"redhead, fox-colored"

Russell Origin and Meaning

The name Russell is a boy's name of French origin meaning "redhead, fox-colored".

One of many R- boys’ names that started as a nickname for a redhead, Russell had a measure of popularity from the early twentieth century through the 1950s. But it's now lost much of its color -- except for a few dynamic bearers, actors Russell Crowe and Russell Brand and sports stars Russell Westbrook and Russell Wilson.

Russell has been much more common as a surname, whose many namesakes have included philosopher Bertrand, Gay Nineties entertainer Lillian, actresses Rosalind, Jane and Keri, actor Kurt, basketball star Bill and singer Leon.

# 391 in the US

Russell Rank in US Top 1000

# 471 on Nameberry

Russell Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Russell Popularity

Famous People Named Russell

  • Russell Ira CroweAustralian actor
  • Russell Wendell SimmonsAmerican entrepreneur
  • Russell Edward BrandEnglish actor and comedian
  • Russell Dominic PetersCanadian comedian
  • Russell George ToveyEnglish actor
  • Russell AllenAmerican football player
  • Russell AllenAmerican musician of Symphony X
  • Russell OkungAmerican NFL player
  • Russell Carrington WilsonAmerican NFL quarterback
  • Russell WestbrookAmerican basketball player
  • Russell Joseph HowardBritish Comedian
  • Russell T Daviesstage name of Stephen Russell Davies, Welsh screenwriter
  • Russell Alan Hulsewinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Russell Louis "Rusty" SchweickartAmerican astronaut
  • Ryder Russell Robinsonson of actress Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson
  • Russell Wallace Dayson of Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis
  • Russell Franke (b. 2011)son of YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke from the channel 8Passengers

Russell in Pop Culture

  • RusselJames "Rusty,James", main character of S.E. Hinton novel Rumble Fish
  • Russell "Rusty" Collinsalso known as Firefist, character in Marvel Universe
  • Russellcharacter from "Up"
  • Russell Van Edencharacter from "What About Mimi?"
  • Russell Edgingtoncharacter from the TV show "True Blood"
  • Russell Winslowfrom the TV series "Brotherly Love"
  • Russell Finleyfrom the movie "Wayne's World"
  • Russell Fergusoncharacter in the 2012 "Littlest Pet Shop" animated series
  • Russell Jacksoncharacter on TV's "Madam Secretary"

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