[ 2 syll. ray-mon(d), ra-ymo-nd ] The baby boy name Raymond is pronounced as REY-MahND in English or Rey-MAON in French †. Raymond is used predominantly in the English and French languages, and it is derived from Germanic origins. The name is of the meaning well-advised protector. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'ragin' meaning counsel, advice ; 'munt' protection, protector. Raginmund (Germanic) and Raimont (Old French) are older forms of Raymond. The name was borne by two Spanish saints, Saint Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275), patron saint of lawyers, and Saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204-1240), patron saint of chilbirth. It was introduced into England by the Normans, but later fell into disuse before a revival among English speakers in the mid 19th century. The name Ramona (German and Spanish) is the female version of Raymond.
The name Raymond is used to a great extent; it has 54 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Radmond, Raeman, Raemon, Raemondo, Raemonn, Raiman, Raimon, Raimonds, Ramond (also used in Dutch), Ramonde, Ramone (also used in Dutch and Spanish), Ramonte, Rayman, Raymand, Raymann, Raymen, Rayment, Raymon (also used in Spanish), Raymondo (also used in Spanish), Raymone, Raymont, Raymun, Raymunde, Redmond (also used in Gaelic and Irish), Reimonde, Reimundo, Remone, Reymon, Reymond, and Reymound. The short form Ray, and the variant spellings Raemond, Raimond, and Raymund are other English forms.
Foreign variants of Raymond include Ayman (French), Monchi (Spanish), Mondo (Spanish), Mundo (Spanish), Raimondo (Italian and Spanish), Raimund (German), Raimundo (Portuguese and Spanish), Rajmund (Czech and Polish), Ramon (Spanish), Ramón (Spanish), Ramundo (Spanish), Raymundo (Portuguese and Spanish), Reamonn (Irish), Redmund (Irish), Reimond (Romanian), Reimund (German), Reinmund (German), Reymund (Spanish), Reymundo (Spanish), and Réamann (Irish).
See also the related form, Jamond.
Raymond is a classic favorite. Today it is still popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use previously. At the height of its usage in 1919, 1.121% of baby boys were given the name Raymond. Its ranking then was #14. The baby name has since experienced a substantial fall in popularity, and is currently of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.060% and its ranking #299, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all boy names in its group. In 2018, Raymond was more frequently used than the next most popular name, Ray, by 4 times. The name Raymond has predominantly been a baby boy name, though it has also been given to girls in the past century. In 1933, baby boys named Raymond outnumbered girls by 183 times.
Baby names that sound like Raymond include Raemond, Raimond, Raymund, Reymond, Reymund, Raam, Racham, Raemonn, Rahaeim, Raham, Rahan, Rahane, Raheem, Rahiem, Rahim, Rahma, Rahmahn, Rahman, Rahmen, and Rahmin.
† Pronunciation for Raymond: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
Details of famous persons named Raymond:
Author Ray Bradbury, born Raymond Douglas Bradbury, 22 August 1920, Waukegan, Illinois.
Author Raymond Carver, born 25 May 1938 - 2 August 1988, Clatskanie, Oregon.
Author Raymond Chandler, born 23 July 1888 - 26 March 1959, Chicago, Illinois.