Ronald - Meaning of Ronald
[ 2 syll. ro-nal(d), ron-a-ld ] The baby boy name Ronald is pronounced as RAAN-ahLD †. Ronald is used predominantly in the English and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Germanic and Old Norse origins. From Old Norse roots, its meaning is well-advised ruler. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'regin' meaning advice, decision, protection, the gods ; 'valdr' to rule. Rögnvaldr (Old Norse) is an old form of Ronald. The name has the same Germanic roots as Reynold. It was popular in medieval lands with strong Scandinavian influence, especially in Scotland and northern England where it was also found as Ranald and Raghnall. The name was adopted by English speakers from the end of the 19th century, and it has since lost its Scottish flavor.
Ronald is a variant of the name Reynold (English).
The name Ronalda (English) is the female version of Ronald.
Ronald is a widely used name; it has 29 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Ranald, Ronal, Ronaldo (used in Portuguese as well), Rondale, Roneld, Ronell, Ronello, Roni, Ronie, Ronnald, Ronney, Ronnold, and Ronson. The short form Ron, and the pet forms Ronnie and Ronny are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Ronald include Naldo (Spanish), Raghnall (Irish), Ragnvald (Scandinavian), Rainald (Spanish), Ranaldo (Spanish), Raonull (Gaelic), Raynaldo (Spanish), Reinaldo (Spanish), Renaldo (Spanish), Rey (Spanish), Reynaldo (Spanish), Rinhaldo (Portuguese), and Ronand (Dutch).
See also the related form, Rhona (English and Scottish).
Ronald is a classic favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was before. The name's popularity rose from the 1900s up to the 1940s; before that, it was of occasional use only. At the peak of its usage in 1943, 2.010% of baby boys were given the name Ronald. Its ranking then was #9. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.030% and its ranking #493, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Ronald was more frequently used than the next most popular name, Rey, by 85% . Ronald has predominantly been a baby boy name, though in the past century it has also been used for girls. In 1949, Ronald as a baby boy name outnumbered its use as a girl name by 364 times.
Baby names that sound like Ronald include Rainhold, Reinald, Reinhold, Reinold, Reinwald, Reynald, Reynold, Roneld, Ronnold, Rumold, Rainold, Raynaldo, Reinaldo, Renaldi, Renaldo, Reynalde, Reynaldo, Rinaldo, Rinhaldo, and Romuald.
† Pronunciation for Ronald: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"
A famous person named Ronald is Ronald Reagan, US President, born 6 February 1911 - 5 June 2004, Tampico, Illinois.