"ruler's counselor"

Ronald Origin and Meaning

The name Ronald is a boy's name of Scandinavian, Norse origin meaning "ruler's counselor".

To many people, Ronald is off playing shuffleboard with Donald, though others aren't swayed by its old man image. In the Top 10 in the late 1930s through the mid-1940s, the name later came to be strongly associated with President Reagan, along with his nicknames, Ron and Ronnie—as well as with the McDonald franchise mascot. A more youthful bearer is the likable character Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. In the early days of Hollywood, Ronald Colman was a dashing matinee idol.

It was the Vikings who brought the name to England and Scotland. In the US, it first appeared on the charts in 1883, moving up to the Top 20 from the 1930s to the 1950s.

# 612 in the US

Ronald Rank in US Top 1000

# 1380 on Nameberry

Ronald Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ronald Popularity

Famous People Named Ronald

  • Ronald Wilson Reagan40th U.S. president
  • Ronald William "Ron" HowardAmerican actor director
  • Ronald Aylmer FisherEnglish statistician and geneticist
  • Ronald Charles ColmanEnglish actor
  • Ronald IsleyAmerican singer
  • Ronald Duddley MooreAmerican screenwriter
  • (Arthur Annesley) Ronald FirbankBritish novelist
  • Ronald Fieldsbetter known by his stage name Cougnut, American rapper
  • Ronald Jason "Ron" EldardAmerican actor
  • Ronald Joseph "Ronnie" RadkeAmerican singer
  • Ronald RossEnglish physician and Nobel Prizewinner
  • Ronald KoemanDutch footballer
  • Ronald George Wreyford Norrishwinner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Ronald Harry Coasewinner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Ronald Wayne "Ron" BurkleAmerican billionaire, investor and philanthropist
  • Ronald Belford "Bon" ScottScottish born, Australian lead singer of AC/DC

Ronald in Pop Culture

  • Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley of the Harry Potter series
  • Ronald "Ron" Swansoncharacter in Parks and Recreation
  • Ronald "Ron" Stoppablecharacter from Kim Possible
  • Ronald McDonaldMcDonald's mascot
  • Ronald "Mac" McDonaldcharacter on the TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Ronald Lesliemain character in G. A. Henty's, Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond aka Firestormcharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Ronald Millermain character from the movie "Can't Buy Me Love"