Gender: Male Meaning of Rainier: "wise army" Origin of Rainier: German

Rainier Origin and Meaning

The name Rainier is a boy's name of German origin meaning "wise army".

European royal name, and to Americans a place-name evoking the majestic mountain in Washington state.

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Pop Culture References for the name Rainier

Rainor, Rainar, Rayner, Reinier, Raynier, Rainy, Reiny, Rainer, Rainney


abertawe Says:



SaccaraBird Says:


I'm starting to love this name! Mostly as a middle name as it might be a bit tricky for some to pronounce as a first. My fiance is from Washington but as he's in the military he moves around a bit far from home, and so I love the idea of having a landmark of his beloved home state as a namesake! It also sounds unusual and strong and just a little bit regal while having the distinct connotation of mountains and nature (as I'm not from the US I only got this connotation when my Fiance told me but now I love it!).

SQPR Says:


That's how I've always pronounced it too, and I'm not from Washington. :)

eveyalecia Says:


I'm from WA and I pronounce it ray-NEER.

eveyalecia Says:


In Washington we pronounce it ray-NEER.

headintheclouds Says:


Just came back from a trip to Seattle and hiked Mount Rainier, and now Rainier is on my radar and my latest name crush. It's handsome, elegant, strong and regal with roots, plus there's the bonus nature name tie-in. I love the meaning of wise army too (some of my favorite names coincidentally just happen to have some variation of this meaning). I also really like the sound of it (I'd pronounce it like Ray-Ny-eer) and the way it evokes the image of soothing pitter-pattering rain for me :)

Waverly123 Says:


RAIN-eer is 2 syllables, while I'm saying they would pronounce it like 3 syllables Rain-y-er.

Hailey Says:


That IS how it's pronounced, RAIN-eer. Although I have heard tourists call it RAY-neer and ruh-NEER. :-)

lesliemarion Says:


Beautiful nature name, manly and yes, majestic.

Waverly123 Says:


I bet someone would pronounce it "Rain-ee-er". Lots of ties to the weather.