

32. Rhema — A Greek name meaning “that which is spoken.”

33. Rian — Irish for “little king.”

34. Rida — This name means “devoted to God” and has Portuguese and Arabic roots.

35. Ridwan — An Arabic name meaning “satisfied.”

36. Rieker — German for “powerful army.”

37. Riel — Hebrew for “God is my strength.”

38. Rigel — An Arabic name meaning “foot.”

39. Riki — German for “dominant ruler.”

40. Rilan — The meaning of this name is “from the Rye land” in English.

41. Rivaldo — In Portuguese, this name means “river.”

42. Rivan — This name means “horse rider” in Hindi.

43. Roar — Spanish for “famous spearman.”

44. Roby — This name means “bright fame” in English.

45. Rocklin — This name means “rock meadow” in English.

46. Roel — German for “famous throughout the land.”

47. Roi — French for “king” or Celtic for “red-haired.”

48. Romin — In Hindi, this name means “arrow fish.”

49. Ronell — An English name meaning “circle.”

50. Roni — This name means “my song” or “my joy” in Hebrew.

51. Rosh — The meaning of this name is “chief” in Hebrew.

52. Ryley — An Irish name meaning “courageous.”

53. Ryver — Latin for “stream of water.”

There are many things to plan for and lots of lists to make in preparation for your new baby boy, but try not to let baby naming add stress to the wonders of becoming parents. If you’re interested in a baby boy name starting with R, we hope these names gave you some ideas. Make a list, check it twice, and you’ll eventually find the perfect name for your perfect baby boy.

Be sure to also take a peek at some of our other baby name lists, like our short boy names, badass boy names, preppy baby names, and classic baby names. Have fun choosing a beautiful name you love for your baby boy!

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